Join us as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022. This special anniversary marks 70 years since The Queen's accession to the throne in February 1952. Events, parties and activities will be held across the country and the Commonwealth in June, and in 2023 the Abbey will celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation.
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Find details below of events and activities at the Abbey, where The Queen was crowned. Get involved with your school, family or community group.
From Accession to Abbey
The moment a king or queen becomes monarch is called accession, and happens when the previous monarch has died. It is a time of sadness and a period of mourning follows.
Accession combines the beginning of a new monarch’s reign and a continuation of the long tradition of the Royal Family. Since 1066 when William the Conqueror was crowned, Westminster Abbey has been the site of coronations for every monarch. For many monarchs, this celebration takes place soon after their accession but HM The Queen waited 18 months before she was crowned.
Watch this short video to learn about HM The Queen’s journey from her accession to her coronation at the Abbey, as we reflect upon her 70-year reign.