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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates coronation anniversary

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Jun 04, 2013 | 7:16am EDT

Queen Elizabeth II attended a special ceremony in London on Tuesday (04Jun13) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her coronation. The British monarch was feted in a service at Westminster Abbey which she attended with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and other members of the Royal family including Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gave a reading, while British actress Claire Skinner read a new poem written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The ceremony kicks off the Queen's official coronation celebrations, which include a four-day festival later this month (Jul13) at her official London residence Buckingham Palace. The festival will feature performances from U.K. artists including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and pop rock band The Feeling. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June, 1953 aged 27. The coronation came 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

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