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Queen meets the world: 6 decades of globetrotting

Updated 12:39 PM ET, Thu September 3, 2015
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During her reign as queen for 63 years, Queen Elizabeth II has made numerous trips abroad, often leading an extensive schedule. Her travels have taken her all over the world. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive at a State Opening of Parliament ceremony in Melbourne, Australia in 1954. It was her first of many visits to the Commonwealth country. Getty Images
The Queen's Commonwealth Tour took her to Nigeria in February 1956. Here she inspects men of the newly-renamed Queen's Own Nigeria Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, at Kaduna Airport. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
In November 1957, Queen Elizabeth II visited Washington, D.C., as pictured here with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Prince Philip. She has met numerous presidents over the years and visited 116 countries. NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
In 1961, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited India. Here they are standing with the Maharaja (fourth from the left) and Maharani (fifth from the right) of Jaipur, following a tiger shoot in the Rajasthani city of Jaipur. Despite the fact that she's on a tiger hunt, the Queen has not forgotten her handbag. STR/AFP/Getty Images
During the Queen's first official visit to Germany, she met with German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard (front left), here attending a luncheon at the Chancellery, Germany, on May 21, 1965. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Queen's first visit to Thailand shows her here visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok in February 1972. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
The Queen and Prince Charles seem to be enjoying their open-top car ride during a state visit to Avignon, France, in May 1972, three years after being invested with the title of Prince of Wales. Reg Lancaster/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II was warmly greeted by crowds during her Royal Tour of New Zealand in 1977, the year she celebrated her Silver Jubilee. Serge Lemoine/Getty Images
President Ronald Reagan laughing at the Queen's speech during a state dinner in San Francisco, California in 1983. Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
President George Bush steps aside for Queen Elizabeth II to address the crowd attending a welcoming ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 14, 1991. Jerome Delay/AFP/Getty Images
On her first state visit to South Africa, the Queen inspects the guards of honor at Cape Town's waterfront in March 1995. GARY BERNARD/AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by Malaysia's King Jaafar during the official welcoming ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in September 1998. She visited Malaysia on that occasion to officiate the closure of the XVI Commonwealth Games. CHAN LOOI TAT/AFP/Getty Images
As the Queen visits a military camp in Christchurch, New Zealand, a Maori warrior performs the Haka in February 2002. Dean Treml/Getty Images
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, French President Jacques Chirac, Bernadette Chirac, U.S President George W Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the commemoration ceremony on the 60th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2004 in Arromanches, France. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Visiting the former British colony of Singapore in March of 2006, Queen Elizabeth II watches a Chinese Lion Dance troop perform at the Toa Payoh Housing Development Board estate. WONG MAYE-E/AFP/Getty Images
On a state visit to the Middle East in 2010, the Queen speaks with President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi at the Mushrif Palace. John Stillwell - Pool/Getty IMages
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh shows Queen Elizabeth II a koala during a visit to Rainforest Walk, Southbank, in October 2011, in Brisbane, Australia. Getty Images
An historic moment was made when Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as First Minister Peter Robinson looks on at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 27, 2012. A simple handshake marks a step forward in the peace process relating to British rule of Northern Ireland. AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met with Pope Francis in Rome in April 2014 in Vatican City. This was the Queen's third meeting with a Pope in the Vatican. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
The Queen is joined by U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Russian President Vladimir Putin for a group photo of world leaders attending the D-Day 70th Anniversary ceremonies at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France, June 6, 2014. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
The Queen raises a glass with the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, as they attend a garden party at the British Embassy residence on a state visit to the country on June 25, 2015 in Berlin. Pool/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images