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She came to Kenya as Princess Elizabeth and left as Queen Elizabeth II.
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Queen Elizabeth II of England gets off plane, greeted by (from R to L) Sir Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden and Frederick James Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton and Lord President of the Council on Feb. 8, 1952, as she returns from Kenya. Princess Elizabeth heard the news of her father's death while staying at Treetops, a Game Lodge, in Kenya. (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON — Kenya is a special place for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign reached 60 years today.

Six decades ago on Feb. 6, 1952, then-Princess Elizabeth was at the Treetops hotel near Mount Kenya when she heard that her father, King George VI had died, according to BBC. He died in his sleep at age 56, reported the NYT.

Treetops has been a favorite safari camp ever since but is right now under renovation.

The anniversary of the Queen's Accession Day is usually commemorated quietly since it also marks the anniversary of the death of King George VI, but this year is special as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. 

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The Queen renewed her vows to continue to serve the British people today, which marks only the beginning of an year-long celebration.

The video below explains more about the Diamond Jubilee:

Year-Long Celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Reign Begins
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Queen Elizabeth II: Celebrating 60 years of hats (PHOTOS)

Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of hats, celebrates her 60th anniversary on the throne.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee today.

As we remember the Queen's 60 years of reign as England's monarch, we would also like to remember the many fancy hats that have graced Her Majesty's head during the past six decades.

Queen Elizabeth II has worn at least 5,000 hats since her rule began on February 6, 1952, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

From bows and beanies to flowers and feathers on her head, Queen Elizabeth has effortlessly pulled off these extravagnant head pieces as she does her crown.

Fans of the Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate Middleton, may beg to differ, but today we remember why Queen Elizabeth II is the ultimate Queen of Hats. 

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Below is a video that looks back on the Queen's 60 years of reign:

Queen Elizabeth II Achieves Reign of 60 Years
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Queen Elizabeth II: 60 years of hats

On the Queen's Diamond Jubilee we want to remember the many hats that have graced Her Majesty's head the past 60 years.
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