Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II has gathered millions of people, her family, friends and loyal people at Tuesday’s service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Her Majesty was not accompanied by her 90-year-old husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who’s health is still frail after being recently hospitalized. Her Majesty was joined with her lady-in-waiting, Diana Marion, Lady Farnham.
At the service of thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral, Queen Elizabeth II was also joined by her family: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The service of thanksgiving is part of the Diamond Jubilee, marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.
“I don’t think it’s at all fanciful to say that, in all her public engagements, our Queen has shown a quality of joy in the happiness of others; she has responded with just the generosity St Paul speaks of in showing honor to countless local communities and individuals of every background and class and race. She has made her public happy and all the signs are that she is herself happy, fulfilled and at home in these encounters. The same, of course, can manifestly be said of Prince Philip; and our prayers and thoughts are very much with him this morning. To declare a lifelong dedication is to take a huge risk, to embark on a costly venture. But it is also to respond to the promise of a vision that brings joy. We are marking today the anniversary of one historic and very public act of dedication a dedication that has endured faithfully, calmly and generously through most of the adult lives of most of us here. We are marking six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found”, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams said in his speech.
“Your Majesty, I’m sure you want me to thank on your behalf all the wonderful people who made tonight possible. The performers, the comedians who made those jolly good jokes. . . and, above all, the technicians, all 600 of them. The only sad thing about this evening is that my father couldn’t be here. . . but ladies and gentlemen, if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital”, Queen Elizabeth II’s son, Charles also said.
30-year-old Kate Middleton wore a pale pink Alexander McQueen dress, LK Bennett heels and a Jane Taylor hat during the ceremony.
Kate Middleton at Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Her step mother-in-law, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall paired a Bruce Oldfield coat and dress with a Phillip Treacy hat. “Kate spoke with Camilla at the West Door before the service started. They were smiling and chatting”, one source told Us Weekly.
Prince Harry was nonconformist as usually. He was spotted chewing mint during the service.
Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole, Stevie Wonder and Jessie J paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during the Diamond Jubilee Concert.