Queen's Diamond Jubilee a sign of the evolution, rise of the British monarchy

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles after the Derby horse race at the Epsom Derby festival in Epsom, southwest of London June 2, 2012 during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Across the United Kingdom, streets are lined with Union Jacks in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee — 60 years since she inherited the crown in 1952.

But with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee only a decade behind them, a royal wedding last year and the Olympics coming up this summer, are Britons up for yet another party?

“Absolutely,” said Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Monarch, an authorized biography which came out this year.

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