The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
King George VI died on 6 February 1952. Princess Elizabeth was touring Kenya when she learnt of her father's death and her own accession to the throne. On returning home she was greeted at the airport by Winston Churchill, the first of twelve Prime Ministers who have been in office during The Queen's reign.
The Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey. At The Queen's request the ceremony was broadcast on television for the first time, as well as radio.
The birth of Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew was born on 19 Feb 1960 at Buckingham Palace. Although not The Queen's first born, Prince Andrew was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years. It was on 14 April 1857 that Queen Victoria gave birth to Princess Beatrice. She was the ninth and final child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The Queen's Silver Jubilee
The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh embarked on a large scale national and international tour of the Commonwealth, travelling an estimated 56,000 miles!
On Jubilee Day on 7 June 1977 more than one million people lined the streets of London to watch the Royal Family travel to St Pauls Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving.
Fire at Windsor Castle
Fire broke out at Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, on the night of 20 November 1992. Coincidentally this was The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's 45th Wedding Anniversary.
The Fire started in the Private Chapel and approximately one fifth of the Castle area was damaged or destroyed. It took 5 years to restore, at an estimated cost of £37m.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee
The Queen's Golden Jubilee year was marked with large-scale and popular events throughout the Commonwealth with Jubilee Day on 4 June 2002, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh; travelled to the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, then around the United Kingdom, and wrapped up the jubilee year in Canada.
Diamond Wedding Anniversary
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 20 November 2007. The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
Average house prices have now fallen back since their all time high in 2007. At the time of The Queen's 60th anniversary since her accession to the throne, the average house price was £162,722. This is a remarkable increase of over 8,500% in the last 60 years!
You can see the full list of average house prices since 1952 by visiting Nationwide's House Price Index website.