February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth became queen of England after the death of her father.
From the BBC: The Queen has visited a school in Norfolk as she marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
Earlier she said she was dedicating herself "anew to your service" and that she was "deeply moved" by support for the Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen was met by crowds at King's Lynn Town Hall before going to Dersingham Infant and Nursery School.
Gun salutes were held around the UK, including in London and Edinburgh.
The main celebrations for her anniversary will be in June.
The Queen, 85, usually spends Accession Day - the day her father, George VI, died in 1952 - privately but this year has the two engagements in Norfolk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16896731
While having a Queen seems antiquated for most the world, it seems to fit in England. Further, Queen Elizabeth has seen many things throughout her reign has endured many tragedies and probably has been more a comfort to England than anything else.
And despite what many people think, there is still a mystique of the Royal Family- just look at the crowds when the Queen goes out or when a Royal gets married.
And she throws a wicked curve/spit ball: