Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

Queen Elizabeth II

John Swannell

updated 02/05/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 02/05/2012 AT 7:05 PM ET

Sixty years and counting!

As Queen Elizabeth marks her Diamond Jubilee anniversary, she dedicated herself anew to continuing to serve fellow Britons and those around the world who count her as head of state.

Releasing a special set of portraits, taken by John Swannell in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace in December 2011, Elizabeth, 85, sent a message indicating that while she has seen “great advances” since she took over at her father George VI’s death on Feb. 6, 1952, she is looking forward to the future with a “clear head and warm heart.”

The comments came after a day in which she and husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 90, attended a church service

Queen Elizabeth II

John Swannell
on her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk – to the delight of flower-clasping well-wishers who came out despite the snow to greet the couple.

In her message, which was released by Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth said, “I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighborliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign.”

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