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The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was a multinational celebration throughout 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign. Queen Victoria is the only other monarch in the histories of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee, which she did in 1897. Plans were discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011. Following the tradition of jubilees past, a Diamond Jubilee medal was awarded in the United Kingdom and Canada, and holidays and events were held throughout the Commonwealth realms. Unlike during her Golden Jubilee, when the Queen toured most of her countries around the world, for the Diamond Jubilee, Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, toured the United Kingdom only, while Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, toured Canada, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, toured Saint Lucia, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Saint Kitts and Nevis; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, toured the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu; and Prince Henry toured the Bahamas, Belize, and Jamaica. Other members of the Royal Family visited some other member-states of the Commonwealth of Nations. (via Freebase)