Humbled' Queen attends final Jubilee festivities

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Humbled' Queen attends final Jubilee festivities

Postby sledge » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:30 pm

As the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations come to an end. Have you been watching them? Really enjoyed the Concert on Monday outside Buckingham Palace.

The Queen declared herself "humbled" by the outpouring of support after four days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations came to a climax in a day of pomp and ceremony in London.

Thousands of flag-waving Britons lined the streets of London as the monarch attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral and took part in a carriage procession down the Mall to mark her 60-year tenure on the throne.

She ended the day's celebrations by broadcasting a message of thanks on national television.

But the pomp was marred by the absence of her husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, who remains in hospital as a precautionary measure with a bladder infection.

Crowds chanted "God save the Queen" and cheered as the 86-year-old monarch arrived for the thanksgiving service at St Paul's.

A trumpet fanfare played as she headed into the grand church, which was filled with 2,000 people, including political leaders, foreign ambassadors and royal family members.

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world's Anglicans, paid tribute to the monarch as well as to Prince Philip in his sermon.

We are marking six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found.

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury
"We are marking today the anniversary of one historic and very public act of dedication - a dedication that has endured faithfully, calmly and generously through most of the adult lives of most of us here," he said.

"We are marking six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found.

"The Queen has shown a quality of joy in the happiness of others. The same, of course, can manifestly be said of Prince Philip, and our prayers and thoughts are very much with him this morning."

The outspoken prince, who is the longest-serving royal consort in British history, will remain in hospital for several days and was "disappointed" to miss the celebrations, the palace said.

"It's a shame Prince Philip's not here today because he's always been by her side," said make-up artist Judith Chen, who was wrapped up in a Union Jack flag as she joined the huge crowds outside St Paul's.

The Queen then headed to lunch at Westminster Hall before taking part in a carriage procession.

She waved to the crowds lining the route as her horse-drawn carriage took her to Buckingham Palace.

Courtiers in an array of ceremonial red and golden tunics and mounted soldiers wearing shining helmets and breastplates accompanied the parade through central London.

Later the royal family gathered on the Palace balcony to watch a flypast of World War II aircraft and a display by the Red Arrows.

Addressing the nation later, the Queen said she had drawn inspiration from the "countless kindnesses" shown to her by the British people.

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

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

So far, the long weekend dedicated to the Diamond Jubilee has been a success story for the monarchy.

Millions have attended street parties and festivities, watched a spectacular 1,000-vessel pageant on the River Thames in London and a concert in front of Buckingham Palace, all held in honour of the only British monarch other than Queen Victoria to have reigned for 60 years.


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