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 536.

    499.Martin Docherty

    As one of the minority 'net contributors' I've been doing pretty much that since I began to earn. Not sure who you are quoting but then I try to avoid the hyperbole of those who talk about 'feeding the poor' in a country where real poverty is a memory. Having seen real poverty you understand.

    So you havent taken these two extra days then?

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    Comment number 535.


    Ive adapted and prepared for what is coming.

    The future is certainly going to change.

    The government are to inept to handle a crisis of this magnitude, the people will be left to fend for themselves when the cash machines are empty and supermarkets are closed

    The queen knows exactly whats going on and its sickening to see people cheer her on

    There is no easy way out of what is coming

  • rate this

    Comment number 534.

    #67 thedannymess .......... 'lazy millionaires'? ....... think you could do what Her Majesty and Prince Philip have done over the last 60 years and still do into their 80s and 90s?

  • rate this

    Comment number 533.

    very peculiar noticing how too many men are trying to get a hold of a last straw, what they all have bombarded with Giga tons of tnt in order to create a nice lawn. Got the picture? not many anymore who even merely comprehend little drawing-books. Genuinely puzzling how the best species in cosmos could be changed into nest-thingeys, words are failing. Good look, one man once a planet, rainwash etc

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    Comment number 532.

    522. ravenmorpheus2k

    You... you understand that "own" and "manage" are two different things, right? The page you linked said very clearly who owns it, and it's *not* the Government. It said that a Government committee manage it, which you've somehow interpreted to me the same as "owning".

    It clearly states the Monarch owns it. How have you somehow concluded otherwise?

  • rate this

    Comment number 531.

    So many miserable republicans on this forum.

  • rate this

    Comment number 530.

    Is it just me that sometimes clicks the up arrow and sees the count go down one?.
    For that not to be suspect, two people would have to click the down arrow at the exact same time I click the up one. Ok it could happen, but it happens a lot.......

  • rate this

    Comment number 529.

    What an illuminating debate this is- Did!! Didn't! Was!! Was NOT!!. Let's just get something in perspctive. Flotilla- 1,200.000 attended. Concert- crowd of cA 500,000. Organisation Republic

  • Comment number 528.

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

  • rate this

    Comment number 527.

    Why are all the editors picks of a left wing even republican slant. the BBC is supposed to be without bias. Can editors please pick comment across the spectrum and at least show a modicum of fairness.

  • rate this

    Comment number 526.

    Some moaners are habitual. They seem to moan at every situation as if it their bread and butter.GO WITH THE AND ONE WILL FIND LIFE IS NOT THAT BAD.

    Even people in Greece seem to be happy about us!!

  • rate this

    Comment number 525.

    Mr Max

    So all those people that have spent a lifetime paying off their mortgages, working hard, going without have done it all under false pretenses, because the queen actually owns their property and not them because it falls under the duchy of Lancaster!

    The royal con is deliberately blurred to mislead the public.

  • rate this

    Comment number 524.


    "...I dont understand why people get so het up..."


    Not many do. Because they don't understand ancestry, nor the injustice inflicted on theirs, which they have inherited by absence of property. Every generation back doubles your number of ancestors in principle. 20 ago perhaps makes a million of them.

  • rate this

    Comment number 523.

    What a spectacular occasion. However, this is the first I can remember where I have had to turn over from the BBC to Sky. Richard Dimbleby will be spinning in his grave at the poor presentation by the Beeb! Why are they pushing all these B list celebs at us. If I wanted to watch "I'm a celebrity get me...in front of a camera" I'd be watching a makeover program and not the Silver Jubilee!

  • rate this

    Comment number 522.

    @497.Mr Max -

    Same page -

    "in 1760, George III reached an agreement with the Government over the estate. The Crown Lands would be managed on behalf of the Government"

    If you lift all the obfuscation you come to the conclusion - the government still own the CE.

    I'm sorry, but if you can't do proper research and rely on wikipedia for your facts I won't hold any further discourse with you.

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    Comment number 521.

    @465.This Is England
    Um, David, that was kind of what I was suggesting... ;-) Third time today that a royalist has shot me down for being a royalist!

    I'm not a royalist, I'm completely indifferent to the monarchy

  • rate this

    Comment number 520.

    Would all royalists pls crawl back tothe dark ages you came from or go and live in a country where people dont expect/ demand democracy ie North Korea . Actually they do a good line in paegentry there too as well as brainwashing the masses espclly children to revere their glorious (unelected) leader - you should be happy. Yes I would be happy to live in a republic - America/ France/Italy etc

  • rate this

    Comment number 519.

    Overstatement loses you credibility.
    Monarchy had nothing to do with it, Republics have been hit as hard as we have. Governments had something to do with it, and we voted for them. Banks had a lot to do with it but many of us were happy to take the jam while it was being served.

    No easy way out but the future isnt lost only changed. Uncomfortable but not fatal for those who adapt.

  • rate this

    Comment number 518.

    @482. love it! labour/tories are the same, they are both puppets, the bankers are the real ones in control! the royals are outdated and pointless! while millions is spent on this, many more london children will have died of poverty! like the royal wedding...who cares?? people can't see what this country is turning into! every channel on the TV was showing this rubbish!

  • rate this

    Comment number 517.

    People who have nothing AND, raise money for charity deserve a mention. There are millions of ordinary people who raise money for charities and then go on to do a days honest work.


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