Queen Elizabeth II marks 60 years on throne by Marco Secchi

TODAY marks 60 years since a quietly spoken 25-year-old princess named Elizabeth became the British .

While visiting Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip, en route Down Under, Elizabeth received news on February 6, 1952 that her father, King George VI, had died. I believe she has visited Venice in 1961 and in 1984.The following is HM The Queen official message.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II at the WIndsor Horse Show, May 2006 (Marco Secchi)

Today, as I mark 60 years of your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Phillip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.

In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.

I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.

I send my sincere good wishes to you all.


Mary Queen of Scots by Marco Secchi

Venice 25th October A boat sails in the St Mark's Basin on a stormy weather HOW TO LICENCE THIS PICTURE: please contact us via e-mail at sales@xianpix.com or call London   +44 (0)207 1939846 for prices and terms of copyright. First Use Only ,Editorial Use Only, All repros payable, No Archiving.© MARCO SECCHI (Marco Secchi)" I really think you should take this picture!" he was repeating to me....while Piero was talking about the sailing boat. Was at that point that I realised I had not taken any picture. My mind was miles away, for some unknown reasons I had been taken back to my loved Scotland and Mary Queen of Scots and was wondering if Mary had fled in a similar boat when she left as a child Dunbarton Castle heading to France or when she set sail with so many hopes for Scotland in 1561....and for sure this vision must have been in her mind during her captivity.

Taking on water, Sailing a restless sea From a memory, A fantasy. The wind carries Into white water, Far from the islands. Don't you know you're Never going to get to France. Mary, Queen of Chance, will they find you? (Mike Oldfield - France)

"So did you take this picture???" asks again Federico. click...click...click..... before I give my secret away!