On this day in 1977 Elizabeth II kicked off celebrations in honour of her Silver Jubilee; she was joined by her subjects around the country and the Commonwealth as they celebrated with a series of street parties. So ubiquitous was the Jubilee that it even made its way into the story-lines of two long-running programs in the UK - Coronation Street and Doctor Who*.
Her Majesty is shown here on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl Mountbatten, Princess Anne (pregnant with Peter Phillips) and the cleverly concealed Capt. Mark Phillips.
*The 1983 episode Mawdryn Undead starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.
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