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Datebook: February 8 – Queen Elizabeth II Proclaimed Queen of England 60 Years Ago

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On February 8, 1952, Princess Elizabeth formally proclaimed herself Queen and Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. She and her husband, Prince Philip of Greece, Duke of Edinburgh, had returned the UK after cutting short a trip through the Commonwealth, which began in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. She’s reigned for 60 years, the second-longest for a British monarch (Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and 7 months). During her reign, the British Empire continued to transform into the Commonwealth of Nations. She oversaw the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean, opened the Sydney Opera House, awarded The Beatles MBE medals, received an historic visit by The Pope, and attended the Kentucky Derby. She is 85 years old.

It’s Wednesday, February 8

The American Shakespeare Center presents “The Winter’s Tale” tomorrow night as part of the Murray Shakespeare Festival. The performance takes place in Lovett Auditorium at 7PM; tickets are $10, or $5 with a Murray State ID. Find a complete schedule of festival events at

The Hopkins County Art League presents its second annual Hearts & Arts event on Friday from 6 to 9PM at Black Dog Fiber Studio. Artists from Hopkins County will showcase their work while serving desserts and coffee. $5 tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 452-9639.

Artist Tommy Fletcher gives a free demonstration on creating quick and easy dynamic portraits this Saturday from 1 to 3 at the Yeiser Art Center. Learn about capturing a likeness, using Rembrandt lighting for constructing faces, and taking monochromatic paintings to color. Reserve a seat by calling 442-2453.

Tomorrow at noon, hear “Heavenly Sight” as part of our celebration of Black History Month. See more at


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