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 436.

    Many of you need to spend a day in hospital caring for the older person. I'd show you the kind of real older persons who have grafted all their lives & well beyond pensionable age, worked their guts out only to be left by their families while those sons & daughters jet off and even walk up and down the Mall praising an institutional monarchy which in reality keeps those older people in misery.

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    Comment number 435.

    This is just a big party for londoners,the rest of the UK gets nothing, i can see why scotland wants independence, this should be called londons jubilee and london olympics. I have never felt so un-english n neglected, it really feels like the rest of population outside london are foreign and left to rot.

    Why didn't the queen spend a day in each UK country instead of all events given to london.

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    Comment number 434.

    David Cameron is a distant relative of the Royals maybe that's why he thinks he is part of the ruling class.

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    Comment number 433.

    194.Controlled Pair

    "...The insidious left wing have managed to strip away most of this country's cultural identity..."


    No. That was the landed titled, during the Inclosures, who threw all the small farming copyholders off the land, and had rights of common for the rest extinguished by their puppet parliaments.

    This created the wage-slave forebears of the now unemployed, poor etc.

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    Comment number 432.

    @423.This Is England
    I see the appeal of a Head of State above politics also, but how achieveable is this?

    we could always ask the queen to do it

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    Comment number 431.

    we are the perpetual anachronism,i cannot see how we as a nation are going to come up with a better system which treets our people with equality and dignity.we are,by desire not by some sort of royal dictatorship,happy to live in a system underpinned by class land ownership.the fact is the majority comply to this regime,there is no other way it is writen in ancient law.

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

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    Comment number 429.

    To those who hivemindedly downvoted my comment (410) pointing out that the Queen's income is the Duchy of Lancaster, and NOT the taxpayer... it's cute that you couldn't bring yourselves to reply. I suspect you couldn't think of anything to reply with. Mostly because it's true.

    Just mindlessly downvoting in a hivemind, because it's an opinion that's different to yours.

    How cute.

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    Comment number 428.

    I must say although I'm not a Repulican (not interested in cosmetic politics) I still couldn't give a rats ass about the diamond jubilee. Ironically I spent the weekend in paris and thats all they could talk about on the telly

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    Comment number 427.

    The middle class tim-nice-but-dims will support the monarchy no matter what because she does a bloody, good job rah!

    What does she do? ''...er...um...she's good for tourism...er...good at waving.''

    Its extravagant, lavish ceremonies like this that make people ask do we actually need a monarchy?

    No, we don't need them but we don't have a choice.

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    Comment number 426.

    All this squabbling going on. I wish we could really put it to the test. No sensible anti monarchist would suggest throwing out our Queen. So why not propose that on her death her heir should take the throne for a limited period (say 5 years) during which the view of he people could be taken by plebiscite on whether we should become a republic, or remain a monarchy? Why should monarchists object?

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    Comment number 425.

    383. ravenmorpheus2k

    Why not?


    I told you why not. None of the mainstream political parties are interesting in the UK becoming a republic so they will not hold a referendum.

    However that doesn't mean you have to abandon the political process though. If the SNP can become elected on a Scottish Independence agenda then surely a UK Republican party has a chance if the voters demand it.

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    Comment number 424.

    What a shame a great celebration of national pride has been turned into a mockery by the exploitation - or Jubilexploitation, if you will - of unemployed people, forced to work as stewards in appalling conditions by companies working for our shambles of a government. I'm sure there have been human rights violations and I wonder what the Queen will think when she finds out about it.

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    Comment number 423.

    Idea 2 (see 389): a Presidential Head of State above the Prime Minister.
    I see the appeal of a Head of State above politics also, but how achieveable is this?
    We might all vote for and support a President Attenborough, but how many of you would swear alliegance to President Blair or Cameron? How many would swear one or other were guilty of treasonable crimes and refuse?

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    Comment number 422.

    >59. Elliot
    >I'm sick of being told I don't have to watch it. It's my tax dollars that are
    >helping to pay

    You're American and it's your tax dollars paying for it?!

    Dashed decent of you, old chap. Especially for a Yank!

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    Comment number 421.

    brilliant weekend, its not just about london but about the happiness everywhere, especially where people have made the effort and have had parties etc

    i believe we tax payers pay about 70p each for the Royals, best use of my taxes by far, theres much bigger sums being thrown around by political leaders that I could argue about

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    Comment number 420.

    Having seen the events over the last few days It makes you proud to be British. People of all different beliefs, colours etc coming together to show the World what being British is all about.

    There is so much bad news it is nice to have some good news finally. Glad the politicians are being kept well out of it. Best wishes to the 'Duke of Hazard' for a speedy recovery

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    Comment number 419.

    The two extra bank holidays for the royal wedding and the jubilee have cost the UK economy over £4.6billion, that's over double the 'necessary' cuts to DLA made by this government in this past year. Indefensible.

    If reports came back from North Korea that people were told to work unpaid and sleep on the streets all western powers would be morally outraged but not here, why not? Indefensible.

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    Comment number 418.

    I am a Republican and I would have loved to go and protest but could in no way have afforded to travel to London to do so and we are in a democracy we shouldn't need to protest we should be able to vote.

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    Comment number 417.

    The poor lady looks so worried. Must be frightening not to have her husband there. Hope he is better soon.
    Unfortunately, Camilla looks a sight. Was she trying to out-Queen Her Majesty? Outfit discreet and fit for church - not.


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