Queen 'humbled' by jubilee events

Asian Image: The Queen gestures on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations The Queen gestures on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Queen is to continue to mark her Diamond Jubilee today following four days of public celebrations which she has described as a "humbling experience".

In a television address on Tuesday the Queen thanked the nation for organising and taking part in events to celebrate her 60 years on the throne.

The monarch is to sit down at a lunch laid on in honour of the anniversary with Commonwealth leaders, including prime ministers, governor generals and high commission representatives,

The Duke of Edinburgh was due to accompany the Queen to the event at Marlborough House on Pall Mall in London but remains in hospital under observation for a bladder infection. His youngest son, The Earl of Wessex, said Philip, 90, was "feeling a lot better", adding that "a good rest is probably what is required".

The lunch follows four days of pomp and pageantry, which drew well-wishers to London from all over the world.

On Tuesday the Queen set the seal on the celebrations with a Buckingham Palace appearance before an estimated crowd of more than a million. Surrounded by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, she watched a flypast of Second World War aircraft and the Red Arrows.

In her broadcast message the Queen said: "The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere."

She added: "I hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come. I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you all."

Tributes have been paid to her throughout the weekend, including American president Barack Obama, who has developed a strong bond with the Queen, saying she was a living witness to the power of the alliance between the UK and US.

Prime Minister David Cameron, highlighting that the weekend had been a unifying event for the nation, said: "I think really it is the best of Britain. We have seen the country come together with a sense of celebration and unity but also tremendous resilience, resilience from people who want to celebrate despite the weather and resilience, of course, from Her Majesty - nothing stops her doing the job she does."

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7:10am Wed 6 Jun 12

wallydown says...

Previous comment thread removed then! !
the queen wasnt exactly humbled at the death of diana ,in fact she was so out of touch with it that the country as a whole gasped in amazement ,they dont live the same lives as the rest of us ,dont be fooled by four days of pagentry - guess who paid for it?
Previous comment thread removed then! ! the queen wasnt exactly humbled at the death of diana ,in fact she was so out of touch with it that the country as a whole gasped in amazement ,they dont live the same lives as the rest of us ,dont be fooled by four days of pagentry - guess who paid for it? wallydown
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7:35am Wed 6 Jun 12

JassyK says...

wallydown wrote:
Previous comment thread removed then! !
the queen wasnt exactly humbled at the death of diana ,in fact she was so out of touch with it that the country as a whole gasped in amazement ,they dont live the same lives as the rest of us ,dont be fooled by four days of pagentry - guess who paid for it?
Nobody knows what went on behind closed doors between Diana and the Queen so your words are pointless, Also did you pay for it? I don't think so... No one forced you to see it/watch it so go cruel back into your little box humbug.
[quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: Previous comment thread removed then! ! the queen wasnt exactly humbled at the death of diana ,in fact she was so out of touch with it that the country as a whole gasped in amazement ,they dont live the same lives as the rest of us ,dont be fooled by four days of pagentry - guess who paid for it?[/p][/quote]Nobody knows what went on behind closed doors between Diana and the Queen so your words are pointless, Also did you pay for it? I don't think so... No one forced you to see it/watch it so go cruel back into your little box humbug. JassyK
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10:36am Wed 6 Jun 12

wallydown says...

JassyK wrote:
wallydown wrote:
Previous comment thread removed then! !
the queen wasnt exactly humbled at the death of diana ,in fact she was so out of touch with it that the country as a whole gasped in amazement ,they dont live the same lives as the rest of us ,dont be fooled by four days of pagentry - guess who paid for it?
Nobody knows what went on behind closed doors between Diana and the Queen so your words are pointless, Also did you pay for it? I don't think so... No one forced you to see it/watch it so go cruel back into your little box humbug.
It makes no difference what went on behind closed doors ,you dont carry your personal issues into someones death . Its about compassion at that point nothing else is relevant
to your other riddiculous point,did i pay for this pagent - the simple answer is a big fat yes ! I guess you think it was paid with fairy dust ,no this is tax payers money and i am certainly one of those - if the queen had no money and lived in sheltered housing you wouldnt give her a second glance
[quote][p][bold]JassyK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: Previous comment thread removed then! ! the queen wasnt exactly humbled at the death of diana ,in fact she was so out of touch with it that the country as a whole gasped in amazement ,they dont live the same lives as the rest of us ,dont be fooled by four days of pagentry - guess who paid for it?[/p][/quote]Nobody knows what went on behind closed doors between Diana and the Queen so your words are pointless, Also did you pay for it? I don't think so... No one forced you to see it/watch it so go cruel back into your little box humbug.[/p][/quote]It makes no difference what went on behind closed doors ,you dont carry your personal issues into someones death . Its about compassion at that point nothing else is relevant to your other riddiculous point,did i pay for this pagent - the simple answer is a big fat yes ! I guess you think it was paid with fairy dust ,no this is tax payers money and i am certainly one of those - if the queen had no money and lived in sheltered housing you wouldnt give her a second glance wallydown
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11:45am Wed 6 Jun 12

JassyK says...

The £12m total cost of the pageant - including a £2m VAT bill - was be funded by private sponsorship and donations.
The £12m total cost of the pageant - including a £2m VAT bill - was be funded by private sponsorship and donations. JassyK
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12:01pm Wed 6 Jun 12

YorkToff says...

JassyK wrote:
The £12m total cost of the pageant - including a £2m VAT bill - was be funded by private sponsorship and donations.
Ah private sponsorship and donations - using other peoples money that could have provided proper jobs rather than slave labour on the galleys.

I would like to know the full cost borne by the tax payer because they will not relese this yet.

Also it is estimated this glorification of one family member of a single family that no one elected is to cost the UK economy £1.2 billion in the middle of a double-dip recession.
[quote][p][bold]JassyK[/bold] wrote: The £12m total cost of the pageant - including a £2m VAT bill - was be funded by private sponsorship and donations.[/p][/quote]Ah private sponsorship and donations - using other peoples money that could have provided proper jobs rather than slave labour on the galleys. I would like to know the full cost borne by the tax payer because they will not relese this yet. Also it is estimated this glorification of one family member of a single family that no one elected is to cost the UK economy £1.2 billion in the middle of a double-dip recession. YorkToff
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3:19pm Wed 6 Jun 12

wallydown says...

JassyK wrote:
The £12m total cost of the pageant - including a £2m VAT bill - was be funded by private sponsorship and donations.
You havent got a clue it would have cost that much to police any one part of this farce,never mind the cost of constructing stages ,fireworks the poncing up of the thames so that the queen wouldnt have to see any dirt or poor people , has she ever trodden on a piece of dust on a royal outing ,i doubt it. Then theres the tour of the country which she hasnt funded ,these events cost fortunes.
how gullible are you?
[quote][p][bold]JassyK[/bold] wrote: The £12m total cost of the pageant - including a £2m VAT bill - was be funded by private sponsorship and donations.[/p][/quote]You havent got a clue it would have cost that much to police any one part of this farce,never mind the cost of constructing stages ,fireworks the poncing up of the thames so that the queen wouldnt have to see any dirt or poor people , has she ever trodden on a piece of dust on a royal outing ,i doubt it. Then theres the tour of the country which she hasnt funded ,these events cost fortunes. how gullible are you? wallydown
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8:58pm Wed 6 Jun 12

ajtib3 says...

As I pointed out on the last thread on this subject if the Queen is reckoned to boost the economy by £44 billion the £1.2 billion cost of the day off is actually great value.
Security cost is a good point - though Republic suggest an elected President as in Eire as an alternative to having a Royal Head of State - but don't include the costs of security of that person when making financial comparisons.
BTW Yorktoff - the £44 billion is not just in tourism - its principally to do with business. For example, any business with 'Royal Appointment' expects massive benefits in the export market. Increasing sales and creating employment. Doubt putting 'Cameron Appointed' would do too much.
The point is the financial argument just doesn't work at the present time regardless of how you present it.
Our Constitutional Monarchy you'd have to say works pretty well - just wish there weren't so many minor royals and all the rest of the Lords and Ladies.
Possibly we have got the constitutional balance about right but need to push on with an elected Second Chamber. (Started getting rid in 1906 - and still not done).
On balance the Queen represents value for money whatever the politics of it.
And I'd certainly rather have the Queen as Head of State than someone like Boris!!.
As I pointed out on the last thread on this subject if the Queen is reckoned to boost the economy by £44 billion the £1.2 billion cost of the day off is actually great value. Security cost is a good point - though Republic suggest an elected President as in Eire as an alternative to having a Royal Head of State - but don't include the costs of security of that person when making financial comparisons. BTW Yorktoff - the £44 billion is not just in tourism - its principally to do with business. For example, any business with 'Royal Appointment' expects massive benefits in the export market. Increasing sales and creating employment. Doubt putting 'Cameron Appointed' would do too much. The point is the financial argument just doesn't work at the present time regardless of how you present it. Our Constitutional Monarchy you'd have to say works pretty well - just wish there weren't so many minor royals and all the rest of the Lords and Ladies. Possibly we have got the constitutional balance about right but need to push on with an elected Second Chamber. (Started getting rid in 1906 - and still not done). On balance the Queen represents value for money whatever the politics of it. And I'd certainly rather have the Queen as Head of State than someone like Boris!!. ajtib3
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