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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    Comment number 197.

    The Queen RULES!!!

    See what I did there.

    Now, back to the comedy trolling people!!!

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    Comment number 196.

    Diddleypete - Go back to sleep little subject us citizens all talking. Unless the Royals have given you permission to speak then feel free to repeat the standard tag line.

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    Comment number 195.

    Oh dear, you poor embittered person, you play into the hands of exactly the people you seem to hate so much by spewing your ignorant bile onto this forum. Suggest you get some councilling & learn how to be more civil. When there are people like you, I will always feel superior, so thanks for that!

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    Comment number 194.

    Remember these royal are better than you in everyway and deserve your money and adoration because they had the skill to be born. Even though they take far far more than they ever give in we need them because without them everything the UK has acomplished in worthless. Also remember how hard the queen works what with all those maids and butlers she has to work extra hard to remember their names

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

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    Comment number 192.

    I would really like to find an intelligent debate about why and how a 'country' maintains cohesion given that 'the world' went 'global' years ago.

    The level of knee-jerk animosity, evident here, shows there are deep divisions of all types (financial, racial, religious etc.) within our community which I fear will never be 'fixed'.

    It is sad to see some just watching as we tear each other apart.

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    Comment number 191.

    Co. 188:

    The President is not directly but indirectly elected like the US President.
    Or would you say the American people have nothing to do with this election?

    Perhaps you have watched military parades of East Germany until 1989 on the streets of Berlin.

    Actually there are no military parades in Berlin.

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    Comment number 190.

    187. sindexter

    Thank you sindexter you've just proven my point.
    I've just found your You Tube channel and read your disgusting comments and foul language.
    May I suggest that other people reading this might have a look and come back & comment here.
    If they have the stomach for it that is.

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    Comment number 189.

    "...these freeloaders are some how better than everyone else ...They are an outdate tradition from a bygone age"

    Freeloaders ? Look at the Queen's daily routine and you'll see how hard she works. Many of the other royals also serve(d) in the armed forces or work for various charitible causes.

    Get rid of tradition ? Our country will be left with no identity...

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    Comment number 188.

    184 RG

    ..."they do not march on public streets - therefore it is not a "parade"... is total rubbish. In the streets, on TV/internet, everyone can see it. Even me.

    Why hide it anyway? Perhaps because the German people have nothing to do with his election , so they might as well have nothing to do with his leaving too. Our 100 protestors were on the streets, your 200 were locked outside.

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    Comment number 187.


    Just because you have been a lamb your whole life doesn't mean we should be to. p.s i've met many eldely people who think shes a waste of space but you carry on in your dream land luv and remember ' Blessed is the mind to small to doubt '

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    Comment number 186.

    mpd Mcmpd 'The silent majority, who have not been reported and whose views have been squashed by a compliant media.'

    Yeah you keep clutching at them straws, you have never been in a majority and your type have never been silent.

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    Comment number 185.

    Reflections-Germany "I do actually not "enjoy" the flyovers of planes used for battles in past wars"
    Well we do, because of these planes & the crews who flew them means we are free of the tyranny of dictatorship & have freedom of speech (which you seem to be enjoying). So we are thankfull of these planes, crews & the tremendous sacrifices made by our young men to keep Britain free!

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    Comment number 184.

    Co. 183:

    Your are right but there´s a difference:

    But they do not march on public streets - therefore it is not a "parade", but do only stand within the President´s estate.

    However, you are right like so many as this has been widely critisised as I do.

    No wonder this has been disturbed by protest screams and trumpets.

    So this event has not turned out to be the intended pleasure!!!

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    Comment number 183.

    This is how Germany celebrates the service of its Presidents and senior politicians, whether forced to resign on corruption charges or for plagiarising their thesis.


    Looks nothing like a military parade in Berlin reminiscent of the first half of the 20th century. No, not in the slightest :)

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    Comment number 182.

    The Jubilee celebrations are a mixture of a chain of fashion and glamour shows addressing the expectations of the tabloid press, military parades, historic pageants in the days of the glory past, the monarchy shines a light in the unsubstantial world of the media coverage with no political or substantial message in the background which is the government´s turn.

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    Comment number 181.

    Generally speaking, during my sixty six years, I have found that people who support our monarchy are nicer, more pleasant, more attractive, happier, family orientated, kinder, and live longer then those who don't.

    Also, I have found that many of those who don't support our monarchy often change their minds when they get older.

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    Comment number 180.

    What I don´t like about the Jubilee:

    1) Kings of Bahrein/Swaziland at Windsor Castle stand for anti-human-rights

    2) I do actually not "enjoy" the flyovers of planes used for battles in past wars.

    Personally for me it is not a "joy" to watch soldiers marching on the streets of the capital.

    A modern democracy should cancel such displays of militaristic strength.

    This is not necessary.

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    Comment number 179.

    172. Reflections_Germany - Monsieur Hollande was greeted by German soldiers when he visited Berlin recently, and I'm sure the French will reciprocate.
    Not sure that's much different from the Household Cavalry escorting our Queen (except the uniforms are a bit more retro...)

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    Comment number 178.

    I'm quite sure the royal family are value for money, but it is laughable that a hereditary system such as this exists without polled public consent. Personally I would prefer not to have a monarchy, but if it were put to a democratic vote and the majority were in favour I'd have no problem. All I ask is that we are given a choice.


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