The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
was the international celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II
to the thrones of seven countries
, upon the death of her father, King George VI
, on 6 February 1952, and was intended by the Queen to be both a commemoration of her 50 years as monarch and an opportunity for her to officially and personally thank her people for their loyalty. Despite the deaths of Princess Margaret
and the Queen Mother
in February and March 2002, and predictions in the media that the anniversary would be a non-event, the jubilee was marked with large-scale and popular events throughout London in June of the same year, bookended by events throughout the other Commonwealth realms
. Elizabeth attended all of the official celebrations as scheduled, along with her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
; over twelve months, the royal couple journeyed more than to the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, then around the United Kingdom, and wrapped up the jubilee year in Canada. Numerous landmarks, parks, buildings, and the like, were also named in honour of the golden jubilee and commemorative medals, stamps, and other symbols were issued.
Elizabeth's first official engagements related to the Golden Jubilee took place in Jamaica
; for the country, the Queen had acceded in 1952 as monarch of the United Kingdom
and became distinctly......