06/02/2012 07:24 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Happy Diamond Jubilee, Ma'am!

Happy Diamond Jubilee, ma'am! Photo: PA

Today Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. We would imagine it's actually a relatively sombre day for the monarch as it marks the death of her father, King George VI, but her Diamond Jubilee message was all warmth and enthusiasm for the future:

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 neighbourliness, 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.

I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.

I send my sincere good wishes to you all.


Here's a picture of the Queen in a gown designed by Norman Hartnell for her coronation. Take a look below to see more of the Queen's best fashion moments in her style evolution.

Happy Diamond Jubilee, ma'am! Photo: Getty