Queen Offers Thanks For Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen has delivered a short televised message of thanks for the celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

Flanked by a picture of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Queen’s message maintained the symbolism of the Royal Family’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace earlier in the day. The picture was one of the current Queen and the future Kings. Other members of the family, often seen on these occasions, were absent. It was a picture of certainty, stability and the future.

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Some images from the final of four days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

These pictures show the Royal Family’s carriage ride from Westminster Hall, along The Mall, to Buckingham Palace. The family’s appearance on the balcony of the palace was accompanied by a fly-past.

Earlier, the Queen attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams gave the sermon and paid tribute to the Queen.

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60th Jubilee Celebrations For Queen Elizabeth II

London’s Tower Bridge is raised during the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

Tower Bridge

The Queen’s Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II

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The Queen’s Christmas Message 2010

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II Delivers Her 2010 Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s broadcast focussed on the importance of sport in building communities and creating harmony.

The Queen said: “In the parks of towns and cities, and on village greens up and down the country, countless thousands of people every week give up their time to participate in sport and exercise of all sorts, or simply encourage others to do so.

These kinds of activity are common throughout the world and play a part in providing a different perspective on life.”

This year’s message was recorded at Hampton Court Palace. Normally, the messages are recorded at Buckingham Palace.

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King James Bible

The King James Bible referred to by the Queen in her Christmas message

The Queen’s 2007 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen has delivered her 2007 Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

For the first time in its history, the message was made available on YouTube and as a podcast.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s 2006 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

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This is the text of the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast.

I have lived long enough to know that things never remain quite the same for very long. One of the things that has not changed all that much for me is the celebration of Christmas. It remains a time when I try to put aside the anxieties of the moment and remember that Christ was born to bring peace and tolerance to a troubled world. [Read more…]

Unemployed Englishman Turns 50 – Mum Throws Party

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince CharlesThe Prince of Wales turned 50 on November 14, 1998 and the Queen hosted a birthday reception at Buckingham Palace.

Earlier in the week, the Prince Of Wales web-site was officially opened.

The Prince’s full title is Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick and Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Great Steward of Scotland.

Between January and September 1966, Prince Charles was an exchange student at Timbertop, the bush retreat of the Geelong Grammar School in Victoria.

Later, following his marriage to Lady Diana Frances Spencer on July 29, 1981, it was rumoured that the Prince might be appointed Governor-General of Australia, but this did not eventuate.

Republican sentiment in Australia makes any future royal appointment impossible to conceive.