Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating on Sunday the 60 anniversary of her coronation in 1953, an event she reportedly intends to commemorate in private with her family at Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London.
In contrast to her lavish Diamond Jubilee - commemorating the 60th year of her reign celebrated last year - the six decades since her coronation will be marked more discretely with a religious ceremony in the castle chapel.
In addition, next Tuesday the royal family, politicians and some 2,000 invited guests will attend - along with the queen - a religious service in her honor to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the same Anglican church where she was crowned: Westminster Abbey.
Elizabeth was crowned almost 16 months after having succeeded her father, King George VI, who had died on Feb. 6, 1952, while then-Princess Elizabeth was on a trip to Kenya with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
In keeping with the anniversary being commemorated Sunday, the Royal Mail issued a series of six stamps showing the most famous portraits of the queen, among them the most recent one painted by artist Nicky Phillips, which depicts Elizabeth wearing earrings, a pearl necklace and her ceremonial Order of the Garter robes. EFE