Diamond Jubilee: Flypast brings celebrations to an end


World War II aircraft and the Red Arrows conducted a flypast over Buckingham Palace

Four days of Diamond Jubilee events have culminated in an appearance by the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony in front of huge crowds.

There was also a flypast by World War II aircraft and the Red Arrows.

The Queen had earlier attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral where the Archbishop of Canterbury praised her "lifelong dedication".

But her consort, Prince Philip, has been absent from her side as he remains in hospital with a bladder infection.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Duke of Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoon.

Afterwards, Prince Edward said: "He's feeling better." The countess added: "He's in good spirits; he's on good form."

The Queen has recorded a two-minute message of thanks to the nation which will be broadcast at 1800 BST on radio and television in the UK and across the Commonwealth.

'God save the Queen'

Crowds built up from early morning outside St Paul's and Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at St Paul's Cathedral The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen on the palace balcony

There was a fanfare as Her Majesty, wearing a mint green outfit of fine silk tulle, embroidered with tiny star-shaped flowers, arrived at St Paul's for the service at 10:30 BST and the crowds chanted "God save the Queen".

Prime Minister David Cameron, who gave a reading, led the large representation from the government, military personnel and members of the royal household, at St Paul's alongside diplomats and foreign leaders.

Following the service at St Paul's, the Queen attended a reception at nearby Mansion House - the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were at a similar event at the Guildhall.

All of the senior royals then moved on through crowd-lined streets to a lunch at Westminster Hall where they dined on salmon, followed by Welsh lamb, grilled Isle of Wight asparagus, Jersey Royal potatoes and chocolate delice, bread and butter pudding and berry compote with apple sauce.

60-gun salute

The Queen travelled in an open-topped coach with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall back to Buckingham Palace.

Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge followed in a second coach.

Queen's procession in open-top carriage procession

They were led along The Mall by soldiers from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, then fired a 60-gun salute.

The day culminated with an appearance by the Queen and other senior royals on the balcony for the flypast, which had been in doubt due to the threat of bad weather.

The BBC's Gerry Holt, on The Mall, said the deafening sound of the flypast drowned out the crowd's cheers. She said that after the Red Arrows had passed overhead there were cries from youngsters of "The sky's turned red, white and blue!"

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the choice to have only six members of the Royal Family - the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge - sent a message demonstrating both continuity and restraint at a time of austerity.

Among other Jubilee news:

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury praised the Queen for dedicating herself to the service of her nation and the Commonwealth. He said the Queen had put aside "selfish goals" and dedicated herself to public service, honouring countless communities and individuals and referred to Prince Philip, saying "our prayers and thoughts are very much with him"
  • US President Barack Obama also paid tribute to the Queen, calling her "a steadfast ally, loyal friend and tireless leader". He said that throughout her "60 extraordinary years" she had been "a loyal witness" to the unique alliance between his country and the UK "and the chief source of its resilience"
  • Ministers are being urged to look into reports that unemployed people hired as unpaid stewards for the Diamond Jubilee pageant ended up having to sleep outside and change in the rain
  • Southampton is hosting a Diamond Jubilee celebration involving Cunard cruise ships the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria but a display from the Red Arrows has been cancelled as a result of poor weather

Other highlights of the Jubilee weekend included a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night.

At the show, Prince Charles paid tribute to his mother, describing her as "mummy" and a "very special person" but said there was disappointing edge to the night because his father could not be there.

Afterwards the Queen came on to the stage to press a diamond-shaped crystal into a pod, igniting a beacon in The Mall to mark her 60 years on the throne. It was one of more than 4,000 lit across the UK and the Commonwealth.

See all the latest Diamond Jubilee news and features at bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee


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    Comment number 76.

    I wonder at the minds of these so called "democrats" and "republicans" who denigrate the role, the prestige and all round good that a Constitutional Monarchy brings this country. Given that they keep quoting their "shame" at being British and pouring scorn on those who are in favour of it and yet they still choose to live here! Presidencies don't cost less or do more. It would drain us.

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    Comment number 75.

    The world will be a better place when this anachronism of the 21st century is put to rest. The trouble is the people are too thick to see who the REAL benefit cheats and scroungers from the state are and take this rubbish without a murmer.. A whole wasted weekend of expensive fluff.

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    Comment number 74.

    The monarchy & its tribal offspring are anything but equal. this weatlhy woman has continued to oppress the world with the lining of the imperial constitution of legalised slavery to its mass gobal population.The public showcase of opulence in such trying economic times of heightened domestic and global poverty is utterly dispicable. Its high treason at the expense of the public national purse.

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    Comment number 73.

    Unpaid stewards were completing their NVQ2 training apparently.....considering stewards are NOT security they don't need anything. And even if they were security, as I have been for many a year, there's no requirement to do "hands on" training, couple of days in a class room and a multi choice exam at the end, pass/fail. There's a story for you BBC.

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    Comment number 72.

    I'm no Royalist, but I must thank the Queen for yesterday. Or 'Clean out the shed day'. Today is 'Pub lunch day'. If I can do it and avoid any bunting-related tomfoolery? It's a win-win. The happy flag wavers got their chance to wave at rich people for two days, and tomorrow we're back to the daily grind. And the smokescreen the government wants from the Jubilee? Will have dissipated. Tidy stuff!

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    Comment number 71.

    The BBC coverage was a great tribute to its obsession with third class celebrities.Shame the BBC could not reproduce the sound from the flotilla. Those who attended said it was terrific. One can only conclude that this was a deliberate attempt to wreck the event. Hey BBC, we have put up with your multicultural obsession, you might have made an effort over a British event. Give the BBC to Murdoch

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    Comment number 70.

    I thought the BBC presnters were awful. So fake over enthusiastic, telling us that something rather boring is marvellous and splendid

    We can see ourselves if something is marvellous & splendid without some grinning character telling us.

    I got so annoyed with these presenter people that I avoided the thing where possible. But trouble is my elderly Mother loved it all.

    Gullability gap!

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    Comment number 69.

    To be fair to the Royal family, they are a good business for UK, attracting investors and the rich who want to live UK life. The rich History of the UK really is what is keeping this country going at the moment, because it doesn't produce anything anymore, all the hard work is done in the 3rd world. London has become a big stage for the rich to perform on.

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    Comment number 68.

    The Duke's 'bladder infection' miraculously appeared on mention of Cheryl Cole's 'surprise' appreance. That's nothing short of genius.

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    Comment number 67.

    Glad this garbage is nearly over and I can emerge from hiding. Wanted to leave the country, but as the monarchy are "so good for tourism" that was actually too expensive. Hope people have enjoyed celebrating lazy millionaires living to average age, now we can try and recover from the economic hit this pointless celebration has inflicted on the economy.

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    Comment number 66.

    The fireworks still weren't as impressive as the Beijing Olympics.

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    Comment number 65.

    17.Controlled Pair

    What? An actual, real, genuine democracy? Bring it on!


    Ah, the left wing anti-monarchists. We are a democracy, one of the oldest and finest examples of such in the world. The Queen is a figurehead, not a policy maker.


    Democracy? Never heard of a 3 line whip? Not got Brussels in your atlas?

    Democracy my backside!

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    Comment number 64.

    God Save the Queen!

    Actually 'Rapesco', most of those in uniform are serving or ex-serving members of the Armed Forces.

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    Comment number 63.

    Can anyone imagine the president of a republic inspiring such widespread devotion and loyalty?

    God Save the Queen

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    Comment number 62.

    God bless and save The Queen!
    Shame about BBCshoddy cacamera work over the weekend at times and poor sound, Sky better coverage before the sevice this morning. No boring commentaters, just arrivals of those we want to see

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    Comment number 61.

    God Save the Queen!

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    Comment number 60.

    Not being a Royalist or a Republican I can't help wondering why the country didn't celebrate the Jubilee on Monday which already was a Bank Holiday. Can the country really afford another day of zero production.
    Also, seeing the Royal Family members lined up with the men all in uniform with countless medals, obviously ill deserved, does seem a bit pathetic if not ridiculous.

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    Comment number 59.

    I'm sick of being told I don't have to watch it. It's my tax dollars that are helping to pay for this nonsense and excuse me if i'd rather see it go to hospitals and schools. How about we start a royal charity and all these people who love being subjects can contribute whatever they like for picnics they're not invited to.

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    Comment number 58.

    If you do one thing today, research why this person has been placed where she is.

    After our civil war, to attain the privileged life style he craved, Charles Stuart would agree to almost anything that the powerful wanted.

    They declared us all dead.

    This wasn't enough, so they replced him with a Dutchman who gave the parasite families even more power.

    'Royalty' is a front.


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    Comment number 57.

    Please note BBC that the posting on here are about 50/50 for and against the monarchy not 99.999% pro monarchy 0.001% republican as your fawning, sychophantic coverage would suggest. Your job is to be impartial and represent both sides of the argument not just one view point.
    Some of the questioning has beem embarassing 'exactly how radiante and marvellous is her majesty ?' etc etc


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