With the exception of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II is the only other monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to reach 60 years on the throne. To better understand the significance of this, that covers 1,000 years. This remarkable anniversary, called a Diamond Jubilee, was celebrated this weekend with all the pomp and circumstance that the British monarchy is known for. Today, an estimated one million spectators stood on the sidelines of the Thames River to watch a record 1,000 boats join in a flotilla tribute to the queen. It is touted to be the largest pageant on the river in 350 years.
From ITN News, here is Prince William’s tribute to his grandmother, 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II.
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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. I think I can speak for pretty much all of my compatriots when I say that this is a joyous moment, well worth celebrating, for the Queen is a remarkable woman, the very model of a modern constitutional monarch. She has reigned over her peoples (not just us British, of course, but the Commonwealth nations too) with the perfect balance of wisdom, discretion and dignity. There is simply no national figurehead who comes even close to matching her. Truly we are blessed and if I had my way she’d be reigning for at least another 60 years. (That should put her wretched son out of the picture, at least).
Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II and the United Kingdom.