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 396.

    So the unemployed feckless lazy workshy benefit scrounging peasants were made to work for nothing in the rain without adequate facilities as stewards i think some very rich aristocratic lazy workshy feckless social housing scrounging unemployable people owe somebody an apology .Absolutely disgraceful and i bet the company responsible was paid for these exploited people,absolutely disgraceful.

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    Comment number 395.

    Do you really want Tony Blair, or someone like him, as our head of state?


    Why do you need to have a titular head?

    Are you not grown up enough to run your life without having to fawn over some dubiously appointed so-called superior?

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    Comment number 394.

    It's the whole "divine right to rule" thing I don't understand.

    Try explaining it to someone, it's bonkers.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 392.

    If the Queen is head of state and represents us all why is she head of one religion and she is only able to practice that one religion and any one who succeeds her will have to do the same or abdicate. What a free and just society wee live in.

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    Comment number 391.

    Nothing impressed me as much as the last day of this Jubilee where the Queen, who must have been worried about her husband, performed her duties. Who would expect less? She was gracious; she smiled. Her inner troubles born silently, as she has borne her inner troubles through 60 years in the service of her people.
    God save our Queen!

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    Comment number 390.

    Typical Britain. Living on past glories. To be successful in the 21st century you have to be forward thinking, somehow I don't think the class system allows such thinking to take place. Sadly, by 2050 we won't even be second rate.

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    Comment number 389.

    Idea 1: Prime Minister as a republican Head of State.
    I see the pure democratic appeal and mandate; but then look at the present Coalition and the disagreement as to whether it is legitimate or not. Would the public be any more united if DC was Head of State, thanks to a deal between parties? What would the position of a second chamber be?

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    Comment number 388.

    This is my actual name. Did toy with the idea of calling myself Harry but stuck with the name my parents gave me.

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    Comment number 387.

    I'm so glad I'm not British. All these monarchy crap and class system. All these burden of history which has no real benefit to "real working" people. I wish you guys can overthrown these arguably the most sheltered people on earth! So pathetic!

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    Comment number 386.

    There must be a better way to give the country a bit of colour and excitement that we all can join in, that cuts accross age, class and colour?

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    Comment number 385.

    70,000 people turned out to watch the Jubilee concert and see the Queen, 9,000 street parties took place to celebrate the Jubilee. 1,000 people turned up to a Republic's protest against the Monarchy. I think I know what the more popular opinion is. Yes, lets vote about it...

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    Comment number 384.


    Enjoy the spectacle II

    Busloads of unemployed shipped in overnight, sleeping under a bridge on concrete, no training, no toilet facilities or changing rooms. Working as stewards along the Thames.

    No pay.

    Fourteen hour shifts.

    God bless england.

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    Comment number 383.

    There should be a referendum , if the Queen went to polls lobbying for votes she would win hands down.

    LIZ: Philleeeep, get out of bed dear, we've got to go out on the hustings!

    Opinion polls suggest that the vast majority (around 80%)...

    Which polls and 80% of how few people surveyed?

    374.Some Lingering Fog
    Why not?

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    Comment number 382.

    The royals have not exerted their political power recently - but they still legally hold all the power - it is the ignorant royalists who do not undersand our current political system of government. In the right political climate the royals could lawfully claim all the power.

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    Comment number 381.

    For those complaining about what's going on, let's think for a moment about all the people who feel honoured to be involved in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. For them, this is a time of pride and excitement.

    Getting back to what it's all about, Her Majesty The Queen has given 60 years of service to the nation. Whatever your leanings, she deserves a thank you for her sense of duty.

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    Comment number 380.

    At 355. blue mosaics

    So why not? Why not a vote? I'd support the outcome, would you?

    We would, but we all know it would be a waste of time and money as the majority of the UK wants a monarchy. Furthermore, the queen has already won a vote in Australia without campaigning so why waste any more money what you know deep down that the monarchy is here to stay.

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    Comment number 379.


    the majority of the UK wants a Monarchy
    You may well be right. But I'd support the outcome of a vote because I'm a democrat - would you support the outcome regardless of the result?

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    Comment number 378.

    I personally am cool with the monarchy but what I hate just like with football and other events is the media hype. They really put me off!

    I also have to mention the preposterous lies that the Diamond jubilee is being paid with private money. That to me is being economical with the truth. So private money paid for the security and the police on the streets of London? Public money was used!

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