Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years as British Sovereign in 2012. With the exception of Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, she is the longest-serving monarch, acknowledged worldwide for the duties she has performed with grace and dignity. This special souvenir guide, illustrated with over 80 photographs, looks at every aspect of the life of one of our most beloved monarchs: her childhood and teenage years in the company of her sister, Princess Margaret; her role as Heir Presumptive; her engagement and marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh and as mother to her young family; her accession and coronation. We explore her duties from working with charities, attending the State Opening of Parliament and taking part in traditional ceremonies such as the Royal Maundy, the Trooping the Colour, the colourful Garter Ceremony and the Remembrance Day service. Her passion for horses is well known and this guide will look at this and the other country pursuits she enjoys in her rare 'off-duty' moments.