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Updated: February 7, 2012 01:28 IST

Queen celebrates Diamond Jubilee

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, waves to wellwishers during a visit to Kings Lynn Town Hall in eastern England on Monday.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, waves to wellwishers during a visit to Kings Lynn Town Hall in eastern England on Monday.

Guns boomed as Queen Elizabeth on Monday celebrated the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British throne kicking off the run-up to the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June billed as the biggest event of the year, up there with the London Olympics.

She is the longest-serving British monarch after her great-great grandmother Victoria and has seen 11 Prime Ministers come and go. David Cameron is Her Majesty's 12th Prime Minister.

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A series of gun salutes including two in London — one in Hyde Park and the other at the Tower of London — and release of two official photographs of the Queen marked the Accession Day.

For the 85-year-old monarch, the occasion evoked mixed emotions as the day also marked the 60th death anniversary of her father George VI whose sudden demise on February 6, 1952 catapulted her to the throne. The newly-married Princess Elizabeth was holidaying in Kenya with her husband Prince Philip when she was informed of her father's death and she rushed back to Britain to be installed as Queen.

The Queen usually spends the day privately but this year she broke with tradition to pay a low-key visit to a nursery school in Norfolk and watched a musical performance by children. Earlier, she was greeted by well-wishers who presented her flowers.

In a message, she thanked the people for their “wonderful support and encouragement” and said she had been “deeply moved” by the many messages she had received.

“In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness…” she said.

Mr. Cameron praised her “magnificent service” describing her as a “source of wisdom and continuity”.

“With experience, dignity and quiet authority she has guided and united our nation and the Commonwealth over six varied decades,” he said.

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Queen Elizabeth -II like former queen Victoria has maintained complete dignity of her place in the country and the history. Both have proved themselves worthy to lead the nation and their prople and demonstrated to the outside world, more particularly India which has adopted British constitution where President of India can also maintain the dignity of the highest order. Except the first two presidents none could do this. Dr Amrit Patel

from:  Dr Amrit Patel
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 04:51 IST

What ever may be the differences among people in UK,they are all united till date in the Respect for this queen and in the love of cricket.May be Her Majestic personality is the main reason for their faith in monarchy . She has been in the throne for 60 long years,it would be appropriate to call the country as United queendom.The queen is alive,long live the queen.

from:  doodu
Posted on: Feb 7, 2012 at 13:45 IST

Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on her Diamond Jubilee. She is the glue that still binds the British nation together, whatever a small minority may say (and free speech is highly prized in the UK), and she remains the quintessential Head of State perhaps all nations secretly wish they had. If one observes how she has adapted, astutely yet dignifiedly, to the radically different and fast changing world, over the past 60 years, can there be any doubt that she is as much in command as she ever was? Long may she guide Britain, the commonwealth and the world. May God grant continued good health to Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip.

from:  alius nemo
Posted on: Feb 7, 2012 at 10:11 IST
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