The Queen's Life

The Queen’s reign by decade

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Find out more about The Queen’s reign over the past 60 years, decade by decade

The Queen, with The Duke of Edinburgh, gives a reception for serving and retired Lord-Lieutenants and Lord Provosts at Buckingham Palace, 2002. © Press Association

The Queen, with The Duke of Edinburgh, gives a reception for serving and retired Lord-Lieutenants and Lord Provosts at Buckingham Palace, 2002. © Press Association

The Queen’s reign has provided a focus for national unity and identity and given a sense of stability and continuity during six decades of enormous social and political change.

Choose a decade below to find out more.

1952-1961
The first decade of The Queen’s reign included extensive travel overseas, visits to all parts of the United Kingdom, and the birth of Her Majesty’s third child

1962-1971
The second decade of The Queen’s reign was marked by the birth of Her Majesty’s fourth child, historic visits and the first Commonwealth Day message

1972-1981
The third decade of The Queen’s reign included a number of milestone events, causes for public and private celebration

1982-1991
The fouth decade of The Queen’s reign was marked by conflict in the Falklands and Middle East, visits to the Commonwealth and the breaking down of political and religious barriers

1992-2001
The fifth decade of The Queen’s reign led into a new century and the third millennium

2002-present
Milestones and historic events have been key features of The Queen’s sixth decade as Sovereign

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