Huw Edwards introduces coverage of the final day of HM the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations. To mark this special occasion, the Queen attends a service of thanksgiving.
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It is 9.15 on Tuesday 5th June and London is ready for the Highpoint
of the Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of the Queen's reign.
All eyes this morning on St Paul's Cathedral for the National Service
of Thanksgiving, attended by the Queen, this is only the second
Diamond Jubilee in British history. The Palace of Westminster, where
the Queen received tributes of Parliament a few months ago, that
will feature in today's events. The main focus will be Buckingham
Palace, where the processions will start and finish and where there is
understandable concern this morning for the Duke of Edinburgh, who was
taken into hospital last night with a bladder infection, taken in as a
precautionary measure so he will not be taking part in any of
today's events, as the Diamond Jubilee is formally marked at St
Paul's and here at the Palace this afternoon.
Yes, good morning from our studio at Buckingham Palace. At every
milestone of the Queen's reign the Duke of Edinburgh has been at her
side but not today, sadly, and we wish him a speedy recovery. The
Queen is said to be determined that the events should proceed as
planned. After all, a Diamond Jubilee is a rather special event
and this is only the second time that a British monarch has marked
six decades on the throne. The scene here has changed a little bit
since last night. An amazing evening, a grand concert and the
venue is being slowly dismantled, the stage set for something
different, military display, Church service, carriage processions and
an appearance on that famous balcony. You will not miss any of
the action here on BBC1. We will be with you throughout the day with
coverage as it happens. It's a great pleasure to welcome, not only
our viewers across the UK, but around the world including
Australia and Canada and America. A warm welcome to you all. We hope
you enjoy what the day brings and if it's anything like the past few
days, it's going to be one to remember. Who can forget the very
wet and rainy events of Sunday? A million people lined the banks of
the Thames to enjoy the biggest river pageant of the past 350 years.
1,000 boats, different shapes and sizes led by the Royal Barge. The
word spectacular doesn't do it justice.
Then, thousands of people enjoying the best view of last night's
Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Palace. Hundreds of thousands of
people enjoying the great music on the Mall and the surrounding parks.
After the concert the Queen lit the last of the network of beacons,
more than 4,000 of them stretching across the UK and beyond, to the
It was a really remarkable evening here. That's the story so far.
There's more to come today. Stay with us for the best coverage with
the BBC's team of presenters in all the key places, bringing you the
story of the day as it unfolds. Already along the route from
Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral the crowds have been
gathering since very, very early this morning. They haven't long to
wait before the Queen makes that journey to St Paul's for the
Service of Thanksgiving. Sophie is there to tell us all about it.
Yes, well this is where Queen Victoria, the last monarch to
celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, came back in 1897 for her Service of
Thanksgiving and today, more than 100 years later, Queen Elizabeth II
will follow in her footsteps with a grand service in front of a
congregation of more than 2000 people. St Paul's wanted to make
this very much about young people as well, so they have created the
Diamond Choir, it's made up of 41 children aged between ten and 13,
from all around the UK who will sing a specially composed new
choral work and we will be hearing more from them later.
After the service there will be a reception at the Mansion House in
the City of London for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh not attending,
as I said. Then it's lunch at the Palace of Westminster. Fiona Bruce
is there for us. Huw, today will be a Jubilee first,
the Queen will travel here a little later for a very special lunch and
she will be joined by over 600 people from all over the UK and
senior members of the Royal Family in the magnificent setting of
Westminster Hall and this morning it's been a hive of activity. At
about 7.00am flowers arrived, the catering staff, the chefs filed in
there in wonderful chefs hats and the National Children's Orchestra
are tuning in, because they'll be playing during the lunch. I am sure
the lucky few invited here today will have a day they'll never
forget. From Westminster the Queen will
make her way back here to the Palace in a traditional carriage
procession. The crowds will enjoy a balcony appearance to end the day.
Lots of people will be gathering in St James's Park ready for their
picnic parties. Fearne Cotton and Jake Humphrey will be hosting their
own get together. Yes, we are getting ready for our our Jubilee
Tea Party here. It looks beautiful this morning, this park was first
opened by Charles II to the public and today the public are filling it.
We are going to be flag-waving and eating cake. We will see you
throughout the day. Probably the best view of the day is along the
route, on the Mall itself where people always gather on days like
this. They often sleep out overnight to make sure of the
perfect vantage point. As you can probably hear they're in
good voice, and very good spirits and so they should be. They're in
number one position because they will be the first people to see
members of the Royal Family leaving Buckingham Palace and making their
way to St Paul's Cathedral. It's amazing to see the lengths people
will go to to get the best spots. Many people camped out overnight.
Lots of people are down the Mall doing there. People from all over
the world, loads of Canadians and you have to meet these guys, they
were here since last night. They haven't slept. They were at the
concert and walked around to get the best spot. What are you
running? Caffeine, adrenalin and a love for our Queen! Well done. So
many people here. And one of the most spectacular
sights of the day will be the Household Cavalry, escorting the
procession along the Mall, back to the Palace. There will be a fly-
past by the RAF and we will see a special rifle salute as the day's
events draw to a close. Clare Balding is at Hyde Park Barracks to
see final preparations there. Over 160 members of the Household
Cavalry Mounted Division will be part of the parade, either in the
band as part of the magnificent Sovereign's Escort and behind me 15
men and horses preparing to depart to guard the Sovereign's Entrance,
something they've been doing since 1660.
Let's give you a sense of how the day's going to run, a guide to
timings so that you know what's After the service the Queen will
Then at 2.20 the Queen and other members of the family returning to
the Palace in a traditional procession.
The celebrations will end with a balcony appearance and fly-past and
rifle salute. We think that's around 3.30pm. It goes without
saying we want everyone to enjoy the day with us on BBC1 and take
advantage of all the ways of getting in touch, social media and
share the experience. You can e- mail us or use the BBC Jubilee
hashtag on Twitter. That's all for you on the family addresses, there
is the e-mail address. Wherever you are, you are welcome
to get in touch. Let us know what you are up to today, parties,
picnics, celebrations, send us photos and we will show a selection
later in the day. Let's go to St Paul's Cathedral and join Sophie.
Of course in everybody's thoughts today the Duke of Edinburgh who has
spent the night in hospital after being taken ill suddenly yesterday.
I am joined by our Royal correspondent Luisa Baldini. Do we
have an update? The Duke of Edinburgh will be remaining in
hospital under observation for several more days. It's just a
precautionary measure we are told, but it will be several more days.
No recent update from the Palace, but there is a sense they don't
want to detract from the final celebrations today, but it will be
hugely disappointing for the Queen not to have Prince Philip by her
side today. It's possibly one of the most important days of her
reign, the culmination of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
know what kind of changes have been made to the proceedings today
because of it? Royal events Reich these are always tight -- like
these are tightly choreographed. There will be some changes.
Yesterday the two chairs had been set out in St Paul's for the Queen
and the Duke of Edinburgh, we understand that she will now be
sitting with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and we
understand for the carriage procession she will also be with
Charles and Camilla. Thank you very much. Many of the guests are
already arriving here at St Paul's. Let's go inside, because James is
there and he will be leading us through the service.
And inside St Paul's a magnificent scene is taking shape, the
proportions of the cathedral Church of London are dignified and
spectacular. It's a place which is grand, yet very familiar too and
after years of patient restoration the stone and marble paintings, the
gold and silver really are a rich and seufied pick -- vivid picture.
Shared this morning bay congregation building up which will
will reach more than 2000. They're taking their places for a service
that will combine high seriousness with great affection and warmth.
They're being certificaten serenaded at the moment. People
have been arriving here since about 8.30am, coming up the nave, leading
to the heart of the cathedral. Many political figures with us from
Government and opposition. William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, Alex
Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, Carwyn Jones, First Minister of
Wales is sitting alongside him. Of course, a great range of
dignitaries, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, arrived a while ago.
Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern Ireland is alongside
Carwyn Jones and Alex Salmond, representing the three other
nations in the United Kingdom in the cathedral Church of London, the
capital of England and the United Kingdom. In the body in the front
of the congregation are members of the Royal Family, the Royal
Household and the politicians tend to be at the side and we see the
Lord Speaker arriving in the last few minutes. Many of them familiar
with this building, such a stage for ceremonial. There is history in
the walls here. People have been worshipping on this spot for 15
centuries and when this 5th cathedral on the site was finished
at the beginning of the 18th century and rebuilt after the fire
it became a symbol of the new city and one of the things that we will
see here is the community it represents and the community across
the United Kingdom because more than 600 organisations of which the
Queen is patron from the scouts, Royal British Legion, Cycling
Federation, to the RSPB, all kinds of charities, voluntary
organisations that represent life in every corner of the kupbg the
Now St Paul's seems serene, capturing some of the continuity
and permenance it represents in the heart of this capital city and is
so appropriate for this service. Well, today everyone in the UK is
enjoying an extra bank holiday on the final day of the Diamond
Jubilee celebrations. Certainly the most formal and traditional, as
James was telling us there. What does today signify? How does this
compare with the events of the Golden Jubilee a decade ago, the
Silver Jubilee of 35 years ago? We know that the Queen will deliver a
televised address later today to mark the occasion. With us here the
eminent historian Simon Schma and author and commentator Katie
Nicholl. Simon, let's underline the It is very important because the
Queen believes in the religious importance of her job. All those
years ago in the heart of the Coronation service the one moment
that she made clear that television would not be allowed to show was
the moment when she was anointed. She sat on a simple white linen
shift to receive the holy unction. That connected her not only with a
remote going all the way back to the Saxon and Norman Kings but it
was the sense that she was between the God she fervently believes in
and the people she serves. For the Queen it has very special
significance. This is the moment of rededication. Katie, how do you see
today? I think this is the climax to an incredible four days of sell
braifplgts we've spoken about solemn ti -- sell braifplgts we've
spoken about solemnity. The Queen as the leader of the Church of
England takes her faith very seriously. We've had a wonderful
concert of all these wonderful things that have happened over the
four days one suspects this will probably be the most important and
poignant part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It has been
memorable not least for the pageant Simon. It was so British. We were
all saying would it have been a terrible disappointment if the sun
had come out? Maybe not. She was extraordinary. I was lucky enough
to have been on the Royal Barge. It was quite extraordinary and beyond
the call even of her definition of service. She stood there with two
very short tea breaks. While we were nipping down to the tea saloon,
I'm prepared to own up to, she was standing there for hour after hour.
As we look at these scenes to underline for us that what we are
seeing today now is the nation itself marking formally this
remarkable six decades of the Queen's reign, and later the Queen
to acknowledge that in a televised address. It is rather special she
is going to address the public. She will want her opportunity to say
thank you. These four days have been our way of thanking her, and
what a thank you. A wonderful spectacle on the Thames, never seen
before in our lifetime. The concert last night was wonderful. The Queen
is going to take home many wonderful memories from that. Will
it be interesting to see what her message this evening will be to the
nation but thank you I'm sure is going to feature prominently and
probably a rededication of the vows of service that she made. That
thank you will take place in St Paul's Cathedral's in a solemn way
in an hour's time. There's a new man in charge of St Paul's
Cathedral, a new Dean. This is a very big state event for him to be
taking charge of. He was speaking to Sophie. Will you be greeting the
Queen when she arrives shortly, but everybody's thoughts are very much
with the Duke of Edinburgh this morning as well. Yes, and we
mention him by name when we are praying. The Queen will be sitting
not with the Duke in the middle but alongside Charles and Camilla for
the duration of the service, which is natural to be sitting with your
family. I'm very glad she's able to do that and yet still to be part of
the service today. Obviously he will be in everybody's thoughts
during the service. This service to mark the Queen's 60 years, an
extraordinary achievement. Just explain the thinking behind the
service and the significance of the fact that it is being held here at
St Paul's. It's a service in three Parliaments one is about
celebration. We are celebrating the gifts that God has given the Queen
over 60 years and the gifts that we've received through her. There
is lots of joyful music. We'll be praying for her and the Royal
Family for their ongoing work, because their work won't stop. We
look forward to the Platinum Jubilee in due course. We are look
here to be inspired by the work that the Queen has done, and that
we might serve one another in the way that she has served us. It's a
full and rich experience for her and for us I hope. What will be the
highlight do you think? Some to which music is very grand and
gorgeous. But also the Diamond Choir, when they sing it is very
intimate and heart-felt. Yesterday I had tears in my eyes. They
touched the the parts in other bits don't sometimes. They encompass our
diversity in the United Kingdom. Huge crowds from waiting outside St
Paul's to see the Queen as she arrives, just as they did in 1897
when Queen Victoria celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Kit William has
the story. In Queen Victoria's journal of 23rd September 1896 she
wrote, today is the day on which I have reigns longer by a day than
any English sovereign. There was great debate even about a name for
the event. The Home Secretary suggested the Queen's Commemoration,
the Queen's Year, or even Jubilisimi. It was in the end
simply called the Diamond Jubilee. It was declared a special national
holiday and 4 million people squeeze into London to see their
Queen. �250,000 was spent on decorations. Wooden viewing stands
were erected in Whitehall, next to Charing Cross station and alongside
St Maarten's in the fields. St James's Street was arguably the
most beautifully decorated. 40 ven eeshian masks stood on either side
with evergreen strung from pillar to post. The Queen restricted the
jom bore ree to a six-mile procession through the centre of
London and a brief Thanksgiving service on the steps of St Paul's.
She rode in her state landau. She wore a white parasol on her head to
protect her skin from the summer sun. 17 carriages carried gets and
there were 50,000 troops processing to St Paul's Cathedral.
The Queen was 78 years old and suffering from rheumatism. It meant
she was unable to climb the steps of St Paul's. She turned down
influence carry her up, so the service took place here as she sat
in the royal carriage. On the steps stood the Bishop of London, the
Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, 500 choristers and two bands. Thousands
more massed beside and between the pillars of St Paul's. In 1897, the
power of Britain was at its height. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
was probably the greatest celebration of modern times. But
the girl who came to the throne so young and you now resumed an empire
would rare I will be seen in public again.
I could catch that 100 times Simon. Kate is with us as well. I love the
last 30 seconds especially, those images of Queen victoria. So happy
and smiling and so full of excitement at her imperial pageant.
There's a photo of her with a broad smile. We are accustomed to our
Queen bestowing lovely smiles on us but when Queen Victoria did it, it
was like an earthquake. She talked about the children. The children
receiving oranges. There was something about the old lady and
the children that melted everybody's heart that have long
reign. I'm bound to say, people will draw the contrast with today.
Today is on a big scale. We are seeing the crowds gathering right
now. But when you look at those images, you compare today and it
looks sublime, and The Mall looks magnificent up to Admiralty arch,
but there were 50,000 troops, 17,000 carriages, umpteen bands.
And no e-mail to sort it all out. 4 million people flooded into London.
They were everywhere. There were panics there wouldn't be enough
food, not enough waiters. It was a great imperial pageant, because
that the point Britain roulade quarter of the population. All the
imperial troops were in her train. That was the key. That was a naval
review as well. The Prince of Wales went to sea, but the point of that
naval review was the flightton Germans as well as everybody else.
We had a great displif military muscle. What's so beautiful about
the contrast now is that our strength is in our shared affection.
It is essentially the glory of our monarchy in a way as in its lack of
power makes the distinction between authority based on affection and
military hardware. We don't have the latter but we have a world-
beating delivery of instinctive affection for the Queen and vice
versa. Let's hold on to that thought. I want to take us forward
to 1935. This is the silver Jubilee of George V. We have Princess
Elizabeth and Princess Margaret on the balcony. People said she was
deaf and dumb and that was the way of showing her, people will say,
"Look at the princesses having such a lovely time." The King said, "I'm
such an ordinary sort of Shap, why are they cheering me?" He was
thrilled. Both Queen Victoria and George V wrote in private diaries
and he said, "I have no idea so many people loved me." The message,
he was the person who invented the radio broadcast. He had a rich
baritone voice. You can find it on YouTube. He said I want my Jubilee
year to be dedicate ed to finding people work. I grieve for people
with no work, and those who are disabled, the veterans of the First
World War. It was quite a difference from the scary
disciplinarian. It was somebody whose heart was on show for the
whole country. At Jubilees we see our monarchs at their softest as
they are so thrilled with the amazing tribute to them. The ideas
that Jubilees are to be celebrated was Victorian. George III had a
small one in 1810. The idea that the public would want to celebrate
their monarch was something new. They certainly are and today's
celebration is taking us to St The congregation is expanding by
the moment inside the Cathedral. The Commonwealth, 54 countries of
the Commonwealth, heavily represented. The Queen's commitment
to the Commonwealth is one of the things of which she is proudest and
seldom makes a speech without reference to her commitment and
concern for the Commonwealth nations. We have Governors-General,
Prime Ministers, including Prime Minister of New Zealand, of Canada.
Various people, the Prime Minister of Cameroon I see is here. Govern
general of Australia is down there. They are gathered together in the
South Transept, facing the politicians across the way. Nick
Clegg the Deputy Prime Minister is already here, with junt, the
Culture Secretary behind -- Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary behind
him. The Chief Whip enjoying a joke, who knows. Mr Cameron will be
participating in the service and reading the New Testament lesson.
The service itself is going to begin at 10.30. We are going to
hear great music and familiar hymns. Vaughan Williams' All People That
On Earth Do Dwell, a favourite of the Queen, we are told, and Guide
Me O Thou Great Redeemer. That was sung at a recent occasion which
will no doubt be in the minds, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess
after Cambridge a year ago. We'll hear two fanfares before the
service begins, when the Queen arrives. The prayer readers will be
introduced as we go into the service. We've got the National
Cadet of the Year, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, the Duke
of Edinburgh's award, a Queen's scout, someone from the Gurkha
regiment and a Sea Cadet That... That is the Leading Cadet Hannah
Subit of the Sea Cadet Corps. Congratulations, what an
extraordinary role to be playing for you. Are you nervous, excited?
Quite nervous and excited. It's actual lay great honour to do this.
This t really is. When were you told you were going to be doing it?
About three weeks ago. I got told that I got requested to do this.
It's quite crazy. Do you know why they choose you? These are highly
inspirational young people leading the prayers today? They said I
would be making a good impression, I guess the role model kind of
thing, hopefully. A role model quite clearly. Have you been
rehearsing, practising? Yes, we had rehearsal on the Tuesday and a full
rehearsal yesterday and in between I have been going over my lines and
stuff. An extraordinary honour for you, you are leading the prayers
feet away from the Queen. It's a once in a lifetime chance, I don't
think I will get this ever again. We are here celebrating 60 years on
the throne for the Queen. What does it mean for your generation? It's a
great honour, we used to not get involved, but we are definitely
more involved in this, especially for Sea Cadets, we did the pageant
and beacons and stuff, it's been awesome. Your mother is here today,
your family must be so proud. she's been telling everyone.
Congratulations. Good luck. Thank you. A number of young people are
taking part in today's service. 41 young people aged between ten and
13 have been chosen to be part of the Diamond Choir. They've been
chosen from all over the UK to sing the Call of Wisdom, it's been
composed especially for today and it's going to be sung as a gift to
the Queen. This is a huge challenge. We are
looking for children, young people, from every single region of the
United Kingdom to come here to London and form a choir, a one-off
choir, the Diamond Choir. We have been to 18 cathedrals
throughout the United Kingdom to hold auditions. I feel very nervous,
but I feel very excited and looking forward to it. It's boys and girls
aged between ten and 13, so they would be trebles or Sopranos.
Lovely voice, well done. It's going to be very tough for them,
auditions are always tough but the prize at the end of this process is
this wonderful opportunity. will be there in sunshine... My job
is to listen to singers here in Winchester and choose some of them
to go to London to sing at the wonderful occasion.
At last the day's here, it's very exciting for all of us. The big
challenge is to take the wonderful voices which these children have
got and to turn them into a choir fit for the Queen. They won't be on
their own singing the new song, because they'll be singing
alongside sinners from St Paul's -- singers from St Paul's and the
Chapel Royal. We want it to be brilliant. A special moment this.
They're performing a new piece I have written especially for this
occasion. It's called the Call of Wisdom.
Great, great. Let's confirm, bar 13... We are a bit tired, I am
tired. There's lots more work but Just imagine that you are one of
the parents of the members of the Diamond Choir at St Paul's today.
Arriving at St Paul's now is the Prime Minister and he will be
joining his deputy, Nick Clegg and his Chancellor, George Osborne, who
we saw enjoying the build-up. David and Samantha Cameron greeted
by the senior clergyy, Michael Hampel there. In bright sunshine.
Michael Hampel there who we stphau the fill -- who we saw in the film,
responsible for so much of the work that's led to the creation of the
Diamond Choir itself. The Prime Minister and his wife take their
places at St Paul's Cathedral ready for the start of the service which
will be in about 40 minutes' time. Some 2,300 people in the
I mentioned the sunshine, because we have got our fingers crossed.
The forecast for later today didn't look quite as promising, but I am
going to confess, I am not an expert, so we are going to join
Chris with someone who is a bit more of an expert on the weather.
Well, we certainly hope so. Carole from the BBC weather centre. How
are you? And hello everybody. Some scouts from Liverpool there. Always
prepared. Should we be prepared for rain? We should. After a fine start
and it's been nice this morning, the clouds are going to continue to
build and we are expecting some rain. We will be on the cusp of
that rain for about 2.00. For the balcony appearance we could have
persistent rain by then. That's the thing, about 3.00pm it's going to
get a little wet but it's nice and warm. These guys are creating
warmth themselves. And a breeze as well, with all the flags! We should
be OK, nothing like supbt? -- Sunday? It won't be as heavy rain
as Sunday, but we will be fine for a while yet and we might be lucky
for the procession. We might be. Carole, thank you very much. Thank
you very much everybody behind. A bit of rain won't bother you, will
it? They're quite happy. Won't bother us at all. I think
that, not least because we are in a studio, so I shouldn't be too smug,
but lots of people on the Mall who have brought brollies and macs.
Let's hope they don't need them. Let's have a look at the
congregation arriving at St Paul's Cathedral. Now we can see some of
the Royal guests who have started to arrive. Mike Tindall there and
his wife, Zara Phillips, of course, as she was before she got married.
They're meeting other members of the Royal Family, too. They'll be
taking their places a while before we see the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and other senior Royals arriving. We will join names once
again. -- join James once again.
The Royal Family takes its place collectively at the front of the
nave. The Queen will, as we heard, be
sitting beside the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, in the
absence of the Duke of Edinburgh. Younger members of the family are
are already in place. Princess Royal's children are here and Zara
Phillips there. James Ogilvy there and down the generations. They're
all gathering for this really rather special occasion, because
it's one that none of us has ever seen before. 1897. The Prime
Minister is just checking his notes for the reading which he will be
giving from St Paul's letter to the Romans later, which will be the
subject of the sermon to be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury in
one of his last duties of this kind before he he steps down from that
post at the end of the year. As the Government benches, so to speak,
fill up, Ed Miliband I think is about to join them. He's just come
in to the cathedral. One gets the sense of the last act
in the preliminaries about to be played out in this really quite
magnificent scene. It's often said and it's true that the cathedral
has probably never looked better than it does now, even on the day
that it was dedicated in 1710. Ed Miliband and his wife shaking hands
with the Speaker. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, looking on.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey not far from the mayor.
They take their places as we await the final arrivals before the
service begins. And we will be back at St Paul's in
a few minutes as more of the Royal guests start arriving, just a few
of them there so far but we will see many more arriving in the next
20 minutes or so. We were talking about the final preparations at
Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge. Let's join Claire.
This is my new friend, Isiah, a fine example of a cavalry horse,
big, strong and fantastic temperament. Not frightened by loud
noises. I am joined by the Commanding Officer of the Household
Cavalry Dan Hughes. It's been a busy year for you? It has, since
the Royal wedding last year we have been running pretty hot since then
and this year we have had the addition of the State Opening of
Parliament and festivitying around the Diamond Jubilee, so a busy year.
A few horses just taking the opportunity for a cat-nap, this one
one closing his eyes and saying you know what, I will save energy for
later. I will be taking his name later! In terms of the men on
parade, a number of them and a lot of preparation that's gone into
this. A huge amount. Everyone sees the glamorous side of the parade
and that's the very public side of the Household Cavalry but there is
an enormous amount of hard work that goes to this stage. Today we
will have nearly 160 horses on parade. Getting that number of
horses and soldiers out on parade in good order is quite an effort.
And very different from your other role. It is. It's the key thing
really for us, is that all our soldiers are dual-trained in
operational and ceremonial roles, so many of the soldiers you see on
parade today will have already served tours in Iraq and
Afghanistan. In fact, in three weeks' time time there will be a
draft of 20 of these soldiers down to our sister Reg tphplt --
regiment and will deploy in Afghanistan next year.
appreciate how hard they work and how dangerous their job normally is
but we wish them luck on parade today.
We will indeed be back with James in St Paul's in a few minutes.
There will be more guests arriving but I wanted to remind people that
Katie and Simon is with me. As we will see the guests start to arrive,
just a sense, first of all, of what today means for the other members
of the Royal Family. We talked about the Queen and the
significance of the Queen, but others. Terribly important. And
reflected by the fact they will all be there this morning. Arriving in
the usual hierarchy that you would see with the Royal protocol. We
have seen Zara and Mike come in, they weren't at the pageant on
Sunday, they couldn't make it because Zara was competing so she
was at the concert last night but this will be an important event for
all, for all of them it's their opportunity to also take sometime
like the rest of the nation to reflect which is what these great
If you look outside there's a big crowd building up and one of the
official cars on the way is a guessing game game going on because
we need to spot who is inside the cars. If you were expecting formal
carriages this morning you are going to be disappointed because
that's not going to happen. That's not the you kind of day we have at
the moment. We are having cars on the way to St Paul's and more cars
to go back to Westminster. The carriage procession itself will
take place right at the end of the day, just for that section from the
Houses of Parliament back to to Buckingham Palace. It's a fairly
short procession in that way. When I talk about a carriage procession,
again it's worth noting, given we are looking at a very modern form
of transport in front of us, it won't be the great gold carriage.
The gold state carriage that George III used famously and since then we
have seen it at other Jubilees and Coronations, that will not be out
today T will be a more modest form of carriage used. Isn't that a
magnificent scene? Last night it was absolutely packed with people.
And huge screens displaying the concert. Today, clear, the flags
flying and sun is out. Admiralty Arch, we will be seeing a lot of
that today, because this is the route that the Queen will be using
on the way. Of course, we have to hope the sun
will keep shining when the wonderful carriages make their way
back from Westminster, which will be reminiscent of the Royal wedding,
of course. That's the scene. Those are the stands that we used for the
concert last night. As I was saying, they're packed with people now
waiting for these depar tures and then looking forward to people
coming back a little later on. Let's go to Sophie at St Paul's.
There's a wonderful atmosphere outside St Paul's here this morning.
People have been waiting since late last night just to get a view of
the Queen when she arrives. They're now standing nine, ten, 11 deep to
get the best view and they've come from all over Britain, but also
they've come from all over the world. I have been talking to
people, one lady from Australia, another from sigh plus and another
-- Cyprus and another woman from Texas just to be here today to pay
I can see the very familiar face of the Duke of York on his way. With
his daughters. Beatrice in the back, looking lovely, and Eugenie. They
both looked fantastic. They got a lot of stick at the Royal Wedding
but they are looking beautiful today. I expect we'll see a lot of
hats, which must not be too broad or too large, as one must not
obstruct a view in the Cathedral. Plenty of hats to go with the pomp
and pageantry that we are going to see today. I should explain that a
group of Royals, business paragingly called minor Royals, are
on their way. Soon we'll be seeing the Earl and Countess of Wessex,
and then the Princess Royal and her husband. Later on we'll see the
Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, with Harry, probably from
Clarence House. You point out the lesser Royals, which does sound
demeaning, as if you are royal, you're royal, but we have seen a
division among the Royals during this Diamond Jubilee. There is very
much an emphasis on the core members of the Royal Family, which
have been very much a part of these celebrations. Because minds, we
hope, the Queen (Inaudible) minds inevitably turn to the thought of
the succession. Looking at the Duke of York it is interesting think
that it was the Queen Victoria who created the notion that the family
part of the Royal Family was serious, that intensity of love
between the Queen and Albert, the difficult relationship with the
then Prince of Wales, but the notion that the country wanted a
good, decent, affectionate, sentimental in the best way family
is quite knew. George III's children notoriously hated each
other and their children, it it was family thing, it was not to be
spoken of. How different it is now. But family is very important to
Queen Elizabeth. We heard princesses Beatrice and Eugenie pay
sentimental tributes to their grandmother. We caught a glimpse of
the Earl and Countess of Wessex, travelling with the Countess of
Windsor. If all goes to plan the Princess Royal will be on her way
with Sir Timothy Laurence. So, they are on their way through
Admiraltyry arch, along the Strand, up to St Paul's Cathedral and James
The Kings of Arms and the heralds and per siv ants have come one the
-- Pursuivants have come up the aisle. The Honourable Corp of the
Gentlemen at Arms preparing to make the formal welcome as the Duke and
Duchess of Kent arrive at the West Door. The Duke is the Queen's
cousin. The Earl of St Andrews following on, and Prince and
Princess Michael, the Duke of Gloucester shaking hands with the
clergy arrayed at the door. The Bishop of London Right Reverend
Richard Chartres will say a prayer during the service, and the
Archbishop of Canterbury himself. The Earl of Ulster there, and
Prince Michael of Kent with his wife, with his brother the Duke of
Kent just in front of him. They will move up the Nave to join
the other members of the family who are already in their places. I
think all the politicians are now in their places. We are witnessing
the coming together of what's a quite magnificent scene. With the
sun I'm glad to say beating down there at the Great West Door, a
door which is only opened on ceremonial occasions of this kind.
It gives a wonderful splash of light on those members of the Royal
Family as they move up the long walk. It is a magnificent site. The
Duke and Duchess of Kent make their way and the Earl and Countess of St
Andrews, Lord Nicholas Windsor behind, with his wife. Frederick
Windsor and his wife. They move along the clergy line to be greeted
and escorted to their places at the front of the Cathedral. The scene
that greets them of course as they come in the Great West Door is a
truly magnificent one. The refurbishment of the last few year
has produced a scene which is memorable. The sight from high up
in the Cathedral is one that is utterly memorable, as we prepare
for the beginning of the service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee. The service is due to begin shortly,
in just over 20 minutes' time. A good moment to remind you of the
I'm here in the mifr sent Westminster half. I have in my hand
the menu for the Diamond Jubilee lunch. It is a tour around the
British isles. Sandringham apple Joyce, crab, a symphony of dessert.
The man in charge of organising this is Black Rod, Lieutenant-
General David Leakey. You've organised this event. It's a
massive undertaking. When did you start? The first ideas came out I
think just before Christmas. Since then we've had the Queen coming
here for the Loyal Address from both houses of Parliament in March
and the State Opening of Parliament in May, so we had two big events.
Although some preliminary plan hag happened over the last three months,
it is the last three or four weeks when the real plan hag happened,
all the detail. It all started early this morning. It is timed
precisely, 20 minutes for the first course, 30 minutes for the main, 15
minutes for dessert. It is precision timing isn't it? It is.
The Royal Family have to meet deadlines, partly for television
coverage. The Queen will have to leave here, the carriages will
leave at 20 past 2, so the Queen must finish lunch before 20 past 2
and leave on time. That's why we have to time it. They'll be joined
by the children's orchestra. Black Rod, thank you very much indeed.
Lots of detailed work has gone into that lunch. I will be telling you
more about that lunch later on, the City livery companies, their
remarkable tradition and their charitable lunch. They were hosting
that lunch in Westminster Hall today. Back to St Paul's and to
James again. The City dignitaries are arriving.
It's the Lord Mayor of the City of London, alderman David Wootton, who
will welcome the Queen. We'll see the great Pearl Sword, a rather
magnificent object. Given to the Lord Mayor, it is said to be the
one given to Elizabeth I. The scabbard, which is being carried in
front of the City mace, the scabbard has 2,500 paerls. The
tradition is that the Queen -- pearls. The tradition is the Queen
touches the sword when it reaches the City. Today it will be done in
a brief touching ceremony on the steps of St Paul's, as the Lord
Mayor welcomes the Queen. She is the only person who can take
precedence over him in this Square Mile of the City of London. The
great clergy in their fine array moving up the Aisling. The Bishop
of London, Right Reverend Richard Chartres, is wearing a particularly
fine cloak today, the silver Jubilee coat, created for that
occasion in 1977. A regular procession of the cars that we saw
leaving Buckingham Palace and associated buildings arriving in
front of the Great West Door of St Paul's. The Duke of York arriving
with his two daughters Eugenie and Beatrice. Coming up the steps with
the Lord Mayor. He be will be up and down those step as few times in
the next few minutes. The wind is getting up a bit but it hasn't
deterred the crowd, which stretches down Ludgate Hill, towards the
strand, from where we'll see the climactic moments of this Royal
Procession to St Paul's. The scene at Clarence House. This
is where we see the departure of the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of
Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Leaving
Clarence House which of course for more than half a century was the
home of the late Queen Mother. They are on their way. There'll be lots
of interest today Katie in what people are wearing in these cars.
Yes, there always is. It is so important, we always wants to know
what they are wearing. We saw the Duchess, just a glimpse of her, but
we understand she's wearing Alexander McQueen. An interesting
choice, because that was the designer she chose to wear on her
wedding day, the gown designed by Sarah Burton. At each of the
Jubilee events, if I'm not mistaken, she has worn McQueen. She wore a
beautiful scarlet dress on the River Pageant, which enabled her to
stand out. And get very cold! glimpse of the Prince of Wales in
the car. He under lined some remarkable facts at the end of the
speech. He said he was just three years of age when his mother
acceded to the throne. It is interesting that William IV at 64
is the oldest man to become King in British history. But Prince Charles
isn't far away, 63 now I think. That extraordinary span of years.
He was the first child to witness a parent crowned. In the tribute he
made on film, a wonderful shot of this little boy. Yes, he will be a
veteran of royal duties. One can say that. It is interesting,
because Charles and the Queen saw their parents crowned. The Queen
attended her father's Coronation. In the Abbey. I think so. At least
saw the event or was around for the event. Yes. She certainly was.
are through Admiralty arch and they are on to the strand. Simon will
forgive me speaking about the London history of the Strand. It
was one of the great Medieval thoroughfares of London and at one
stage it was on the banks of the river? It was. It was a manager net
for loyalty and hatred. It was burnt down during the peasants'
revolt in the rain of Richard II. It was associated with the House of
Lancaster. At that point, 14th century, it could attract
disaffection as well as affection. Now we have a agenda ler Strand.
Much gentler Strand. Charing Cross is now one of the
prime features of this part of London. Along the Strand. It's a
couple of miles to St Paul's, where we can join James again.
As the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence,
move to the front of the Cathedral, her brother the Prince of Wales
will be arriving any moment. The organ has been sounding magnificent
this morning. It has entertained the congregation with some
wonderful music. The Earl and Countess of Wessex joining the
It will next be the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and
Prince Harry and Duke and Duchess The scene at Buckingham Palace, and
thousands of people now in the stands. Still there, after last
night's concert, which featured a galaxy of stars. Every name you can
imagine, they were all there last night and it was a great evening.
The stands are still in use today. You can see there the stage, which
has been removed actually, but the canopy is still in place around the
Queen Victoria Memorial. Final preparations are now being
made as the Royal Standard is proudly flying. Final preparations
for the Queen's departure, ready for the service. Other members of
the Royal Family making their way along the Strand and towards Fleet
Street, past the Church of St Clement Danes, the RAF Church just
at the point of entry there into the City of London.
Just passing Somerset House and The Prince of Wales, you Duchess of
Cornwall, Prince Harry, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they're a few
minutes away. Passing the Royal Courts there. Very soon, within a
few yards, they'll be passing Temple Bar as it's known, that's
the old formal point of entry into the City of London. You can see the
memorial there, the centre of Fleet Street.
The Queen is now leaving the Palace in the state Bentley that was given
to her ten years ago at the Golden Jubilee, accompanied by Lady
Farnham, because of course the Duke of Edinburgh is unable to attend.
It Would have been terribly sad for the Queen to have made that journey
on her own and the Duke is going to be very much in everyone's thoughts
at the service this morning. There she is, looking rather wonderful.
Actually, nothing, not the weather, not anything seems to be able to
dampen our monarch's spirits which is why I think she's so hugely
popular and why the crowds continue to be there, many of whom have
camped out overnight. The crowds rushing to the edge of the stands
to have their important photos, because they need photos taken now,
just in case the weather turns later. You never know, we have our
fingers crossed. It's not as sunny as it was, but it's still dry. A
leisurely pace for the State Bentley as the Queen takes in the
sights. Passing St James's Park, one of the loveliest parks in
London. At one stage full of exotic animals, the land was bought in
1531 by Henry VII. It's a lovely park.
You will notice that the Queen is very prepared for her journey, this
little blanket she has over her knees and those white gloves. And
The cheering gets louder as they approach Admiralty Arch. It's hard
to think of the Palace without them all, but -- the Mall, it was a 20th
century creation, it was widened for the need for these beautiful
public processions and it was a sort of feedback loop really
between the processions that we all need and they're designed to be at
much august and very dramatically beautiful for the public to be able
to show their affection. Once the streets of London were a dangerous
place. King George III had his carriage pelted with stones answer
people loved George III normally but it was 1795, even before I was
born. There was hunger and a very unpopular war. It didn't take long
for George III to recover the wonderful affection. Back at St
Paul's and more people are arriving, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of
Cornwall and Prince Harry mount the steps to enter the cathedral. The
Lord Mayor, subject to the gusts of the wind that's blowing up Ludgate
Hill, as he welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just behind
The Prince of Wales will sit beside his mother, the Queen, at this
service in the absence of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.
There is, of course, a familiarity between these members of the Royal
Family and the khrerpblg to whom they're now -- clergy to whom
they're now saying good morning. The Prince of Wales is very close
in particular to the Bishop of London. Fellow students at
Cambridge. The City to which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan
Williams, will retire at the end of the year. The Dean of the cathedral
having a quiet word with the Duchess of Cambridge. She takes her
place, just a year or so after her marriage into the Royal Family. The
Prince of Wales in mourning dress today, no military uniforms being
worn. When they are in their places and the Queen arrives she will be
greeted by two fanfares, one outside and one inside.
The Trumpeters of the RAF inside have been taking their places in in
preparation for that great moment and honour they have of welcoming
her to the City. The Duke of Cambridge having a friendly word
with the Archbishop. They all see a lot of each other, of course. These
are surprisingly intimate moments. Have a bit to say this morning.
Smiling Prince William, who enjoyed the rock concert at Buckingham
Palace last night. Not wearing a tie, which was rather a pleasing
sight for a lot of other people who weren't wearing ties. But he is in
proper formality this morning, talking to his brother with the
Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales ahead of them, they will move
up the nave and we will await the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen.
The cheers of God Save The Queen were probably loud enough to be
heard down Fleet Street and The Strand. The Queen probably knows
that she can expect a rousing welcome at St Paul's Cathedral,
which is a couple of miles away from this point, which is through
Trafalgar Square, past that wonderful statue of Charles I,
which is staring down Whitehall and Crossing behind the magnificent
Church of St Martin In The Fields. Past Charing Cross station.
Into this area of London that's changed so much over the years,
Simon. Yes, it has. It was always a place
really from the early 19th century in which some sense of what the
nation wanted, hence Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, the
National Gallery again was thought of as somewhere the British people
would come in Trafalgar Square, so on the whole we are allergic to
piazzas, as Christopher Wren found out to his dismay, but every so
often we want broad streets and a little sense of what binds us
together in a space but it should never get in the way of commerce
and business and Wren did have a lot of his plans for the City
frustrated by two facts of life - the need for processions down the
nave and the need for business. The Duke of Cambridge is still
enjoying a happy word at the doors of the cathedral here. Everyone is
waiting for the formality to begin. At the moment it's really rather a
relaxed atmosphere, very pleasant. The politicians are all chatting to
each other. The representatives of other faiths who are here are all
sitting together, representatives of the Buddhist community, Sikhs,
of course. The chief rabbi is in the congregation, too. They are all
extremely proud of the part they play in this service. The
representatives of the churches as well, and the orthodox Church.
The Archbishop of Westminster and his predecessor is with us today
and Cardinal O'Brien, the senior Catholic Cardinal and Lord Carey,
they're all together in that part of the cathedral. The Archbishop of
the Greek archdiocese. So, silence is beginning to take
hold in the cathedral, everyone aware that in two or three minutes
the Service of Thanksgiving will begin. The music I can promise you
is going to be wonderful. We will hear from that Diamond Choir, the
41 children from around the country who sing a newly composed anthem by
William Todd, which is a remarkable anthem. It's had a profound effect
on those who have heard it. The preparations, of course, have been
intense and the excitement on faces of these young singers is a
genuinely moving thing to see. They're in the choir, with the
choir of the cathedral, of course, men and boys who will give us a
wonderful blast when the Queen We are a few minutes away on the
Queen's arrival at St Paul's Cathedral. There will be a grand
fanfare by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. The Queen's
Bentley just passing Temple Bar. Into the confines of the old City
of London. The previous Jubilees, of course,
in the carriages. But today's arrangements are not quite as
formal as that. Past the Law Courts and down along
Fleet Street, former province of all the great newspapers. They've
all moved out, of course, towards Ludgate Circus, sight of one of the
old Roman gates into the City of London.
Then there will be a great view from that point up to St Paul's
Cathedral. The whole area dotted with glorious
City Churches. Including St Bride's and the
wonderfully named St Andrew Near The Wardrobe, which I like because
it's a reference to the days when the monarchy's clothing was kept in
one place. Yes, incredibly important. As we know from Katy,
clothing is still very important. Absolutely. We know that the Queen
- well, she looks beautiful in in mint green. It's by her designer of
ten years, Angela Kelly, who the Queen has remained very loyal to
and she wore Angela Kelly on pageant day, as well. Ten out of
ten for that outfit. Very Very beautiful. Crossing Ludgate Circus
and a final stretch along Ludgate I think we'll be able to expect a
pretty rousing cheer between Queen emerges from the car. What will
happen now is the Bentley will approach the Cathedral. When it
arrives, the Queen's presence will be the signalled by the State
Trumpeters, four of them from the Life Guards, four from the Blues
and Royals. They'll have a very busy day today, because they'll
have fanfares outside and inside the Cathedral and later on at the
Palace of Westminster. They are led today by the trumpet major Tim West.
The Queen, the national Service of Thanksgiving, arrives at St Paul's
CROWD CHANTS, "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN." The Queen has touched the Pearl
Sword on the steps, given to the Mayor by Elizabeth I. She waves to
the Queen gathered outside the Cathedral and walks alone up the
steps to join the rest of her family. She will sit beside the
Prince of Wales. We will hear the second fanfare as she enters the
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The Dean escorts her to the West # All the earth doth worship thee
# The heavens # To thee cherubin and seraphin
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# Heaven and earth are full of # The glorious company of
# The goodly fellowship of the prophets, praise thee
# The holy Church throughout all the world, doth acknowledge thee
# The Father Of an infinite majesty
# Thine honourable, true and only Son
# Also the Holy Ghost The Comforter
# Thou art the King of glory O Christ
# Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father
# When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man
# Thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb
# When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death
# Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers
# Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father
# We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge
# We therefore pray thee Help thy servants
# Whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood
# Make them to be numbered with thy saints, in glory everlasting. #
We come to this Cathedral Church today
to give thanks to almighty God for the prosperous reign of the Queen
and to rejoice together in this year of Her Majesty's Jubilee
as we celebrate 60 years of her sovereignty and service.
As we come together as loyal subjects
from all parts of the Realms and Commonwealth of Nations,
we give thanks for the blessings bestowed by God
on our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, and we celebrate
the identity and variety which our nations under her have enjoyed.
We come as people of faith to pray for Her Majesty The Queen
and all members of the Royal Family,
asking that God will continue to bless and guide them
in all that they undertake, and that they may find strength
and enrichment in the celebration of this Jubilee.
We also come to give thanks for
Her Majesty's loyal service and commitment,
lived through a deep sense of vocation in Christ
to the glory of almighty God,
praying that we may be inspired by her example,
and that God will continue to grant her steadfastness of faith
and the love of all her people.
All these our thanksgivings and prayers we offer to almighty God
in the words that Jesus taught us.
ALL: Our Father, who art in heaven Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom The power, and the glory
For ever and ever. Amen.
# All people that on earth do dwell
# Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice
# Him serve with fear His praise forth tell
# Come ye before him, and rejoice
# The Lord, ye know, is God indeed
# Without our aid he did us make
# We are his folk, he doth us feed
# And for his sheep he doth us take
# O enter then his gates with praise
# Approach with joy his courts unto
# Praise, laud and bless his name always
# For it is seemly so to do
# For why? The Lord our God is good
# His mercy is for ever sure
# His truth at all times firmly stood
# And shall from age to age endure
# To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
# The God whom heaven and earth adore
# From men and from the Angel-host
# Be praise and glory evermore
# Amen. #
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to one who understands
and right to those who find knowledge.
Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
I, wisdom, live with prudence, and I attain knowledge and discretion.
# Ascribe unto the Lord O ye kindreds of the people
# Ascribe unto the Lord worship and power
# Ascribe unto the Lord the honour due unto his Name
# Bring presents and come into his courts
# O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
# Let the whole earth stand in awe of him
# Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King
# And that it is he who hath made the round world
# So fast that it cannot be moved
# And how that he shall judge the people righteously
# Let the heavens rejoice And let the earth be glad
# Let the sea make a noise and all that therein is
# Let the field be joyful and all that is in it
# Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord
# For he cometh For he cometh to judge the earth
# And with righteousness to judge the world
# And the people with his truth
# Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost
# As it was in the beginning, is nowAnd ever shall be, world without end
# Amen. #
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
so that you may discern what is the will of God -
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you
not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think,
but to think with sober judgement,
each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
For as in one body we have many members,
and not all the members have the same function,
so we, who are many, are one body in Christ,
and individually we are members one of another.
We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us -
prophecy, in proportion to faith,
ministry, in ministering,
the teacher, in teaching,
the exhorter, in exhortation,
the giver, in generosity,
the leader, in diligence,
the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
Let love be genuine,
hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good,
love one another with mutual affection,
outdo one another in showing honour.
Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints,
extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you - bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly,
do not claim to be wiser than you are.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil,
but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you,
live peaceably with all.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Some words from St Paul: "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
"holy and acceptable to God."
There will be other occasions toremember the splendour and the drama
of the Coronation. Today's focus is different.
What we remember is the simple statement of commitment
made by a very young woman, away from home,
suddenly and devastatingly bereaved -
a statement that she would be there for those she governed,
that she was DEDICATING herself to them.
"Dedication" is a word that has cometo mean rather less than it used to.
Those of us who belong to the same generation
as Her Majesty's older children
will recall a '60s song about a "dedicated follower of fashion" -
as though to be "dedicated" just meant to be very enthusiastic.
But in the deep background of the word is the way it is used
in classical and biblical language. In this context, to be "dedicated"
is to be absolutely removed from other uses,
being completely available to God.
And so to be dedicated to the good of a COMMUNITY -
in this case both a national and an international community -
is to say, "I have no goals that are not the goals of this community,
"I have no wellbeing, no happiness,
"that is not the wellbeing of the community.
"What will make me content or happy is what makes for the good of
"this particular part of the human family."
It is an ambitious, even an audacious thing to aim at.
It is, of course, no more so thanthe ideals set before all Christians
who try to model their lives on what St Paul says about life
in the Body of Christ.
That doesn't make it any easier to grasp or to live out,
but the way St Paul approaches it should help us see that
we're not being encouraged to develop a self-punishing attitude,
relentlessly denying our own goals or our own flourishing
for the sake of others.
What's put before us is a genuine embrace of those others,
a willingness to be made happy by the well-being of our neighbours.
"Outdo one another in showing honour", says St Paul.
Compete with each other only in
the generous respect you show to one and all,
because in learning that respect you will find delight in one another.
You will begin to discover that the other person is a source of
nourishment, excitement, pleasure, growth and challenge.
And if we broaden this out to an entire community,
a nation, a commonwealth, it means discovering that it is always
in an ever-widening set of relations that we become properly ourselves.
Dedication to the service of a community certainly involves
that biblical sense of an absolute purge of selfish goals,
but it is also the opening of a door into SHARED riches.
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 honour 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 can
To declare a lifelong dedication The same can be said of Prince
Philip and our prayers and thoughts To declare a lifelong dedication
But it is also to respond to the And perhaps that is the challenge
St Paul implies that we should be of a shared joy far greater
that we find the strength to take the risks and make the sacrifices -
even if this seems to reduce
our individual hopes of secure enjoyment.
Moralists - archbishops included -
can thunder away as much as theylike, but they'll make no difference
unless and until people see that
there is something transforming and exhilarating
about the prospect of a whole community rejoicing together,
being glad of each other's happiness and safety. This alone
is what will save us from the traps of ludicrous financial greed,
of environmental recklessness, of collective fear of strangers
and collective contempt for the unsuccessful and marginal,
and many more things that we see fartoo much of, around us and within us.
One crucial aspect of discovering such a vision -
and many still do discover it in their service of others,
despite everything -
is to have the stories and examples available that show it's possible.
Thank God, there are many wonderful instances
lived out unobtrusively throughout the country and the Commonwealth.
But 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.
To seek one's own good and one's own wellbeing
in the health of the community is sacrificially hard work -
but it is this search that is truly natural to the human heart.
That's why it is not a matter of tight-lipped duty
or grudging compliance with someone else's demands.
Jesus himself says "My food is to do the will of him who sent me,"
and that's what is at the heart of real dedication.
This year has already seen a variety of Jubilee creations and projects.
But its most lasting memorial would be the rebirth
of an energetic, generous spirit of dedication
to the common good and the public service,
the rebirth of a recognition that we live less than human lives
if we think just of our own individual good.
Listen again for a moment to St Paul.
"We have gifts that differ according to the grace given us -
"the giver, in generosity, the leader, in diligence,
"the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
"Outdo one another in showing honour, extend hospitality to strangers.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
"Live in harmony with one another.
"Take thought for what is noble in the sight of all."
Dedication to the health and wellbeing of a community
is all this and more. May we be given the grace to rediscover this
as we give thanks today for Her Majesty's 60 years
of utterly demanding yet deeply joyful service.
# O thou the central orb of righteous love
# Pure beam of the most high eternal light
# Of this our wintry world Thy radiance bright
# Awakes new joy in faith Hope soars above
# Come, quickly come And let thy glory shine
# Come, quickly come And let thy glory shine
# Gilding our darksome heaven with rays divine
# Thy saints with holy lustre round thee move
# As stars about thy throne Set in the height
# Of God's ordaining counsel as thy sight
# Gives measured grace to each thy power to prove
# Let thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin
# Our nature all shall feel eternal day
# In fellowship with thee Transforming day
# To souls erewhile unclean Now pure within
# Amen. #
Let us give thanks for the lifelong service of Her Majesty
Let us give thanks for the lifelong service of Her Majesty
as Monarch of this Nation and Realms,
as Head of the Commonwealth,
as Defender of the Faith and as a servant of the people.
We pray that God will continue to bless and guide her
and that she may continue to find love, joy and peace
in her life and in her duties.
Lord, in your mercy.
ALL: Hear our prayer.
O God, who providest for thy people by thy power,
and rulest over them in love,
vouchsafe so to bless thy Servant our Queen,
that under her this nation may be wisely governed,
and thy Church may serve thee in all godly quietness,
and grant that she being devoted to thee with her whole heart,
and persevering in good works unto the end,
may, by thy guidance, come to thine everlasting kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us also give thanks for the rich inheritance
of custom and values which we find in this United Kingdom
and throughout the Realms and Commonwealth.
We pray that we may grow closer together
in our partnerships of government, business, and civil society.
Lord, in your mercy.
ALL: Hear our prayer.
Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings,
with thy most gracious favour and further us with thy continual help,
that in all our works begun, continued and ended in thee,
we may glorify thy holy name and finally, by thy mercy,
obtain everlasting life - for thy name's sake we ask it.
Let us give thanks for the witness of the Christian Church,
and of communities of faith throughout the world, as we grow
in respect for the traditions and wisdom of our brothers and sisters.
We pray that God will bless our common witness,
that as we share together in faith and service,
we may be a powerful symbol of faith, hope and love under God.
Lord, in your mercy.
ALL: Hear our prayer.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest -
to give, and not to count the cost,
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labour, and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will;
now and for ever.
Let us give thanks for the members of the Royal Family,
for their service to this country,
as well as for the support they give to Her Majesty.
We pray that God will bless all that they do
to support and encourage public and voluntary service
through their work with Institutions of the State,
charities and other organisations,
that together we may honour one another, and seek the common good.
Lord, in your mercy.
ALL: Hear our prayer.
Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,
we humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh,
Charles Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family:
endue them with thy Holy Spirit;
enrich them with thy heavenly grace;
prosper them with all happiness;
and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom, for Jesus Christ's sake.
As we give thanks for Her Majesty's reign of 60 years and the example
of a life symbolised by duty and sustained by faith,
so we thank God for the blessings we have received at his hand
and for that grace which he has bestowed on us in the Beloved.
ALL: Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all men.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life,
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,
and that we shew forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost
be all honour and glory, world without end.
God grant to the living, grace,
to the departed, rest,
to the Church, The Queen, the Commonwealth and all humankind,
peace and concord,
and to us his servants, life everlasting.
# O Praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height
# Rejoice in his word Ye angels of light
# Ye heavens adore him By whom ye were made
# And worship before him In brightness arrayed
# O praise ye the Lord! Praise him upon earth
# In tuneful accord Ye sons of new birth
# Praise him who has brought you His grace from above
# Praise him who has taught you To sing of his love
# O praise ye the Lord! All things that give sound
# Each jubilant chord Re-echo around
# Loud organs, his glory Forth tell in deep tone
# And sweet harp, the story Of what he has done
# O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
# To him be outpoured All ages along
# For love in creation For heaven restored
# For grace of salvation O praise ye the Lord!
# Amen. #
We'll now hear
We'll now hear the choristers of the Diamond Royal in St Paul's
# Lord of wisdom # Lord of justice
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# I am here God of time and eternity, whose Son
the Realms and Territories with Elizabeth,
our beloved and glorious Queen. In this year of Jubilee,
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God,
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,
and those of the Commonwealth, now and all the days of her life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Bishop of
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The Bishop of London, the Right # Whence the healing stream
# Be thou still my strength # Be thou still my strength
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# Death of death Go forth into the world in peace,
strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak,
help the afflicted, honour everyone,
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be amongst you and remain with you always.
# God save our gracious Queen
# Long live our noble Queen
# God save The Queen!
# Send her victorious Happy and glorious
# Long to reign over us God save The Queen!
# Thy choicest gifts in store
# On her be pleased to pour
# Long may she reign
# May she defend our laws And ever give us cause
# To sing with heart and voice
# God save The Queen! #
The music by
The music by wallet watt played by the cathedral's organist Simon
Johnson on this magnificent instrument brings this Service of
Thanksgiving to an end. They move away from the high altar
of St Paul's towards the Great West Door.
Through the choir - the 41 children of the Diamond, sang the music of
William Todd with words from Michael Happenel drawn from that
lesson of Proverbs we had from the Old Testament that opened the
Service. The Archbishop of Canterbury, who preached about
The procession posing for a moment to bow in respect to the Queen,
standing today without the Duke of Edinburgh of course, who is in
hospital, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, who will accompany her
for the rest of the day in the Duke's place.
The great pearl sword of the City of London borne by the Lord Mayor.
Part of this magnificent array moving now through the grand arches
of the cathedral. It has been a service intended to catch the
public side of this occasion. The Archbishop talking in his sermon
about that theme of common humanity, public service and dedication, but
also a service that's exhibited something of the intimacy that is
so intwined in these Jubilee celebration days and was obvious on
the river on Sunday and the crowds around Buckingham Palace in the
concert last night, and in every aspect of this celebration which
has brought people on to the rather cold and sometimes wet streets of
London in celebration. An intimacy natural for a Sovereign whose
public deeds have been so embedded in the life of the nation and in
Second only the second Diamond Jubilee. This, a magnificent
occasion, in the precinct laid out by Christopher Wren. In a building
which has stood as a beacon in the City of London for all that time.
Even for Londoners, it can catch the breath when you catch a glimpse
of it, or see it looming from some unexpected point of view. Who can
think of London without St Paul's on the skyline? Even as it has been
encroached upon by taller, glass buildings, it has retained its
dignity and its power to thrill. The Queen herself follows the
procession of clergy towards the Great West Door, outside which she
will find a very happy crowd, waiting to greet her. After that
she will move on to Mansion House in the City, not far away. Other
members of the royal family will go to the Guildhall, just a little bit
further on. The Prince of Wales I think will accompany the Queen in
the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh. And then she will go on
to the Palace of Westminster, where the City livery companies have laid
on a magnificent lunch. From there, the carriage procession will take
her down the Mall back to Buckingham Palace, where, weather
permitting, there will be a balcony appearance, the tradition of such
occasions, and a fly-past. But now, the colours, the music, the
ceremonial and the grander of this magnificent cathedral bring the
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service to a close, as the bells The new Dean of St Paul's
accompanying the Queen. She acknowledges the crowd. The car is
ready, and it is a very short journey now for Her Majesty, from
St Paul's Cathedral to the Mansion House for a relatively brief
reception there with senior members of the City of London Corporation.
And then after that, there will be a formal lunch at Westminster Hall.
The Queen and her Lady-in-Waiting, ready for this short journey,
having heard the Archbishop of Canterbury, just months away from
his retirement from that post, giving a strong and direct message,
relating the Diamond Jubilee to the Queen's lifelong service and to the
lives of millions of others, and asking them to reflect on their own
lives, and whether they can understand and maybe commit
themselves to a greater degree of public service. The Prince of Wales
and the Duchess of Cornwall leaving St Paul's, and they will be
attending a separate Reception at Guildhall. The Queen was
accompanied at St Paul's by the Lord Mayor of London, bearing a
great pearl sword which is a symbol of his authority. The relationship
between the City of London and the sovereign has not always been a
smooth one. Simon Schama is still with me, and Simon, the fact that
the Queen is going to lunch in the City of London tells us a little
bit about the state of that relationship... It does. One thing
we have had from this wonderful morning has been expensive
reference to the Commonwealth. One must never forget how extraordinary
it is that the problems of empire merged into a genuine affection for
the Commonwealth. And then we have the Square Mile of the City, which
is rightly, indomitably proud of its traditions. The City government
goes back to the early Middle Ages, it predates Parliament. So, it is
part of the magic of our constitutional arrangements that
the sovereign is prepared to accept the sense of integrity and
dependence that the City has, even at the most ceremonial level. --
independence. It was many centuries ago that the sovereign allowed the
City to elect a honour. So, for the sovereign to be clever enough and
subtle enough to do that was an indication of how attentive the
sovereign was. It is a reciprocal relationship of delicate
attentiveness, I would describe it that way! Well, that attentiveness
is still in evidence today, because we have seen the Lord Mayor of
London with the Queen. In fact, this reception at Mansion House
takes place at the official residence of the Lord Mayor. Some
250 people will be there, members of the City of London Corporation
and their partners and guests. There will be a much bigger
Reception at Guildhall, which is not to far away, one of the most
historic buildings within the City of London, and that is being
attended by other members of the royal family. But as I say, the
Queen will not be lunching at Mansion House, she will be lunching
at the Palace of Westminster a little later on. Plenty of
entertainment laid on as well at Mansion House today. We will see
the Commonwealth Anthem performed by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra
and Choir, too. They will be performing specially composed
pieces for this occasion. A very, very modest pace, as befits the day,
Simon. Of course, people want a good look at the Queen. I mentioned
before the absence of carriages. On previous occasions, the carriage
allowed people to have a very good view of the monarch, but this is
rather different. Yes, we hope that the weather will allow the carriage
later. It is very important. I think what we have seen over this
whole weekend has been an enormous outpouring of affection. Because
the country is going through such tough times, we live in a culture
where money and celebrity and power are everything, and there is
something wonderfully simple and innocent, and people respect that
in the Queen enormously. The Lord Mayor of the City of London and his
wife greet the Queen. Around the door, the Musketeers of the
Honourable Artillery Company. The crowd seeing an impromptu version
of God Save The Queen. So, that's the arrival at Mansion House. That
reception should take up to an hour, maybe a little less. And these are
the arrivals at Guildhall, a much bigger reception, for most of the
congregation which was at St Paul's Cathedral, up to 2000 people. Most
of the members of the royal family will be here, too. We are looking
here at the modern part, as Prince Harry emerges, the modern part of
Guildhall. The ancient part goes back to the 15th century, and it is
one of the most impressive buildings in London. Yes, and there
is a great deal of panelling, a tremendous amount of civic heraldry.
Part of the art of doing this in our wonderfully peculiar way is
that commoners, really, got to enjoy the sense of self-importance,
with a little bit of heraldry. There is one officer in the
corporation who glories in the title of Chief, there. It sounds
like an oxymoron! And of course today, they are still with us in
the sense that we have the Court of Common Council, which is all to do
with the ranks of authority in the City. The Reception at Guildhall
itself will also be attended a little later on by the Lord Mayor
of the City of London, once the The Prince of Wales, who delivered
a very effective, moving and witty speech last night at the concert.
It was a moving tribute, and of course it mentioned the fact that
his father was in hospital, unable to attend. I thought the Queen
missed Prince Philip a lot during the service. We will have more from
you later on, because there is more to come. Now, the Queen, as we said,
at Mansion House, enjoying the reception hosted by the Lord Mayor
of London and the City of London Corporation. We are expecting the
Queen to leave there at around 12:30pm. And then we will be going
along to the Palace of Westminster. Here we are. One of the most
magnificent sites anywhere in the country, the great medieval roof of
Westminster Hall. 1,000 years of history contained within these
great walls. It is a splendid space, and of course, Simon, it really has
seen some of the biggest events in The hammerbeam ceiling was done I
believe in the reign of Richard II who had a troubled time. Charles I
was tried in Westminster Hall, but it's also of course been the place
of the lying in state of the Queen's father and her mother, as
well, so it's had this magnificent balance, really, between conflict
and respect. Well, it's a much more cheerful theme we're talking about
in the sense that it's youth. That's the theme of the lunch today
in Westminster Hall despite the fact, as you say, as it has seen
happy and sad events over the years. We'll have the National Youth
Orchestra as well. That's there, and they'll be performing a little
later on. Black Rod, who we saw earlier, is one of the governor's
of the orchestra. They'll be performing for the Queen a little
later. The hall, itself, by the way, is laid out in a way you don't see
very often because there are some 700 people having lunch there -
lots of those invited to lunch today have some great stories to
share about their lives, about their work, why they were picked to
be there today, so we picked our own three of them as examples for
you just to explain a little more about what's going on.
I didn't quite believe that it was lunch with the Queen. I thought it
was a lunch with the company of gardeners. It's really exciting to
be going to have lunch with the Queen. I couldn't describe how I
felt when I opened the invite - over the moon, I think. I work at a
plantation which is a woodland garden which is organically managed.
It's a beautiful setting. It's a wonder to work in such a nice place.
To keep it maintained to a good standard is my pleasure. I have
worked here at the hospice for 19 years. When you're approaching the
end of life, dying is a frightening process, and it's a lonely process,
so partly things like explaining to people what's happening, what
they're going to notice is a very important and very rewarding part
of the work, really. The fact that I work here and live
here - it's my home. I'm the second generation, and there will
hopefully be a third, when me and my younger brother as well intends
to carry on the dairy farm. I did get ill six years ago, which
resulted in me losing my legs. After Stensive sessions of
physiotherapy basically started walking in the outside environments
- in the Royal parks, Regent's Park. I thought, that's a nice
environment to work in. Maybe I'll pursue a career in horticulture.
Dad was happy for me. Every day he keeps reminding me saying, "You
don't realise how lucky you are." Mum was as chuffed as he was,
really, bouncing off the roof. really excited about going, and
it's just unbelievable that I have been invited to such a historic
occasion. It's just unbelievable. It's something I'll be able to tell
my grandkids, my kids in years to come. It's an opportunity of a
lifetime and something I'll never, ever get the chance to do again, so
I'm very much looking forward to it. I was thrilled to be invited. It's
a real privilege, this is sort of the chance of a lifetime, and I'm
just amazed and humbled to be going, really, to take part in the
You have come down from the farm in Cumbria. This is only your second
time in London, is that right? That's right. What did you make of
it all? It's mental - all the people about. It's buzzing. There's
many places I have seen in my life - bunting everywhere. Everyone's
excited, getting in the spirit of things. Just here for this lunch
today - it's an exciting day. You're going to be sitting at the
table with the Duke of Edinburgh, who, unfortunately, can't be here
today, but at the table opposite you, the Queen will be sitting.
that right? I didn't know that. Yeah, it's a bit of a shame, really.
I was looking forward to meeting the Duke of Edinburgh, but
obviously has to put his health first. Of course. I wish him all
the best. I am still looking forward to it nevertheless. Ergen
Ahmed, when you received the invitation, you didn't realise at
first how grand an occasion it was going to be. No, I thought it was
going to be a lunch with the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
They say you're going to be sitting at a table with Prince Harry.
it's very exciting news. You're hoping to have a chat with him?
I'm sure. How do you feel being in this wonderful hall? It's a great
atmosphere, isn't it? It's fantastic. Yeah, I can't believe I
am here. I am absolutely ecstatic to be here. It's actually
unbelievable! And Maggie, you were one of the select few - or the
three of you are - who have been invited here today. Do you know why
you were chosen? It's a huge privilege to be chosen - the
Worshipful Company of Barbers are very much linked with the hospice
where I worked, and they wanted a representative of the hospice, so I
am humbled and privileged to have been invited. Looking forward to
it? Very much so. It's a wonderful setting and a great celebration of
the Queen and all her commitment and service to the country. It's
fabulous. You haven't got long to wait because in a reasonably short
time the Queen and the Royal Family will be coming in here. Enjoy your
lunch - I am sure you will - in this wonderful hall.
In that hall we'll have the National Children's Orchestra of
Great Britain performing. We're all looking forward to that. It seems a
good moment to pause and just remind ourselves that over the past
60 years the Queen has visited as many as 116 countries, meeting many
thousands of people along the way. She's also travelled tens of
thousands of miles here within the UK meeting people in just about
every corner of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, many
of those she's met over the years have some very interesting stories
The reason I like to photograph the Royal Family was I loved one side -
the pomp and ceremony and the colour, the formality of it, the
history, but on the other side, the offduty, the human side. The
photographs you're most keen on are the ones that capture her sense of
humour because she has a face that lights up when she laughs. One of
the unwritten rules about photographing the Royal Family is
you don't photograph them eating and drinking. It was just a
temptation too much for me when I saw the Queen standing there with a
cup of team I thought, that's it - I am off to the Tower of London now,
taking a picture of her with her tea. The role of the chairman is to
greet the Queen at the door when she arrives and basically look
after her during the course of the meeting, which is an honour and a
privilege. No matter how many times you do it, you still get that
feeling of excitement just before she arrives. It is a wonderful
occasion, and three of the members take tea with Her Majesty, and she
does actually pour the tea. I think it's wonderful that Her Majesty has
reached 60 years on the throne, and long may she reign. Just some of
the voices there - people who have met the Queen over the years. We'll
have more as the day progresses, some with some very, very
interesting stories to tell. That service at St Paul's was notable
for lots of things, especially the Diamond Choir. Earlier we heard
about their journey to be selected to sing for the Queen. Let's find
out what that experience was like for them. Sophie Raworth is there
for us. Weren't they amazing? I am here with three members of the
choir as well as the composer Will Todd. You were all absolutely
wonderful. You're ten. You're 11. You're 12. What was it like? Just
pure joy. I wasn't feeling nervous, just singing my heart out.
Brendan, you had to write 50 words about why you wanted to sing today.
What did you say? I said it's the best gift that I can offer the
Queen for her Diamond Jubilee and I said it's going to be a once-in-a-
lifetime opportunity, and it's just going to be amazing. Describe what
it was like when you were out there singing. Well, it was just amazing.
There is nothing else I can say. It felt like a dream. It felt as if it
just wasn't happening because it's so rare and amazing for it to
happen. Part of history you're making. Yeah. And Katie as well - I
mean, you're rather sad it's all over, aren't you? Oh, yeah. It's
once in a lifetime. We're going to remember this for the rest of our
lives - you know, our children and our children's children. It's going
to be amazing. All of my friends are watching. Congratulations to
all of you. You were beautiful. I think you moved a lot of people
here, and Will Todd, what was that like for you? You must be so proud
of them. I am extremely proud of these young people because they
have come together just in a couple of days to rehearse together, and
they have drawn together as a group, and they have conquered all of
their nerves and fears. I think they looked magnificent and sounded
fabulous. I think they certainly moved a lot of people inside St
Paul's trade. Thank you very much. Back to you.
They should be proud because they sung beautifully - the Diamond
Choir there with just three of the members - three of the young
members chatting to Sophie. They're rightly proud of what they have
achieved. I think I should remind you of what we're going to see in
the next couple of hours. We have seen a lot already. This is our map
of what is going to go on. We mention Mansion House because the
Queen is there already at the reception. After, she'll be making
her way back past St Paul's where, the service took place, along Fleet
Street, then back along The Strand, past Aldwich, past Somerset house,
Charing Cross, then this time down Whitehall, Downing Street,
Parliament Square, into the Sovereign's entrance of the Houses
of Parliament because the service takes place at the Palace of
Westminster. So the Queen will also be accompanied by the Duke and
Duchess of Wales, Prince William and a Harry. The Royal Wedding was
principally seen as projecting a new, youthful image and profile to
the world. Leading the charm offensive are Princes William and
Harry and Catherine too, and so far, commentators say, it's all going
according to plan. It couldn't have been a more
successful 12 months for the Royal Family. The emergence of the young
woils, Prince William and his new wife and Prince Harry coming more
and more to the fore- we're really seeing a reins vigouration of the
brand. They're the future of the monarchy. They have a vitality.
They have a youth. They have a glamour about them that is making
people come behind the Royal Family in way they hadn't before. I was
with Harry in the Caribbean. It really was extraordinary to see the
reaction he had everywhere he went. One day in Jamaica he was meant to
meet Usain Bolt. He didn't just meet him but raced him, then he
goes for a meeting with the Prime Minister. He ends up hugging her.
The crowds literally went crazy for him. Prince William sees his
military service and career as incredibly important. In fact, it
comes before his Royal duties. The Duchess of Cambridge took on her
duties in January, culminating in a speech. You have all made me feel
so welcome, and I feel hugely honoured to be here to see this
wonderful centre. I think she did incredibly well. She was really
nervous, but determined to give a good performance and didn't put a
foot wrong. I know for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge their tour of
Canada was their favourite part, but for me it was interesting to
see them in Los Angeles on this bit of the tour they tagged on on the
end. You saw top A listers. This was shortly after the wedding.
Already the two had confirmed themselves as the biggest stars in
the world. Since then the story has only got bigger. I think the secret
to their success is they decide what they're going to do and how
they're going to do it. This small team around them only actually
advise them. They call all the shots. The Princes - they know
their own minds. They know what they will and won't do. They bring
people's enthusiasm with them behind their charities.
There is no doubt these three young Royals have modernised the monarchy.
That's not just because it's the next generation. They're funky,
authentic and young. I think everyone in the Palace is thrilled
for them, and the world is lapping it up.
Watching that with me is Katie Nicholl. Thanks for joining us once
again. As Royal Editor of the Mail on Sunday, you're following these
young Royals in detail and their every move. How do you assess the
last year for them? It was Prince William who a little while ago
spoke about modernising the Royal Family. He said it was a difficult
world to use in the context of the Royal Family. It is because part of
the charm of the Royal Family is that it's steeped in antiquity and
heritage. But I think we're seeing them moving the Royal Family
forward, embracing a new era and the tours they're taking on -
they're the next generation of ambassadors for Her Majesty, the
Queen. The Queen needs substitutes. She cannot be the only one doing
this. Of course Charles and Camilla are active. They take on a lot of
engagements, but the Queen takes on 400 engagements a year. She needs
to now start passing these on. She has a perfect trio lined up, the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You saw that wonderful Canada tour just
weeks after the Royal wedding. Nobody knew how particularly the
Duchess would perform. She was a star. It was as if she was born to
do it. Together, they're a formidable couple. And Prince Harry
we have just seen come back from Belize, the Bahamas, his first tour
on behalf of the Queen. What a success. One thought is, as William
is doing such a proper job as a helicopter rescue pilot - Harry too
- how do they combine that with their role as Royals? So far, so
good. Prince William is a search- and-rescue point. Prince Harry is
about to be deployed sometime next year. The question is what next?
The Duke of Cambridge is coming to a point where he's going to have to
make a decision by the end of this year whether he's going to stay in
the RAF, move into the Army or come out and take on full-time Royal
working duties. It's a decision he hasn't made yet, but will be
interesting to watch. Thank you very much. We asked earlier on for
you to e-mail us pictures and images and tell us what you're
doing, which is great, because you have been doing just that. Let me
remind you of the address, of You can send them in on to I am
told I have got a few to show you already. This one comes from Camp
Bastion, in Afghanistan, where thousands of British forces are
serving. They were very keen to send us this image, telling us that
they are celebrating the Jubilee, and sending their own
congratulations to the Queen. This one is a group of scientists on
board the ship the James Cook in the North Atlantic. They were keen
to show us that they are having a good time. And another one we have
just received, this one is actually from Japan, deep England and his
family, they have been celebrating the Jubilee. The lunch which is
taking place at the Palace of Westminster is being organised by
the livery companies of the City of London. They have a long tradition
of doing charitable work, and Fiona Bruce is there to speak to one of
the main people. You are the Master Mercer. Just tell us all about
livery companies. They were the original guilds, established in the
12th century, it was informal associations, members of the same
craft coming together, they would help each other, they would pay for
funerals, they would help each other out. But now, it is mainly
charity work? Yes, charities is basically what the company's do now.
Some have still got a trade link, however. You have just had a
briefing with Black Rod, so tell us all about it. Some of it was about
how to greet the Queen. It is very much your Majesty, and after that,
it is ma'am, as in Spam. It is not the pronunciation you might expect.
And you're sitting next to her? I hope she turns in my direction.
It is a great honour. And it is a great honour to be here. For the
livery companies, it enables us to showcase what we do, and all the
organisations we support. Enjoy it very much. Have a wonderful lunch.
That was the Master Mercer, and the Mercers, the number one livery
company, we will talk a bit more about them later on. Talking about
excitement, Fearne is over in St James's Park, with Jake. Yes, we
are having our Jubilee tea-party here. The Archbishop of Canterbury
was talking in St Paul's, and you could have heard a pin drop here.
We are having a lovely time, and we have got an array of diamond guests
joining us today. The first one is indeed a gem, Angela Griffin. The
Queen is about to settle down to her lunch, and you hosted your own
on Sunday - how did it go? I did, I had a big Jubilee lunch on my
street. I am an ambassador, but it was absolutely brilliant. It rained
all day, but it did not dampen our spirits. There is a misconception
that it is going to take loads of organisation, but we just said on
the invitations, bring your table, bring your chairs and your food,
and we will all convene at 11 o'clock and have a party. We asked
everybody to bring some maquiss for the rain. But actually it was quite
easy to organise. That's the way to have a party, let everybody else do
have a party, let everybody else do all the hard work. I love these
photos. Is this your husband getting caught out on camera?
and also my best friend is on that picture. There was so much food.
She brought loads of stuff down. We had baked everything, everything!
There was a party, even bigger than yours, on Sunday, at Piccadilly.
There were more than 2,500 sittings, including the Duchess of Cornwall,
who is a patron of the Big Jubilee Lunch. She was quoted as saying,
you cannot beat a sausage roll. Jubilee lunch was all about
bringing people together, as we have seen. And it will be happening
every year as well, so you can join in next year if you did not do so
this year. Now, as we have heard, we all love to have a street party.
There have been about 9,500 street parties up and down the country. Of
course, the Commonwealth has been getting involved as well, lighting
beacons and having street parties. Let's have a round-up of all the
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Just a quick flavour of some of the events of the past couple of days,
as people have joined in all the celebrations. It will not be long
before we see one of the prime features of these possessions on
days like this, because the Household Cavalry will be ready to
provide the Sovereign's Escort for the Queen when she returns from the
Palace of Westminster back to the Palace here. That is all to come.
Of course, they are doing the final preparations for that Sovereign's
Escort, and Clare Balding is at the Hyde Park Barracks now. What is
going on? Right at the front of the procession, you will see the
magnificent drum horses. This is Achilles, known as Rodney. He has
been beautifully groomed. Look at that, for attention to detail, his
moustache has been waxed. For all the soldiers who live and work here
at the barracks, it is a huge day. But for many of them, they never
came near a horse until they joined the Household Cavalry. So, this is
what it takes to become part of one of the oldest and most prestigious
regiments in the army. The Queen's ceremonial bodyguard riding down
the Mall is one of the capital's proudest traditions. But what does
it take to join the Mounted Regiment of the Household Cavalry?
The journey begins at these barracks in Windsor. The training
is intense, with 5am starts six days a week. The physical side is
relentless. It is really hard, physical work all day. The grooming,
the drill. One minute you're in the deserts of Afghanistan Fund
fighting, and now, I am scooping out horse muck at 6 o'clock in the
morning. Afghanistan is really hard. This is more of the physically hard
job. Afghanistan is mentally challenging. Just come back from
Afghanistan, going straight to horses, it is a massive transition.
It is a massive difference, but it is something I have to do, it is
part of my job, so I just need to crack on and do it. I had never
been near a horse before I came here. But obviously they are
lovable creatures. I needed to break the ice with the horse. But
apart from a donkey in Blackpool, no, never. This is a fast track
course. They will go from novice to accomplished rider in just 14 weeks.
Once they have completed their walk, trot and canter, they haven't even
more challenging test. Today, we have got jumping for the first time,
so it should be rather exciting. She is a big horse. First time
jumping, so I am just a bit nervous. You look absolutely terrified! Go
on, then. You have to push them as hard as you can, without causing
any injuries or anything like that. It will build their confidence
eventually. A lot of the time, if people fall off, they can be a bit
shaken. We check they are not injured, then it is straight back
on top, and off to do the exercise again. For! That's it, well done.
Relax! Hands forward! What are you doing? Think about what you're
doing, don't just sit there. They then move on to the hardest part of
the course, the kit ride, where they learn to clean and polish the
full ceremonial uniform. It takes about four hours to do all of mic.
It is quite a long process. I have not had much sleep! Being
immaculately turned-out is just part of it. There is still the
small matter of learning all of the manoeuvres, in heavy uniform.
That's it, no more than that! have two weeks before their
training is completed. Will they have what it takes to become the
Queen's own personal bodyguard on this her Diamond Jubilee?
Well, let's speak to a few of the men who you saw in the film. They
are now fully kitted out, looking incredibly smart. Why did you
choose to join the Household Cavalry? I had done military
training in the past, but I came to the Household Cavalry, I have done
the trooping of the colour, it is awesome. The diverse nature of the
job, that is why I joined. I know that you were injured during the
course - are you all right now? I am fine now. I had a bit of a
haematoma to my left leg, there was quite a bit of swelling. But I have
managed to catch up, and Dida now getting to ride in the Jubilee,
which is fantastic. You were badly injured in Afghanistan. I actually
came out of it all right. I was involved with an IED, and we had a
serious casualty in the back, but the rest of us, we carried on.
Obviously, you do not get shot at doing this, but you get a massive
sense of pride, supporting the Queen. We are also doing it for our
comrades in Afghanistan as well. And a new horse, a new relationship
to be formed... Yes, he is pretty young horse, only four years old,
quite spicy. It is my first season, I am quite looking forward to it.
little bit nervous? Quite a bit nervous, just in case something
spooks the horse. The crowds will be cheering you. Good luck. One
thing I never knew until today was that the Household Cavalry
affectionately referred to the She is my grandmother, then she's
the Queen, so you kind of have that delicate relationship the whole
time. Trying to not get in the way also of some engagements or events
that are going on, then realising when I got a stiff hit around the
back of the time it was probably time to behave. She does have a
wicked sense of humour, though, doesn't she? Yeah, both of them do,
but definitely she loves to laugh. When she's relaxed amongst family,
that's when the true laughter comes out. She enjoys having the family
around. She enjoys, I guess, having the sense of normality that brings.
She very much leaves the family to go off and find their own way. If
you get it wrong, stand by! You'll be put back in your place, which
quite rightly so. I couldn't imagine at 25 myself the
responsibility that she had been taking on - it just shows how
strong she is. In a very probably male-dominated age where it must
have been extremely daunting to be put in that position - it must have
been incredible to have that burden that responsibility placed on you.
To sort of give up her life in service - it leaves you speechless
to think about how much she's achieved. And I think the support
of grandpa as well can't be underestimated. I think he's been a
rock for her publicly and privately. My grandfather seems to be doing
his own thing - wandering off like a fish down the river - the fact
that he's there - I personally don't think she could do it without
him, especially when they're both at this age. Whenever granny walks
into a room, everyone stands up, stops and watches her because
obviously it's huge when she walks into a room. I find that incredible.
I kind of go, oh! Her ability to strike up conversations just like
that with anybody is remarkable. It's something I am desperately
trying to learn off her as much as possible because obviously you can
imagine when you get to a big group of people and draw them into a
conversation, it can be very hard. But she just does it so seamlessly.
She's a proper professional at her trade, and you have some young up-
start like me trying to do it his way - it's always important now and
again to look at how it's really done.
Any time the National Anthem is struck up, I always used to just
sing it, as you do. But then since joining the Army, I would get
massive goose bumps that connection she's my grandmother and also being
in the Army, at times like that when you're singing that, it really
hits me and you think, wow. Maybe it means more to me than I actually
give off. 60 years on the throne - it's fantastic, and I think she's
brought life, energy, passion to the job. She's managed to modernise
and evolve the monarchy like no other, and it just shows the
strength of women at the top. I think it's fantastic, and she's
done a - she's really set the bar very, very high.
APPLAUSE Setting the bar very high, and with
me is the distinguished historian Sir David Cannadine. It's good to
be here, a day not to miss. Not to miss that phrase again, modernising
the monarchy, which came up again and the Duke of Cambridge
mentioning what the Queen has done is to modernise it in a way that
was maybe unimaginable 20 years ago. I think that's right. When the
Queen, as it were, took on the job in 1952, it was still in many ways
a Victorian institution. She was of course very young. There was hope
things would change, and I think she and Prince Philip themselves
began to modernise the monarchy for their own time in their own
generation, and as now as we move on one or two more generations it
is happening again. Modernising is in a curious way a activity for the
monarchy. It's always changing and in other ways it's always staying
the same. Two things I wanted to talk to you in detail about - first
of all, it's the remarkable duration of the reign, 60 years,
and the fact that in itself is a very special thing. There is a
second issue about how British society has changed in that time.
Let's hold on to that thought in a second and talk about the rain and
just underline for us of what we're seeing this weekend - this extended
weekend. To have been head of state for 60 years is kind of
extraordinary, and it's so extraordinary that we don't tend to
think it is that she's always been around for most of our lives. Only
Queen Victoria has notched up 60 years, and when you think the Queen
became Queen Hitler had only been dead seven years. Stalin was in the
Kremlin, and President Truman was about to be replaced by Eisenhower.
That's a long way from Angela Merkel and Barack Obama. It's an
extraordinary span of human experience and history to have
encompassed. There are six bands performing for us today. They're
making their way towards Parliament Square. If we have a closer look at
the buttons - this is the button test coming up on the bands because
this is how we tell which regiment closer - shall I have a guess?
Shall I say it's the Band of the Grenadier Guards? If I see the
buttons, I'll be able to tell you. Anyway, there are six bands.
They'll include that band, the Coldstream Guards, the RAF, the
Scots Guards and Royal Marines Band and back at Buckingham Palace, the
Irish Guards too. All of them entertaining the crowds for the
next hour or so, and then later on, of course, accompanying the
processions as they come back towards Buckingham Palace.
Very happy to say that's the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
Marines Band, just leaving Buckingham Palace and making their
way up to the Mall as well towards their performance place, which is
today Derby Gate, which is just beyond Whitehall, so they'll be
performing for the crowds at Derby Gate. Grenadier Guards will be
making their way to Marlboro Road, so hopefully we'll be catching up
with the Scots Guards and the Cold stream -- Coldstream Guards too.
They'll be busy today - the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery,
because they'll be firing a special gun salute on Horse Guards' Parade.
That shall be during the carriage procession this afternoon when the
Queen and other members of the Royal Family will be along their
way along Whitehall up to Trafalgar Square and along the Mall, but the
gun salute will be fired then. All of these images, David, really,
telling us about tradition and continuity. It's worth noting as
well while we talk about that tradition we really are marking 60
years of pretty dramatic and revolutionary changes as well in
British society. We think tradition matters lot, and we associate
tradition with the Royal Family, but as we were saying earlier, it's
the balance between continuity and change which has been significant
throughout the history of the monarchy. If we think of the
traditions of Royal ceremony we take for granted - many of them are
inventions of the late 19th century at the time of the Diamond Jubilee
of Queen Victoria, and by the same token, in one sense the Queen has
provided enormous continuity across 60 years. In other ways, lots of
things have changed. If we think when she became Queen, the British
Empire was very much in existence. Britain had an Royal Navy. It was
still a great industrial power. Most of that's gone in the course
of her reign. In that sense, she's been a kind of recessional Queen.
She's declined, and I think the ordinal management of decline has
been more orderly and better managed because she's been there.
That empire has translated, as you say, into a Commonwealth, so in
that sense, the global reach is still there. Yes, it's a global
reach that's changed its mode of the British Empire of Queen
Victoria was about power, about dominion over Parliament Pine. The
Queen is central to that. She's the focus of the sentiment, and she's
the symbol of the voluntary association, but it still means
that, in a way that's not true of any other Sovereign, she's a global
monarch. That's unique to our British monarch compared to any
other. This is Trafalgar Square. We have the clock counting down to the
next big event happening in the UK, the 2012 Olympics. Trafalgar Square
pretty full today, as you would expect, and people joining in. I am
just interested in this moment in photograph algar square because
it's one of those relatively squa scarce big piazzas in London. There
aren't many those. There aren't many of those. This is where people
get together when they want to get together in public in large numbers.
Trafalgar Square is where people should go. It is a monument to Lord
Nelson and many other heroes. The only other place that is perhaps
comparable to that which we shall be seeing today is in front of
Buckingham Palace itself. Here is a view for you looking down towards
the south coast, I imagine, down thwarts Portsmouth. Yes, there is
Lord Nelson surveying the seen as he's done for the best part of 50
years atop that column and seen many historical events go by, of
which this is just the latest. There. That's a great sight. That's
Trafalgar Square. That's Trafalgar Square. You can see in the top
corner Canada House, the Portrait Gallery, reminding us of many
centuries of Britain that in a sense we're marking and celebrating
today. Let's travel two-and-a-half miles
to the east because the Queen is emerging from Mansion House. We're
going to listen to the Commonwealth Anthem by the Commonwealth Youth
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Orchestra and Choir. Commonwealth Anthem. Playing in the
choir, performers from India, Ghana, Jamaica, Sri Lanka and the UK. The
Queen pausing to listen to the anthem, which is composed for the
So the Queen is about to leave Mansion House, and then there is a
little journey down to the Palace of Westminster for lunch at the
Palace of Westminster itself, and David, it's worth marking at this
point there have been several significant moments for the Queen
at the Palace of Westminster. I am not talking about the state opening,
but Westminster Hall. That is such an important caldron, isn't it, as
the other Royals make their way towards Guildhall for the reception
itself. The Prince of Wales on his Monarch's Way with the Duchess of
Cornwall and Prince Harry too, as they make their way. A good moment
for us to reflect on this event today at Westminster Hall. We have
done the city with St Paul's and these receptions. We're now moving
to Westminster. There are two big connections between the monarchy
and Westminster. One is Westminster Abbey, where so many weddings have
occurred, most recently last year. That's incidentally a 20th century
invention. Royal weddings didn't occur there in previous sessions -
and go a long way back. There is other evidence of Westminster Hall
itself - again, in its current role, lying in state, and addresses to
the Queen on her Silver Jubilee, her Golden Jubilee and Diamond
Jubilee and the speeches she has made in reply, so the association
of the Queen at Westminster - the Queen in a sense in Parliament has
been very important on these three The Queen is ready to leave Mansion
House. That reception took just under an hour. The Pipemen And the
Musketeers still on duty outside. Leaving Mansion House, passing some
more modern buildings. The Royal Exchange. Some glorious buildings
in this part of the City of London, a real sense of its long history.
And then back towards St Paul's Cathedral. In effect, the Queen
will be retracing her steps along Fleet Street and along the Strand,
back down towards Trafalgar Square. I am tempted to ask you to compare
this with the scenes of 10 years ago, and also with 1977. It was a
very different country then. This is rather more understated,
actually. No formal grand carriages involved. What other contrast would
you draw? It is of course remarkable that we can draw these
contrasts at all. Victoria achieved the same reign, but she did not
celebrate all of the Jubilees because of the death of Albert. It
is interesting that the Diamond Jubilee, in some sense, has been
the most understated of the three that she has celebrated. We have
not yet had a splendid carriage procession, whereas we did in
earlier times. Precisely what that tells us I am not exactly sure. It
may just be saying that this is a more modern image of the monarchy
being projected, compared to earlier occasions. As the Queen
gets older, the image projected is in some ways more modern. In 1977,
a long time ago now, the Queen travelled in a carriage to St
Paul's Cathedral, and it was a much grander per session, before the
service itself. It was not any old carriage, either. -- procession. It
was a display which maybe today, as Prince Charles said last night,
with lots of people suffering in economic terms, may not be seen as
appropriate. That's right. In some senses, by comparison with those
earlier times, this event is rather understated. It is all relative.
This Bentley was given to the Queen on the occasion of the Golden
Jubilee 10 years ago. Some fantastic face painting going on
today. Somebody has been working really hard on that. The crowd is
slightly thinning out on the way down here, but I'm sure that when
we get down to Trafalgar Square, we will see more people, and certainly
by the time we get to the Mall this afternoon, there will be a very big
crowd, we can guarantee that. The Queen, accompanied by her Lady-in-
Waiting today. Making their way back to St Paul's. The bell ringers
of St Paul's still doing a fine job. The service ended an hour ago. But
they have committed to be ringing the bells for at least three hours
after the service. So much of this part of London, David, was badly
damaged, not just in the Great Fire, which saw a rebirth of this area,
but then of course in the Second World War, too. St Paul's stands as
a bold statement of defiance. But lots of this area has changed a
great deal. There are those marvellous photographs from the
Second World War of St Paul's holding up with much of London
around it apparently succumbing to a German bombs. There were those
spectacular visual images of it surrounded by smoke and destruction,
which remain to this day very powerful. The sense that St Paul's
is the place where Jubilees take place is particularly strong. Queen
Victoria's Golden Jubilee service was at Westminster Abbey, but since
then, they have all been at St Paul's, and today's is just the
latest in that sequence. I would like to talk about the familiarity
of the route. Earlier today, we showed an image of the young
Princess Elizabeth, as she then was, attending the Silver Jubilee of
George V, her grandfather. I think that was the first time we had had
a proper Silver Jubilee celebration, is that true? Yes, that was the
first Silver Jubilee ever celebrated in this country, because
Victoria, as we were saying earlier, did not celebrate hers. So, that
was 1935. This route from St Paul's is a very familiar one. And now we
have the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall,
making their way to the lunch at Westminster Hall. The Queen has
made this journey along this route many times, as you have just said,
Huw. What is interesting about your point about times of economic
anxiety, is that this is a pretty low-key affair. So, they are on
Whitehall. The band's are playing already, entertaining the crowds
and welcoming the members of the Royal Family as they make their way
down past Downing Street, past the many statues along Whitehall, and
past the Cenotaph itself. And now, you get a real sense that the
crowds are much stronger here. The Duchess of Cambridge there. They
will be arriving at the Palace of Westminster very shortly. As the
Queen passes Downing Street, we might remember that she has now
seen her 12th Prime Minister, in David Cameron, which is two more
than Queen Victoria managed in her whole reign. And who knows? David
Cameron may be by no means the last one. Yes, the fact file is quite
remarkable. I think it is six popes, at least six American presidents,
12 prime ministers, as you say. as a consequence of being around
for 60 years, she has seen virtually everybody off, and no
doubt there are still more to go. There was a nice moment at
Westminster Hall, when the addresses were given to the Queen,
on the parliamentary occasion, back in March, and there was a little
bit of a laugh in the audience when the Queen she said, she had had the
pleasure of "treating with" 12 prime ministers! She paused, I
think she was inviting us to reflect! And into the maze of
security measures at the Palace of Westminster. Now, the Queen making
her way along the Strand, I think, by now. Passing a Church which has
stood on that piece of land for almost 1,000 years. It is now the
It is one privilege of being monarch, of course, David, that you
can literally drive up the wrong side of the street. It would be
rather unfortunate, and indeed in conceivable, if that had not been
so. So, this is around the old witch. We were talking about the
replanning of this part of London, Edward VII wanting London to have
the kind of spaces which Paris and other cities had. The Aldwych Was
part of that. Yes, we tend to associate royals London with these
grand thoroughfares, but there, pacing relatively recent
developments. Londoners took pride in the middle of the 19th century
that there streets were narrow, crooked and in cemetery. The view
was that streets with Grant thoroughfares were likely to be the
home of absolute monarchies or authoritarian regimes. The feeling
was that London was the capital of free people. The creation of what
we now regard as imperial London was a creation of the 19th century.
We can go over to Sonali Shah. We have just been enjoying the Band of
the Royal Marines here. People here have been watching the service on a
big screen. But the priority for everybody here, including three
generations of this family from Kent, has been to see the Royal
Family. You were here for the Royal Wedding, won't she? Yes, it is an
amazing day, amazing atmosphere. You guys got a good view of the
Queen on her way to St Paul's Cathedral. Absolutely amazing, she
looked beautiful. Really lovely. What have you enjoyed most about
this morning? Prince Harry! Definitely the Queen for me. She is
one cool Granny, but not as cool as mine! Enjoy the rest of your day,
What do we think, David? Would the Queen settle for the title cool
Granny? She might do. We have heard a lot today about youth. We should
not forget that the Queen is the great matriarch of the tribe, and
has been since the death of her own mother in 2003. For those of us of
slightly more mature years, the Queen as a matriarch is a very
reassuring sight. Whether she is cool or not, I am not equipped to
Slow, steady progress, as the Queen makes her way to the Palace of
Westminster, for lunch with probably 700 people, if you include
all of the people from the City livery companies, and their guests,
to do with the charities associated with delivery companies. The theme
will be youth, there will be lots of young people at the lunch. And
the senior royals will be dotted around, hosting their own tables.
And there will be senior figures from delivery companies as well
sitting alongside the young people. -- from the livery companies. Just
coming to the Western end of Charing Cross. Coming towards
Charing Cross. Coming towards Martins in the Fields and the
National Gallery in the background and the great statue of Charles I
looking down Whitehall - the Queen makes her way down towards the
great Departments of State, the Foreign Office and the Treasury and,
of course, Number Ten Downing Street, the Ministry of Defence -
lining Whitehall all the way down just a couple of months ago
receiving the loyal address from the House of Commons and the House
of Lords. The Lords Speaker and the Speaker of the Commons delivered
their addresses in different ways. One of the features of that event
was the presentation of a new window - a new stained-glass window
to the Queen. That'll be installed in Westminster Hall itself. That
was paid for by Parliamentarians because their gift - their Diamond
Jubilee gift to the Queen. And we'll have a little more about that
window in a short while because it will be one of the prime features
in years to come of Westminster Parliament Square dominated by
statues of Churchill and Lloyd Queen goes down Whitehall that only
a hundred years ago the ultimate responsibility for governing the
surface of the globe was exercised in those few buildings past which
the Queen has just driven, and it's a remarkable phase in human history
across that intervening hundred years all of those nations have
become independent. Whitehall, of course, dominated by the Cenotaph
at this end and the Women at War Memorial just north of that, and
now past the Cenotaph and almost building of MPs' offices, past
Westminster Hall, the statue of Cromwell, past St Stephen's
entrance and down to the other entrance of the Palace of
Westminster, the House of Lords end, the Victoria Tower, because at the
base of that, we have the Sovereign's entrance to the Palace
Palace of Westminster, there will be a few minutes of preparing for
lunch, and then in a short while, we'll see the Queen being brought
into Westminster Hall ready for that lunch with lots of young
people and lots of people from the Palace of Westminster, it's a good
moment for us to hear from someone who has had some dealings with the
palace in the last year for very The first time I met the Queen was
in 2001. It was the first garden I'd done at Chelsea Flower Show.
I'd done a very modern garden. She didn't look terribly impressed with
it. She had a glass of champagne. I told her it would look great
outside her house in London. There was a buzz around the place.
Everyone gets really excited. You can see people looking around the
corner, is she coming yet? It's just not another visit she's doing,
another duty. She seems to have a passion for it. It made me
understand she's, like, a real person rather than someone you just
have on your coins and stamps. Westminster Hall is the place most
traditionally associated with the Sovereign, so we decided to put a
stained glass window here to make sure Parliament keeps up the
tradition of presenting a gift for Her Majesty for her Jubilee.
Obviously, the grand unveiling is always a little bit nerve-racking.
I don't think I was as nervous as the artist sitting behind me. It
seems to have gone down very well. We have a very special Queen, at it
seems right there should be a very special window for her.
There we have a signal to the world that the Queen is at the Palace of
Westminster. The Union flag being lowered. The Royal Standard is
flying in the breeze there. Inside Westminster Hall, there is the
scene there ready for lunch, and as you can imagine, a great sense of
expectation within the hall. People probably know that the Queen is
within a few minutes of arrivaling. That is the table hosted by Thomas
Sheldon, the Master Mercer. That's where the Queen will be taking
lunch. It will be an interesting lay-out
because basically, we'll have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joint
hosting, in effect, their own tables. Prince Harry and others too.
As the Lord Speaker, Baroness De Sousa, who was one of those who
delivered the loyal address here in Westminster Hall just a few months
ago - this is the table that Prince Gardner, in that case. Then the
table hosted by Prince William, so the Duke of Cambridge. That's going
to be the table that's not too far way from the table that Prince
Harry is at. The Master Engineer, David Skahill, co-hosting the table
there with the Duke of Cambridge. And the Master Arbitrator is also
hosting that table. Now, we're talking, of course,
about some very, very high-quality music here too because we've got
the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, which was founded
back in 1978, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was a patron.
Black Rod, as I mentioned earlier, one of the senior officers of
Parliament, is a kornt governor of the National Children's Orchestra,
and it's basically 114 musicians. They have just had three days of
rehearsal, so a very big day for them, and looking forward to their
music making. There is the window. It's still on display. It's not
been installed yet. It will be installed within the great windows
above the north door, but that's the window that was steined --
designed by John Rentiens and paid for by both houses of Parliament,
and that was their Diamond Jubilee gift to the Queen. Her Majesty on
her way to lunch, and when she arrives, there will be a fanfare by
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the State trumpeters of the door opened. We were all really
expecting to see the Queen at that moment, then the door shut again.
So the State Trumpeters are ready, and everyone in Westminster Hall is
day for the State Trumpeters. Tim West is leading that today. They're
very experienced. And when we do catch another
glimpse of the State Trumpeters, I am also told that they have new
ininstruments to mark the Diamond Westminster Hall, I'm reminded of
the fact that the Queen's first official engagement in Westminster
Hall after she came to the throne was the Commonwealth Parliamentary
film -- Michael Lawrence, who we saw in the film there, chatting to
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my Lords, ladies and gentlemen, pray silence for the Master of the
Worshipful Company of Mersers, Mr Thomas Sheldon.
Your Majesty, It is the greatest possible honour for me, as Master
of the Mercers' Company, but on behalf of the Livery Companies of
your City of London, to pay tribute to you on this most special of days.
A day when the City has already solemnly marked this Jubilee at our
great Cathedral of St Paul and through the colour and drama of the
Thames River Pageant. Today we mark and we give thanks for your 60
years of unstinting, unwavering commitment and service to the
nation, to the wider world, and also to each and every one of your
subjects here in the United Kingdom and each and every man and woman of
the nations of the Commonwealth. How right it is that we should
honour you here in Westminster Hall - a place that traces its history
back nearly 1,000 years and a place which has itself played such a
dramatic part in our national story. Your reign writes a further proud
chapter of that extraordinary story. When you came to the Throne, there
was talk of a new Elizabethan Age. Much has changed in the last six
decades, but it has been the age of Elizabeth. You embody the very best
of our national values, and represent all of which we are most
proud. You are a constant in a changing world - and a constant
good, with a reign characterised by a very personal connection and
affinity with everyone you meet, whether they be head of state or
the youngest child. It also gives us particular pleasure to welcome
members of your family here today. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess
of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, each
of whom makes a distinctive and distinguished contribution to our
national life. We are particularly sorry that the Duke of Edinburgh is
not well and cannot be with us, but we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Today there is before us a vast concourse of the nation. From the
City's livery companies - a little like the monarchy, we cherish our
great history, but we have a continued commitment and engagement
to help to meet the demands and challenges of the modern age. And
from the causes and the people across the nation we are proud to
support. And from the marvellous young musicians of the National
Children's Orchestra. There is a vast concourse beyond these ancient
walls, listening on the radio, watching on television or the
internet, here in your United Kingdom and across every corner of
the globe. Your Majesty, I can think of no single individual who
embodies duty, service and goodness as you do. I can think of no
individual held in greater affection and respect. It is my
honour to speak for the City's livery companies today, but I do so
with the voices of countless millions raised alongside my own.
Your Majesty, your Royal Highnesses, my lords, ladies and gentlemen,
please rise from grace, to be said by Mr Speaker, the Right Honourable
As we celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and these tables in
Westminster Hall, we start in humility with those immortal words
- for what we are about to receive, may the Lord makers truly thankful.
The initial introduction made there by the Master Mercer, who's hosting
Huw Edwards introduces full, uninterrupted live coverage of the final day of Her Majesty the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations. To mark this special occasion, the Queen together with other members of the royal family, attend a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
Throughout the morning a team of BBC reporters consisting of Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth, Jake Humphrey, Fearne Cotton, Chris Hollins, Sonali Shah and Clare Balding, will be capturing all the stories, reactions and celebrations on a day of unadulterated national celebration.
09.30 As the members of the congregation take their seats in St Paul's Cathedral, Sophie Raworth will be inviting some of the people involved in the service to share their thoughts and feelings about the day. At the Palace of Westminster, Fiona Bruce mingles with the people who've travelled from all over the country to share lunch with the Queen.
10.00 All eyes will be on the cathedral for the arrivals of the royal family, the prime minister and other leading dignitaries, whilst at Buckingham Palace Huw Edwards will be joined by expert guests to give their perspective on this momentous day.
10.30 The national service of thanksgiving begins, and James Naughtie provides commentary on the service presided over by the dean of St Paul's Cathedral.
11.30 The streets of London will be lined with jubilant spectators as the Queen travels to Mansion House to begin the next stage of the day's celebrations. Chris Hollins and Sonali Shah will be on the route to meet the royal fans who have the prized front row seats.
12.00 Join Fearne Cotton and Jake Humphrey as they host their own exclusive jubilee party with some special guests. Meanwhile, at Knightsbridge Barracks, Clare Balding gets a first-hand glimpse of the household cavalry preparations for the big afternoon ahead.
12.30 The Queen travels to the Palace of Westminster to have lunch with over 700 people in the stunning setting of Westminster Hall.