Queen Elizabeth's accession to the British throne occurred exactly 68 years ago today. As she was mourning the death of her father, King George VI, she was also stepping into her first official public roles as monarch.
"By the sudden death of my dear father I am called to assume the duties and responsibilities of sovereignty," Queen Elizabeth said during her speech, back in 1952.
This was Queen Elizabeth's first public engagement as monarch
The then 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth appeared for her first public engagement as monarch on April 10, 1952, less than two months after her father died.
The occasion where she debuted as Queen was the Maundy service at Westminster Abbey in London, a tradition which dates back to the 13th century. Her husband, Prince Philip, was there by her side.
#Onthisday in 1952, The Queen acceded to the throne on the death of her father King George VI. Her Majesty was in Kenya on an official Royal tour when she learnt that she had become Sovereign.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 6, 2020
In this video, The Queen is seen on her first engagement as the Monarch. pic.twitter.com/hZ5yTgGu0M
Queen Elizabeth still takes part in the religious service
Queen Elizabeth, now 93, still takes part in the annual tradition where small silver coins are distributed as symbolic alms to elderly recipients. The Queen usually interacts with them, while some of them give her some gifts in return.
The Maundy service takes place on Maundy Thursday - the day before Good Friday.