In what marks the second longest royal reign in history, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on the throne on Monday.
It was on this day that she ascended Britain's throne 60 years, after of her beloved father George VI succumbed to lung cancer.
Gun salutes rang out and marching bands were out in force across the nation to celebrate her diamond jubilee.
To mark the occasion, she renewed the pledge she first made on February 6th, 1952 as heir to the throne at a tender age of 25 years.
Queen Elizabet addressing the nation wrote, "Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee."
"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighborliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth."
"We're planning for well over a million people to congregate on the Thames bridges, on balconies and riverside properties and the river's edge to watch the pageant and salute the Queen, resplendent on the Thames in her glittering royal barge.”-- Pageant master Adrian Evans.
Low key celebrations
The Monday celebrations were low-key for the 85-year-old Queen.
Dressed elegantly in a turquoise, Grey and white wool coat and a matching turquoise hat, the Queen traveled from her Sandringham estate to King's Lynn to meet local delegates and tour the town hall.
She then watched a play enacted by the children from the nearby Dersingham Infant and Nursery School inspired by the changes that occurred during her reign.
The kids also presented her with gifts including a scrapbook, flowers and a lightcatcher.
Ella Tuckwood, one of the kids at the school, stated, “I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know if I was going to say my lines correctly, but I did in the end."
“The Queen is pretty. She was smiling so I could tell she was enjoying the play."
“Today is also sad because her dad died and she became Queen.”
Year-full of celebrations
Despite a low-key start to the Diamond Jubilee Festivities, more celebrations, including regional, national and international events are planned for later in the year.
While the Queen and Prince Phillip will stay in the UK, other Royals including Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge will tour the Commonwealth countries, including Canada, Jamaica and Belize.
Prince Charles and Camilla will visit New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan in May.
Events and celebrations would take place throughout the year for the Diamond Jubilee but the major official program would take place on 10th, 11th and the 13th May in Windsor.
It is expected that around 800 international performers will pay their tribute to the Queen by performing in Windsor Castle's grounds.
And, Saturday 2nd June marks the starting of celebratory activities taking place throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.
These celebration will last till Tuesday 5 June, when her majesty would attend service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Pageant master Adrian Evans stated, "We're planning for well over a million people to congregate on the Thames bridges, on balconies and riverside properties and the river's edge to watch the pageant and salute the Queen, resplendent on the Thames in her glittering royal barge."