Jamaica[ edit ] A trinket pot, sold as memorabilia merchandise for the Golden Jubilee Elizabeth's first official engagements related to the Golden Jubilee took place in Jamaica ; for the country, the Queen had acceded in as monarch of the United Kingdom and became distinctly Queen of Jamaica 10 years later; her tour of the island therefore coincided with the country's 40th anniversary of independence. She and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the country on 22 February, just after Prime Minister Helen Clark said in a speech that she felt it "inevitable that New Zealand will become a republic. In the lead-up to those festive weeks, the British media— The Guardianin particular—predicted that the jubilee would be a failure,   arguing that Britain was no longer interested in the monarchy; a pervading sense of apathy amongst the populace seemed to confirm this. These festivities culminated in the 4 June event on The Mall in London, when over one million attended the parade and flypast.
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Here is the full text of the Queen's address to both Houses of Parliament on 20 Marchto mark her Diamond Jubilee: This great institution has been at the heart of the country and the lives of our people throughout its history.
As Parliamentarians, you share with your forebears a fundamental role in the laws and decisions of your own age. Parliament has survived as an unshakeable cornerstone of our constitution and our way of life.
History links monarchs and Parliament, a connecting thread from one period to the next. So, in an era when the regular, worthy rhythm of life is less eye-catching than doing something extraordinary, I am reassured that I am merely the second Sovereign to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.
As today, it was my privilege to address you during my Silver and Golden Jubilees. Many of you were present ten years ago and some of you will recall the occasion in Since my Accession, I have been a regular visitor to the Palace of Westminster and, at the last count, have had the pleasurable duty of treating with twelve Prime Ministers.
Over such a period, one can observe that the experience of venerable old age can be a mighty guide but not a prerequisite for success in public office.
I am therefore very pleased to be addressing many younger Parliamentarians and also those bringing such a wide range of background and experience to your vital, national work.
During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind.
But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide. He and I are very proud and grateful that The Prince of Wales and other members of our family are travelling on my behalf in this Diamond Jubilee year to visit all the Commonwealth Realms and a number of other Commonwealth countries.
These overseas tours are a reminder of our close affinity with the Commonwealth, encompassing about one-third of the world's population.
My own association with the Commonwealth has taught me that the most important contact between nations is usually contact between its peoples.
An organisation dedicated to certain values, the Commonwealth has flourished and grown by successfully promoting and protecting that contact. At home, Prince Philip and I will be visiting towns and cities up and down the land.
It is my sincere hope that the Diamond Jubilee will be an opportunity for people to come together in a spirit of neighbourliness and celebration of their own communities. We also hope to celebrate the professional and voluntary service given by millions of people across the country who are working for the public good.
They are a source of vital support to the welfare and wellbeing of others, often unseen or overlooked. And as we reflect upon public service, let us again be mindful of the remarkable sacrifice and courage of our Armed Forces.
Much may indeed have changed these past sixty years but the valour of those who risk their lives for the defence and freedom of us all remains undimmed.
The happy relationship I have enjoyed with Parliament has extended well beyond the more than three and a half thousand Bills I have signed into law. I am therefore very touched by the magnificent gift before me, generously subscribed by many of you.
Should this beautiful window cause just a little extra colour to shine down upon this ancient place, I should gladly settle for that.
We are reminded here of our past, of the continuity of our national story and the virtues of resilience, ingenuity and tolerance which created it.
April Addressing both houses of parliament in the first major public event of her Golden Jubilee year, the queen says she intends to remain on the throne to help Britain prosper. LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH Queen Elizabeth II addresses both Houses of Parliament as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on, in Westminster Hall on March 20, in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II speaks March 20, , with MP Michael Ellis who headed a Parliamentary project group to build a stained glass window for the Palace of Westminster to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
I have been privileged to witness some of that history and, with the support of my family, rededicate myself to the service of our great country and its people now and in the years to come.Along with the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II) is an integral part of the institution of Parliament.
The Queen plays a constitutional role in opening and dissolving Parliament, and approving Bills before they become law. LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH Queen Elizabeth II addresses both Houses of Parliament as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on, in Westminster Hall on March 20, in London, England.
So, in an era when the regular, worthy rhythm of life is less eye-catching than doing something extraordinary, I am reassured that I am merely the second Sovereign to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.
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Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April ) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms..
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