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Crowds enthusiastically waving Union flags outside Buckingham Palace as Queen Elizabeth II appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of celebrations to mark her Golden Jubilee. Celebrations took place across the United Kingdom with the centrepiece a parade and fireworks at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's London residency. Queen Elizabeth ascended to the British throne in 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Crowds enthusiastically waving Union flags outside Buckingham Palace as Queen Elizabeth II appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of celebrations to mark her Golden Jubilee. Celebrations took place across the United Kingdom with the centrepiece a parade and fireworks at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's London residency. Queen Elizabeth ascended to the British throne in 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)