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Britain's queen marks 60 years since her coronation

Britain's royal family gathered at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday for a ceremony of pomp and prayer to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth, now 87, was crowned in the abbey on June 2, 1953, in a ceremony laden with tradition. British monarchs have been crowned in the ancient London church since William the Conqueror in 1066.

The queen's children and grandchildren were among 2,000 people attending the anniversary service, which featured hymns, prayers, a reading from Prime Minister David Cameron and a poem written for the occasion by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual head of the Anglican church, told the congregation that the service celebrated the queen's "path of demanding devotion and utter self-sacrifice, a path she did not choose, yet to which she was called by God."

"Today we celebrate 60 years since that moment, 60 years of commitment," he said.

The queen's 91-year-old husband, Prince Philip, attended the service although he had pulled out of an event Monday evening because of illness.

Also attending were the queen's heir, Prince Charles; his sons, Prince William — second in line to the throne — and Prince Harry; and William's wife Catherine, who is due to give birth to their first child next month.

Elizabeth became monarch on the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952. She was crowned more than a year later, after a period of mourning.

Britain's queen marks 60 years since her coronation 06/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:17am]
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