The end of Queen Elizabeth II’s grand diamond jubilee celebration
Today is the end of the four days of mega-celebration in UK for diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II this year marking her 60th years on the throne. She is the second longest reigning British monarch and one of the two monarchs of the country that have celebrated diamond jubilee. The other was Queen Victoria. Three years later, Queen Elizabeth II would break Queen Victoria’s record for the longest reigning British monarch.
After being the center of attraction a year ago during Prince William’s marriage to Catherine, the royal family is once again the highlight of the nation these few days. Queen Elizabeth II herself of course would lead the royal family through many occasions organized to celebrate her diamond jubilee. She is now 86 years old, looking very well and happy over everything that are done specially to mark her diamond jubilee. Too bad, her 90-years old husband, Prince Phillip was sent to the hospital on Monday due to bladder infection and couldn’t accompany her for the rest of the celebration.
The celebration reached finale today with a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a procession through London and a wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The finale came in a much formal displays of ceremony for which British royalty is known across the globe. After the service, the royal family attended attended receptions at two of the City of London’s grandest buildings, Mansion House and the Guildhall, before a diamond jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament. With Philip absent, the queen lead a horse-drawn carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace in a 1902 State Landau with Charles and his wife Camilla as military bands play and a 60-gun salute is fired.
Previously, a million people gathered for a spectacular 1,000-vessel pageant on the River Thames on Sunday and hundreds of thousands more packed the wide, red road leading to Buckingham Palace on Monday for a concert featuring Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Millions more attended street parties up and down the country despite generally inclement weather, and massing crowds once again began turning the famous Mall avenue towards Buckingham Palace into a sea of red, white and blue for the culmination of celebrations. Despite the wet and cold weather over there currently, the situation does not dampen the spirit of the British on celebrating this very special four-days moment in honour to Queen Elizabeth II. Few images of the 1000-vessel pageant on River Thames with Spirit of Chartwell, the royal barge as the main highlight where the royal family was on board.
Happy things do not come to an end yet, as London is ready to welcome the world next month for the upcoming Olympic Games, the world’s biggest sporting event. All the best and congratulation to the Queen for her successful and grand diamond jubilee celebration!
(Images and information from this post are from The Star Online)