Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

On February 6 in 1952, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King George VI, ascended the British throne. The Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Across the world, celebrations are taking place to acknowledge this unprecedented 70th anniversary of the longest serving monarch in British and Commonwealth history.

Queen Elizabeth the Second is Head of the Commonwealth of fourteen realms (countries), including Australia. Although she is not involved in the day-to-day business of the Australian Government, she continues to play an important ceremonial and symbolic role. Australia is a constitutional monarchy with The Queen as Sovereign.

In 1954, the newly crowned Elizabeth became the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. Queensland was included in the itinerary with numerous events taking place from Brisbane to Cairns. Seven million people lined the streets at various locations for a glimpse of Her Majesty and Prince Phillip.

As I look ahead with a sense of hope and optimism to the year of my Platinum Jubilee, I am reminded of how much we can be thankful for.  These last seven decades have seen extraordinary progress socially, technologically and culturally that have benefitted us all; and I am confident that the future will offer similar opportunities to us and especially to the younger generations in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth. - The Queen's Accession Day message.

To acknowledge the unwavering devotion and service of Her Majesty to the Commonwealth, a series of displays and stories are being shared at Sunshine Coast museums and as on-line exhibitions.