Diamond Jubilee: Queen 'humbled' by celebrations


Queen Elizabeth II: ''It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together''

The Queen has called her Diamond Jubilee "a humbling experience", saying she had been "touched deeply" by seeing so many people celebrating together.

In a message to the nation, she thanked all those who organised the events.

Festivities culminated in an appearance by the senior royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony in front of huge crowds to watch an RAF flypast.

But the Queen's consort, Prince Philip, was 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."

'Happy atmosphere'

The Queen's message was broadcast on television and radio across the UK and Commonwealth.

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"The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience," she said.

"It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.

"But Prince Philip and I want to take this opportunity to offer our special thanks and appreciation to all those who have had a hand in organising these Jubilee celebrations.

"It has been a massive challenge, and I am sure that everyone who has enjoyed these festive occasions realises how much work has been involved."

She added: "I hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.

"I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you all."

Commonwealth leaders

The Queen will continue to mark her Diamond Jubilee on Wednesday after four days of public celebrations.


After Monday's party, Tuesday was a more sedate tribute to the Queen.

The Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral was a celebration of 60 years of loyal service and commitment.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of the Queen's "years of utterly demanding yet deeply joyful service". His words are a reflection of the mood throughout the Jubilee celebrations.

Thousands again descended on central London for the ceremonial part of the weekend's festivities - especially the Royal Family's appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

I have spoken to many people over the past few days about how they view the Queen. Some have been royalists, some far from it. But nearly all have held the Queen in high regard.

The day's events have been marked though by the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh. For 60 years he has been at the Queen's side at almost every ceremonial occasion. On Tuesday, she was without him.

She will attend a lunch for the anniversary at Marlborough House in Pall Mall in central London with Commonwealth leaders, including prime ministers, governor generals and high commission representatives.

The Queen had been due to be accompanied at the event by the Duke of Edinburgh.

On Tuesday, the Queen attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral where Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams paid tribute to her "lifelong dedication".

"I don't think it's at all fanciful to say that, in all her public engagements, our Queen has shown a quality of joy in the happiness of others," he said.

David Cameron, who gave a reading at the service, called her "a real inspiration".

"We have seen the country come together with a sense of celebration and unity but also tremendous resilience, resilience from people who want to celebrate despite the weather and resilience, of course, from Her Majesty - nothing stops her doing the job she does," the prime minister said.

US President Barack Obama was among those who paid tribute to her "60 extraordinary years".

In a specially recorded message he called the Queen "a steadfast ally, loyal friend and tireless leader" and said she had been "the chief source of resilience" for the unique alliance between his country and the UK throughout her reign.

In other Jubilee events on Tuesday:

  • Crowds gathered from early morning to cheer the Queen on her journey from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's
  • The congregation at the cathedral included a large representation from the government, military personnel and members of the royal household, alongside diplomats and foreign leaders
  • After the service, 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 enjoyed a lunch at Westminster Hall before embarking on a carriage procession through packed streets back to the palace
  • The day ended in an appearance by the senior royals on the palace balcony to watch a flypast by World War II aircraft and the Red arrows

Other events during the extended Jubilee weekend included a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night.

Queen's procession in open-top carriage procession

At the end 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.

On Sunday, about a thousand boats took part in the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant, the first of its kind for 350 years.

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


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  • rate this

    Comment number 97.

    "When you attack the Queen the only person you make look foolish is yourself"

    Please stop with ludicrously childish comments such as this, are people not allowed to have a genuine and serious opinion? This is a democracy, people are entitled to feel that the queen is a waste of space and time if they want to.

    That doesn't mean they are foolish. They're just not swept away by a tide of fantasy

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    Comment number 96.

    What we lose in tourism (which I can't understand - I've never gone to a country account of their Royalty - put me off, if anything!) we would gain in her land rental value. She's one of the richest women in the world - people don't question these billions - it's because she's a landowner. And takes the begging bowl to the Government every time there's a Royal repair to be made.

  • Comment number 95.

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

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    Comment number 94.

    I can't think of any person, in any country, in any career, at any time who has been so good over 60 years as the Queen. As a person she has been brilliant, as a figurehead, the best. She has personally kept the monarchy going and enhanced it many times.

    She is an example to us all.

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    Comment number 93.

    Yep - four great days ..... and then full tilt straight back to the bickering, 'elected' grey men, not elected bankers, and a divided society....

    Incidentally I notice the Republicans claim support from three QCs. How's that work?

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    Comment number 92.

    BBC coverage was awful. random shots of boats for 5 hours on Sunday, with no information as to what you were looking at or where in the pageant they were, and cut aways to random interviews at crucial points in the pageant. Even fox had better coverage! concert was excellent, but again the coverage was awful. change of camera shot every 5 seconds and they missed the finale! sack the producer

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    Comment number 91.

    58. Walt78
    Utter rubbish. If anything, they were laughing at us, and how old and dusty we look. I've seen countless posts on International forums over the past few days to give evidence to this. I'd much rather be part of a "faceless state"/culturally rich Europe than bangers and mash Britain.Why don't I leave I can hear people say? Because it's my country too.

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    Comment number 90.

    The fact it rained all day on all the flag waving little sheep, huddled together to get a glimpse of Lizzy, made me all warm and fuzzy inside. I really do despise the ignorance of you average royalist. clueless to the core.

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    Comment number 89.

    @ 70. JamesR1701

    You missed at treat, you should have watched it.
    I'm trying to work out someone can criticise something they didn't see.
    Please may some of us monarchists pop 'round and view your lovely house now you've 'repained' most of the upstairs rooms.
    A lot of work done in a relatively short time may I say.

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    Comment number 88.

    Job for life - she should be so lucky all she had to do is stay alive.

    Pity all the money that was wasted could not have been donated to worthy causes - now that would be doing "ones" duty.

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    Comment number 87.

    Monarchy is a cult. it fits the classic characteristics of a cult.
    1.The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader
    2.Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
    3.The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members
    4.The leader is not accountable to any authorities
    5.Us and them mindset.

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    Comment number 86.

    Im retired having worked all my life never claiming benefits save your venomous remarks for others and where did the private money come from and did they pay for the police people like you make me sick making assumptions about others get of your high horse

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    Comment number 85.

    Who else finds republicans small minded miserable little people who basically are jealous of anyone who has a bit more than them. These people would still find cause to moan even if there was no monarchy, they just have no lives & are bitter about it, so they bitch & moan! How sad life would be if they ever got power!

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    Comment number 84.

    Proud to be British???? How can a person be proud of an accident, a product of chance.

    The Royals make a profit???? Justifying something on those grounds just about sums up what's wrong with the current system.

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    Comment number 83.

    Thank the Lord that's all done and dusted! Queen had a spruce up

    We can all get back to having a good old go at Dave, Nick, and the Cronies.

    I wonder what naughty stuff they have been up to over the weekend?

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    Comment number 82.

    Now could anyone imagine the crowds down the mall waiting in the rain for a President Balls & First Lady Cooper to appear on the Balcony of B.P instead of the Queen...........I think NOT, perhaps the hundred republicans that were lining the 8 mile stretch of the Thames on Saturday might feel inclined to wait.

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    Comment number 81.

    Francois Hollande waved to nearly empty streets in the Parisian rain en route to being summoned to Germany. Her Maj waved to over a million people in London rain on her way to a palace and she is summoned by no one. Had a great time waiting for her on the mall yesterday. Worth her weight in gold: god bless you ma'am

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    Comment number 80.

    Oh dear, post 69, another one whose fallen for the Windsor's PR spin on who paid. The biggest cost of the last few days has been on security and the £5 billion loss to the economy from the extra day off. Those bills will be picked up as usual by the taxpayer.

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    Comment number 79.

    I wonder if her new found humbled state stretches to the slave labour engineered for her Special Day. I didn't watch half a second of this £12m party - I did spend some time thinking about the homeless and where they were 'put' while Pall Mall, Trafalgar Sq and all the parks were made shiny and guilt-free.

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    Comment number 78.

    Good to have an occasion where the Union Jack was out in force, rather than the divisive tribal flags of the member countries. Britain is surely 'greater' than the sum of its parts? Our constitution, with an apolitical Monarch at its head has served Britain well in the past and will continue to do so. The stability our system affords is surely the real jewel in the crown?


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