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Although the national celebrations are planned to centre around the bank holiday on 5th June, the actual 60th anniversary of the death of HM King George VI and the accession of the present Queen is tomorrow. Today Her Majesty is attending a church service on the Sandringham estate, tomorrow the day no doubt will be marked by the receipt of many congratulations and expressions of thanks for her lifelong devoted service to the peoples of Britain and the Commonwealth, but also, as the article remarks, tinged by sadness due to memories of losing her father so long ago.

We have had a few different threads already on aspects of the Jubilee; perhaps if people like and royalcello approves this could be the central one, recording it through the year. In any case, this is how it all began, 60 years less one day ago:

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Upon the intimation that our late Most Gracious Sovereign King George the Sixth had died in his sleep at Sandringham in the early hours of this morning  the Lords of the Privy Council assembled this day at St. James's Palace, and gave orders for proclaiming Her present Majesty.

Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to call to His mercy our late Sovereign Lord King George the Sixth of Blessed and Glorious Memory by whose Decease the Crown is solely and rightfully come to the High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary : We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm, being here assisted with these of His late Majesty's Privy Council, with representatives of other members of the Commonwealth, with other Principal Gentlemen of Quality, with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and citizens of London, do now hereby with one Voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that the High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of happy Memory, become Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of all Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom Her lieges do acknowledge all Faith and constant Obedience, with hearty and humble Affection: beseeching God, by whom Kings and Queens do reign, to bless the Royal Princess Elizabeth the Second with long and happy Years to reign over Us.

Given at St. James's Palace, this Sixth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-two.

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And here, courtesy of Her Majesty's Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is the archival audio of the proclamation above:

Proclamation of Elizabeth as Queen.

The CBC Digital Archives Website.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Last updated: June 8, 2011.


And a personal note: Monday is the 60th anniversary of any memory that I have of an event outside my immediate family. I was not yet five years old but the King's death and and the Accession of Her Majesty was such a major happening in the lives of my English Mother and Grandmother that I still remember the fact. Not the details, just the fact that the King was dead and we had a Queen.


As I posted on a friend's Facebook page, 'God save our Queen and God bless her for her service! Monday is the 60th Anniversary of my very first memory of anything outside my family. She has served us and served us well for 60/64th of my life!


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Thanks, Jovan. I've never really explored the You Tube Royal Channel, but had a look this morning to see what it had on the Accession. I found an excellent and historic film in three parts, Long to Reign Over Us, which I tried but failed to embed. So here they are by the old-fashioned method, and all very well worth watching.

Part Three, The Coronation
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Thanks, Jovan. I've never really explored the You Tube Royal Channel, but had a look this morning to see what it had on the Accession. I found an excellent and historic film in three parts, Long to Reign Over Us, which I tried but failed to embed. So here they are by the old-fashioned method, and all very well worth watching.

Part Three, The Coronation

Thank you, Peter! I seldom watch videos on the pc, but those were fascinating.

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A BBC News article containing the text of Her Majesty's message to the nation released today and more, including film of the Proclamation. Congratulations to Her Majesty on this historic day on which she becomes only the second British sovereign to record sixty years as our monarch.
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Thanks for the above links and posts. My Diamond Jubilee blog tribute:
http://royaltymonarchy.blogspot.com/2012/02/queen-elizabeth-ii-sixty-years-of.html

I have pinned this thread so it will remain easily accessible.  Perhaps this could also be where we discuss any plans to meet in London for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend in June.  I will be arriving in London on 31 May, staying there for the celebrations, going on GBoleyn's Executed Queens Tour from 9-15 June, in London again for Trooping the Colour 16 June, and returning to the United States on 18 June.  As a preliminary inquiry, who besides me, Peter, and Seth plans to be in London for the Jubilee?  It would be wonderful to have as many monarchists gathered together as possible for what promises to be one of the greatest royal events of our lifetimes.

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I'll have to think about it for a while. I'll be working at my masterthesis for the university at that time (needs to be done by 1 Jule), so I'm not exactly free from having to work, but I can mostly plan my own time in that month. London isn't that far away for me, so perhaps I could come for a day or two days or something.

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Thanks for all your links, they're very interesting. Unfortunately I can't go to London this year. Have a nice trip and great time there. It's going to be a great year for Britain - Jubilee, Olympic Games...

Today is the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II - the second in history. I think it's also worth to post here that it's the first Diamond Jubilee celebrated by the British monarch together with a consort. When Queen Victoria celebrated her jubilee in 1897, she was a widow - her beloved husband Prince Albert was dead since 1861. Now, in 2012, Prince Philip is alive and well and he's going to accompany the Queen durign all the events. Therefore this jubilee is going to be even more splendid than Queen Victoria's.

The beautiful photo of Her Majesty posted above by NewElizabethan is one of two official portraits just released by Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's 60th anniversary of accession to the throne. The second one is here:

The photographs were taken by John Swannell. Queen Elizabeth is wearing a wondefrul dress and the same necklace that Queen Victoria wore on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. Prince Philip is wearing his Royal Navy ceremonial uniform. They look very beautifully and majestic. Details: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096935/Queens-Diamond-Jubilee-Ill-serve-rest-life-vows-Her-Majesty.html

Congratulations for Her Majesty! God save the Queen, long may she reign!
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I will be in London over the Jubilee central weekend, as will several other BML members.

It is possible, but remains to be seen, whether the BML will be organising any events or meetings during that period.

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An official website has been launched for the Diamond Jubilee.

As far as foreign royal attendees go, it has been announced that King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania will be attending the celebrations in June. One imagines that the King and Queen of Greece as well as the Crown Prince and Princess of Serbia will also take part.

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Some details of the June 4 concert have been announced.  I can't help but be disappointed that classical music, while included, appears to be rather marginalized, unlike in 2002 when there were two separate concerts, one classical and one pop.  I'm sure the single star-studded event will be a great experience for those who enjoy popular music more than I do, but I don't think I'll feel too badly not to be eligible for a ticket, though I'm sure I'll end up watching on the big screens (as I did for both concerts in 2002, despite definitely preferring the "Prom" to the "Party").
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The Australian government pledged $5 million to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust  http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/queen-elizabeth-diamond-jubilee-trust#.TzLaBGu13nw.facebook
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To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the V&A in London is staging an exhibition of the photographs of the British Royal Family taken by Sir Cecil Beaton, one of the best photographers of the XX century.

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Prince Harry, who has completed his Apache course, is today beginning a tour in the Caribbean and Latin America, representing the Queen in Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas as part of the Jubilee celebrations and then continuing to Brazil to support British trade interests on behalf of HMG, and also in support of his charitable activities. This is apparently his first solo tour representing the Queen, and I am sure will be a great success.
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