The death of a king on February 6th, 1952 brought a young princess to the British throne. The world watched as a young woman returned to her home to assume the weight of her family's legacy. Elizabeth, as young as she was, had been well prepared to lead and relied on the strength of her new husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth for 70 years making 2022 the year of her Platinum Jubilee. The Middleville and District Museum has commemorative albums and scrapbooks that chronicle the life of Queen Elizabeth II, her family and their history. The "Illustrated London News: Coronation Issue 1953", provides a detailed account of Her Majesty's life and the traditions of coronations through generations of her regal lineage. A scrapbook filled with newspaper accounts of her coronation includes pictures of the event and the elements used for centuries in royal tradition. These books and royal memorabilia will be on display for visitors to enjoy in the upcoming Museum season as the Platinum Jubilee is celebrated around the world. Many people have memories of commemorative items depicting royalty at a grandparents home. Royal images appeared on plates, trays, tins, figurines and many other items. The Museum's collection includes postcards, bottle stoppers, neck tie clips, and medallions. .
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