Members of the royal family, along with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, gathered at a service in Westminster Abbey, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

The 87-year-old monarch was welcomed by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Reverend John Hall, at the great west door of the Abbey where monarchs have been crowned since 1066. He gave the opening address during the religious service.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican church, described the Queen's life as one of "demanding devotion and utter self sacrifice - a path she did not choose but one she was called to".

"We do not know what was prayed. Her Majesty knelt at the beginning of a path of demanding devotion and utter self-sacrifice, a path she did not choose, yet to which she was called by God. Today we celebrate sixty years since that moment, sixty years of commitment," he said, adding, "There was a trumpet fanfare today as the Queen arrived with her supporters, but let us resist the splendour of the spectacle for a moment, and focus on what was meant: "Not my will, Lord, but yours be done."

Prime Minister David Cameron was also present and read a passage from the Book of Kings.

The Queen's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 2 June, 1953, after the death of her father, King George VI. The event was witnessed by 8,200 guests and watched by an estimated 27 million people on television.