Monday 6 February 2012


As part of activities marking the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, rural towns and communities in the United Kingdom have played host to the English monarch, hailing her visit as a special occasion.
The 85-year-old Queen has already marked her milestone of 60 years on the throne by renewing her pledge to serve the nation and its people. Echoing the famous words she delivered when as a young princess in the 1940s, she vowed to ‘dedicate myself anew to your service’.

She travelled from her Sandringham estate to King’s Lynn to meet local dignitaries and tour the town hall, where locals braved the cold to cheer the Queen as she arrived.
Giving an address inside the hall, town mayor Colin Sampson said: ‘For 60 years your majesty has given dedicated and exemplary service to the people of this country and the Commonwealth’.
In a heartfelt Diamond Jubilee message to the nation, the Queen thanked all those who had given ‘wonderful support and encouragement” to her and the Duke of Edinburgh over the past six decades’.
She said she and Philip had been ‘deeply move’ by the many kind messages they had received about her 60-year milestone, and her statement carried a unifying message as she hoped this ‘special year’ would remind the nation of the ‘convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness’.
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is an international celebration that marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952.
Following the tradition of jubilees past, a Diamond Jubilee medal is to be issued in various countries.
Queen Victoria in 1897 is the only other monarch in the histories of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as children wave flags during a visit to Dersingham School
A pupil at Dersingham Infant and Nursery School in Norfolk, bows to the Queen during her visit to the school

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