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.

Analysis

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 217.

    Co 215:
    It seems to be there is tendency at the BBC not to discuss the monarchy and the events of the "Diamond Jubilee" in particular in a controversial way.

    However, every country and every head of state in the world faces criticism, even "Her Holy Seat in Rome" has to deal with criticism.

    I am actually not the only one who thinks so at this blog.

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    Comment number 216.

    All those fools that are continually calling for a republic, do you really think a president would be so beloved?
    Her Majesty is a great symbol of what this country and the commonwealth is all about. She unites us free of partisan ideas. she represents all of us no mater our creed, colour or politics. I am looking forward to the Platinum Jubilee. Long may she reign over us. God save the Queen.

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    Comment number 215.

    Furthermore, I must protest to the BBC's moderators for removing 212, Reflections_Germany's comment. I read it and found that there was nothing more than some adroit observations that were significant to this article. What happened to freedom of speech? Another important element in the democratic equation that is being grinded away beneath the pretentious media stone of hypocrisy.

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    Comment number 214.

    One should respect the Queen, but there is a huge Royal family in the background with many scandals.

    Yesterday I watched at primetime a broadcast about the Queen and the Royal family at the 2nd German TV.

    The details and background of the scandals dealt namely with
    - Diana - Camilla & Charles
    - Prince Andrew
    - Edward & Sophie

    The behaviour of Prince Harry wasn´t always the very best.

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    Comment number 213.

    I should imagine anybody would feel 'humbled' after leading such a luxurious life, 'representing' the UK and the Commonwealth, without ever really understanding the everyday citizen and what it means to be part of an everyday nation. As for admiring her work ethic, as some have put it, there are thousands pf people all over the world that work until they are 100. What about that then? Exactly.

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

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    Comment number 211.

    Reflections_Germany

    Okay, we get it, we really do, you don't like military displays!

    But please consider that some national cultures take these things differently. What may seem like a display of military strength to you can genuinely be harmless pomp and ceremony to us. What looks like inappropriate national pride to you can genuinely be a very rare outpouring of community spirit to us!

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    Comment number 210.

    There has been a huge display of military - the marines, aircraft and soldiers - at Windsor Castle especially for the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee.

    As that wouldn´t have been enough, it went on with military parades in an extrenme overdone scale on the streets of London.

    Therefore there is an inappropiate accent on the display of military strength and national pride.

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    Comment number 209.

    Royality or not , she's an 86 year old lady doing a great job.
    She didnt even spoil the occassion when Philip was taken ill.
    Im no royalist but give the lady some credit.
    All you 'royal haters' out there go and bore the millions who lined the streets to see her.

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    Comment number 208.

    @207 that would require the agreement of all 16 countrys in which the queen is head of state.

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    Comment number 207.

    Although it is admirable to have such a work ethic one should not expect a woman of 86 years to go on - even a Queen has a right of retirement which is absolutely human.

    Although Edward VIII, the brother of Elizabeth´s father, has been well prepared for his Monarch´s role, he abdicated.

    One should introduce the rule the monarch should retire at 70 in favour for the next.

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    Comment number 206.

    Working at Hyde park for the jubilee I realized what a corporate show this was. Now I understand why the queen is good for the economy. Sponsors, advertisements, oh, and some musicians to attract the customers.

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    Comment number 205.

    as a european federalist the solution is fairly evident. the head of state would of course be an elected official however there is nothing in the rule book that would prevent the queen from serving in a ceremonial position in state level goverenment. this would mean the only change that would have to be made in relation to the queen would be to give her a diffrent title to "head of state UK".

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    Comment number 204.

    As a Brit living in Denmark, I was astounded that one channel showed the Thames flotilla, the Concert and Service and Procession complete.
    I admire the way the Queen and Prince Phillip have devoted their lives to the UK despite the sniping of some whingers!
    What I was disappointed by was the Flypast! How is it that WWII aircraft could fly,but multi-million pound fighters didn't?

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    Comment number 203.

    Blueblood is always worth more then common blood.

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    Comment number 202.

    IBTL?

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    Comment number 201.

    sindexter
    Oh how shall I sleep oh lord & master, you must be obeyed at every command or suffer your wrath. I quake in my humble boots at your intellect & power..... LOL!

  • Comment number 200.

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

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    Comment number 199.

    191 RG

    I know there are no military parades on the streets of Berlin, I think you misunderstood my comment - your parades are in secret behind the walls of the presidential palace or take place behind the walls of the O2 World during the Berlin Tattoo, or when Merkel and Sarkozy meet. I prefer that we let it all hang out for the world to see rather than hide away who or what we are.

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    Comment number 198.

    @195. Diddleypete

    I totally agree with you.
    Go to You Tube and search sindexter, have a look at what he has to say and how he says it.

 

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