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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee ~ 60 years on the Throne
And in cloth of gold with a golden girdle...
And as poetry and music may speak great meanings and little sounds, so now thoughts of her too and history are lived in moments of short sentiment...
And so out of the Abbey and into the London which waits to receive her.”
~~ Sir Laurence Olivier
English actor, director, and producer; Narrator, The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953
Today, 4 days of Diamond Jubilee festivities, marks a multinational celebration throughout 2012 and begins with the Queen taking in a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade in central London.
On June 2nd, 1952 Queen Elizabeth began her reign and the Queen still rules 21,900 days later (60 years).
Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms, head of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations, and head of state of the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.
Queen Elizabeth II experienced the most change, traveled widely, and became acquainted with so many heads of states than any other monarch in history. She is the patron of over 600 charities.
The Coronation ceremony of Elizabeth II followed a similar pattern to the coronations of the kings and queens before her, being held in Westminster Abbey, and involving the peerage and clergy. However, for the new Queen, several parts of the ceremony were markedly different.
The coronation of the Queen was the first ever to be televised (although the BBC Television Service had covered part of the procession from Westminster Abbey after her father's coronation in 1937), and was also the world's first major international event to be broadcast on television.
►CTV News: 60 Facts you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II
►CTV: The Diamond Jubilee: Schedule of Events
►CTVNews: The Day Princess Elizabeth became Queen
► BBC History: The Queen
► NY Daily News: Queen Elizabeth off to the races as jubilee events begin
► Wikipedia: Queen Elizabeth II
► BBC History: The Queen – The early life of the Queen
► BBC History: The Queen – How Princess Elizabeth met her Prince
► BBC History: The Queen – Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen
► BBC History: The Queen – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
► BBC History: The Queen – The Queen on the world stage
► BBC History: The Queen – Britain celebrates the Queen’s Silver Jubilee
► BBC History: The Queen – Annus Horribilus
► BBC History: The Queen – The Queen returns after the death of Diana
► BBC History: The Queen – Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace
► BBC History: The Queen – A Diamond Queen
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Great write up! I read about this a while back and didn't understand what the hoopla was about until now.ReplyDelete