Elizabeth marks 60 years since crowned

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Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation in private on Sunday after indulging in her passion for horses with a day at the races.

The 87-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, spent Saturday at the Epsom Derby, echoing the events of a year ago that kicked off her four-day Diamond Jubilee party.

Elizabeth took the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, upon the death of her father, King George VI. But to allow for a period of national mourning, she was only crowned 16 months later in London’s Westminster Abbey.

The queen will be joined by the royal family and 2,000 guests at the abbey on Tuesday for a service celebrating the anniversary.