Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60 years. 60 YEARS!!! It’s called a Diamond Jubilee and called for a good old British celebration. Food, drink, street parties, a 1,000 ships strong armada on the Thames, special horse races, an extra day off work and some rain made it the perfect British party. Hip Hip. Hurray. [63 photos total]

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth (the then Princess Elizabeth) (R), her mother Queen Elizabeth (C) and father King George VI, in this still image taken from archive film footage, received in London on June 1, 2012. The film, entitled Royal Road, was shot during a car trip around the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1941. Still images from the film, were released to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS/www.britishcouncil.org/film/Handout) #
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Union Jack flags hang over Elizabeth Street in London May 30, 2012. Celebrations to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee begin this weekend (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
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Katherine Burgess and her daughter Charlotte, 3, leave their house during a street party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee at Fulham in London June 2, 2012. Queen Elizabeth gets four days of celebrations to mark her 60 years on the British throne under way on Saturday with one of her favourite pastimes, a trip to the horse races, as tributes to the long-serving monarch pour in (Kevin Coombs/REUTERS) #
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Boys wave their flags during a street party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee (Kevin Coombs/REUTERS) #
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Joshua poses for a picture during a Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park, central London (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Mandy Ellis wears a hat decorated with Union flags in front of the London Eye (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #
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A woman wears Union Flag sunglasses in London (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #
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A detail is seen of the Queen's rowbarge Gloriana on the River Thames in London June 2, 2012. On Sunday, a flotilla headed of 1,000 boats assembled from around the globe will sail along the River Thames to accompany Britain's Queen Elizabeth on a royal barge, in a celebration of her Diamond Jubilee (KI PRICE/REUTERS) #
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The Queen's rowbarge Gloriana is seen on the River Thames in London (KI PRICE/REUTERS) #
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Carpet is laid in Queen's rowbarge Gloriana on the River Thames in London (KI PRICE/REUTERS) #
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People pose at a street party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in Fulham, London (KI PRICE/REUTERS) #
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People attend a street party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in Fulham, London (KI PRICE/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles after the Derby horse race at the Epsom Derby festival in Epsom (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
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A spectator waits on Westminster Bridge in central London (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Spectators walk along the Mall in central London (OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS) #
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Guards ride along the Mall in the rain in central London (OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS) #
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A young spectator smiles as she waits for the start of the pageant along the River Thames in central London (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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George Hughes of Derbyshire hugs his wife Margaret near Tower Bridge as they wait for the start of the pageant in central London (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
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Georgia and Alice pose for a photograph at the Piccadilly street party in central London (OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS) #
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Spectators wait for the start of the pageant along the River Thames in London (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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Spectators wait for the start of the pageant along the River Thames in London (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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People wait in the rain wearing wellington boots for the start of the Thames pageant near Tower Bridge in London (PHILIP BROWN/REUTERS) #
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People wear Union Flag umbrella hats as they wait in the rain for the start of the river pageant to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in London (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #
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Anti-monarchy protesters hold placards near the Tower of London (PHILIP BROWN/REUTERS) #
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Boats line up for the start of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the Thames river in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Boats line up for the start of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the Thames river in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Pleasure boats muster on the River Thames, in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, in London (Kevin Coombs/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall join a street party in Piccadilly, central London (OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS) #
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Crowds gather for a street party in Piccadilly, central London (OLIVIA HARRIS/REUTERS) #
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Pleasure boats muster on the River Thames, in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, in London (Kevin Coombs/REUTERS) #
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People wait for a pageant in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Crowds gather at Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames to celebrate Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, London (PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth embarks from Chelsea Harbour to join the pageant on the River Thames, in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave from a boat during a pageant in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee along the River Thames in central London June 3, 2012. Britain's Queen Elizabeth joins an armada of 1,000 boats in a gilded royal barge on Sunday in a spectacular highlight of four days of nationwide celebrations to mark her 60th year on the throne (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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Guns are fired on the banks of the River Thames to celebrate Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, London (PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS) #
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepares to board the Spirit of Chartwell to join Prince William and Queen Elizabeth for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Boats take part in a pageant in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, along the River Thames in London (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Prince William arrives with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to board the Spirit of Chartwell for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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The 'Gloriana' leads the hand-powered craft past Chelsea Bridge during Queen Elizabeth's Thames river pageant during her Diamond Jubilee in London (KI PRICE/REUTERS) #
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Boats take part in a pageant in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, along the River Thames in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Prince Charles meets members of the public as he joins a street party in Piccadilly, central London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles during a celebration commemorating her Diamond Jubilee in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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The 'Gloriana' leads the hand-powered craft towards Tower Bridge, during Queen Elizabeth's Thames river pageant during her Diamond Jubilee in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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The row barge Gloriana leads the manpowered section of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the River Thames in central London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets members of the public before boarding the Spirit of Chartwell for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in central London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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The Spirit of Chartwell, carrying members of Britain's royal family, approaches Westminster Bridge during the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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The Spirit of Chartwell carrying members of the Britain's royal family sails towards Tower Bridge during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in central London (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leaves the Spirit of Chartwell during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Boats take part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
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A skipper steers a boat as a passenger holds up a Union Flag during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
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The Gloriana leads the manpowered craft towards Westminster Bridge during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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The Gloriana leads the manpowered craft towards Tower Bridge during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS) #
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Royal Watermen wait on board of The Spirit of Chartwell during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the River Thames, in London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Manpowered craft pass Tower Bridge during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
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Small vessels from the Sea Cadet corps pass the Houses of Parliament during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
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The remains of lunch lay on a table after a street party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee (Kevin Coombs/REUTERS) #
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The manpowered section of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant makes its way along the River Thames in central London (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Fireworks go off onTower Bridge to mark the end of the river pageant in London (PHILIP BROWN/REUTERS) #
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Three year old Henry Skelton waves his Union flag during the river pageant to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as it passes St Paul's Cathedral in London (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #
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Boats take part in Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
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Detail on the front of the Spirit of Chartwell is seen during the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth watches from onboard the Spirit of Chartwell with other members of the Royal family during her Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #

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