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A very warm welcome back. It is the final day of the Diamond Jubilee
celebrations. We are covering the day's events live on BBC One. There
is lots to come. The Jubilee lunch Let's give you a sense of what is
to come. There is lots of comings and goings. After that lunch, at
around 2:30pm, we are expecting the Queen and the other royals to be
leaving Westminster Hall, leaving Westminster Hall,
encourages this time, for the procession to Buckingham Palace. By
the time more of that is done, at around 3:25pm, the Queen will lead
the party onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace. There will be a
fly-past by the Royal Air Force, including a grand old Lancaster
bomber, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, together with some
more modern jets. So, plenty to come over the next couple of hours.
And of course, we have our BBC presenters pretty much everywhere.
We can go to Fiona Bruce now, at the Palace of Westminster, where
the lunch is happening. The crowds have been waiting for hours here to
see the Queen and come out. The see the Queen and come out. The
procession will be making its way towards Buckingham Palace. The
people are streaming towards us, to try to get the chance to see the
Queen. The bells are peeling from Westminster Abbey. The bands have
been entertaining the crowds as well. Are you excited? We will be
back with Fiona Bruce in a short while. We mentioned the Jubilee
party not just at the Palace, but also at St James's Park, hosted by
Fearne and Jake. Yes, welcome back. We have got the likes of Suggs and
John Barrowman, and we are hoping a couple of Olympians will also drop
in to have a chat. We are also hoping the sun will put in an
appearance this afternoon. Indeed. We will be back with you in
a short while. The crowds are really building up on the Mall.
They have come across from Westminster. Chris Hollins is there.
Yes, the crowds are swelling, they have been growing for the last four
or five hours. Some people have been here overnight. They are all
waiting for that glimpse of the Queen. We will be catching up with
a few of them later on. We were mentioning that 2012 is a
very big year. Not just because of the Diamond Jubilee, there is some
football going on as well, and of course, the Olympic Games. Who
better to talk about these events them Dame Kelly Holmes? It is great
to have you with us. It is great to be here. Did you watch the concert
last night? I did. How amazing was that? For me, we have just put the
Great back in Britain. The concert, it was just extraordinary. When you
look at Buckingham Palace, the footage. I have to admit to being a
royalist. I was welling up! Did you watch it on the television? I did,
it was amazing. The line-up down the Mall. Just that sense of
celebration, all of us coming together, I absolutely love it. I
love seeing the Union Jacks, the young and the old together. And the
Queen. And I have to pay my respect, I hope the Duke of Edinburgh will
be well. But to see the Queen, I have to say, this last few days,
every time I have seen the Queen, she has had this magnificent smile
on her face. She was a beautiful young woman when she came to the
throne, and you can see that almost showing through as she has gone a
long in her days. You know something about people waving flags,
given what you have achieved. Now that we're counting down, after
this great day today, towards the Olympics in London, what are your
thoughts? I mean, it is seven years since they declared it was coming.
Now, we are right on the verge of having the Games here - what are
you thinking? I really hope the momentum keeps going. We have
really put our mark on the nation's, with the Jubilee as well, this year.
It is just going to get bigger and better as we go along. Firstly, I
think the performances in the stadium, in the swimming pool,
wherever it will be, they are the things which we will remember. But
also I think the celebrations, bringing together the community
from around the country, that's really what will make these Games
stand out. We will have millions of people supporting has come as a
nation. I think what we do best is the celebratory events, the tourist
industry is going to be... For us as a nation, it is really going to
set a level for things to come. are you going to be approaching the
Games? You're a icon, a great symbol of Olympic success, but your
role will be rather different to eight years ago, so, how do you
prepare for it, are you comfortable with that change? Yes, for the past
seven years, it has been a big learning curve, I have learned many
things, but hopefully I have also helped some of the athletes who
will be competing in London 2012 as well. I will take up that mantle of
cheering them on with their family. It is really nice to have you with
us. Now, the party in full swing, pretty much, in St James's Park...
Yes, we have got a lovely crowd here. They have all been enjoying
watching the big screen. Before long, the carriage procession will
be coming down the Mall. Right now, alongside us is John Barrowman.
Thanks for being here. The River Pageant is one of the highlights of
the Jubilee celebrations, and you got the chance to be on a boat, on
the River - what an opportunity. Yes, it was amazing. I have never
felt so proud of being British as on that particular day. Everybody
around the world was watching. The fact that we had an opportunity to
do something which probably in our lifetimes will never ever happen
again. Rain, bring it on, we stood there. I was drenched, I know you
were, Fearne, as well. It was the most amazing day. And I was warm
and dry in front of the television! But we had never seen anything like
it before. Also to be asked to do something like that, to be involved,
I did a little video, and I tweeted it, I just got overwhelmed with
emotion. I started bubbling a little, while I was on the barge. I
don't know if you can express to everybody, even though you were
watching it on television. For those of us who were there, and we
were right at the front, looking back at the royal flotilla and one
of the boats, it was one of the most incredibly amazing things I
have ever done. I was so proud to be part of it. You have spent a lot
of time in the States, where they are very patriotic - it feels like
this weekend, everybody has fallen back in the love with the Union
Flag, the desire to be British. Absolutely, and I think we should
be proud to fly the flag, proud of being British. BBC America are
showing this, as we speak, to the United States. It is going out all
over the world. So, as Kelly Holmes just said, it is time to put the
Great back in Great Britain. It is amazing. I did have an ear plug in
my left ear yesterday. But those bells were so loud. They were loud
when we were in the barge, but also, I was stood up most of the time on
the side, waving to people. I thought, I have got to do this. But
they were very, very loud. I think it was three or four tons of bells.
Thank you very much for joining us. Last night was incredible as well.
I was one of the 70 million people watching at home. There were tens
of thousands more on the Mall. Only one lady got a backstage pass.
There was a few of us! This is her report. Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff
Richard, Sir Paul McCartney. Cheryl Cole! JLS... It is going to be
amazing. This is the Queen's 1.3 million people applied for
tickets, but with just 10,000 up for grabs, this lot are the lucky
ones. Do you mind if I come and chat to you? This looks very
civilised indeed. You have got champagne! I know. A chocolate cake
with a little crown on it. Everything about it is just...
Isn't it beautiful? How does it feel to be here today? It is
awesome, we are so excited. Help yourself. No, I can't. Go on, it is
the least I can do. This must be quite overwhelming, you're in the
grounds of the Palace, you have got a wonderful packed lunch.
cannot explain it, the feeling inside, to think that you're
actually here, in the gardens, one of the they're few - it is
absolutely beautiful. -- one of the know? You seem so calm and composed.
What's there to worry about? don't know. A huge concert for the
Queen. It's going to be amazing. I don't know if you have noticed. I
know there is a huge buzz at the front, but back here, everyone's
really excited to get on tonight. Also, you have been hanging around
the palace. You're kind of every day at the moment. This is my
workplace at the moment. It has been an amazing two years because
we started planning this two years ago. The fact we're here is amazing.
Good luck tonight. We're so excited. Brilliant.
# Put some whiskey in your water # Sugar in your tea
# What's all this crazy questions they're asking me?
# This is the craziest party there could ever be
# Don't turn on the lights # Cos I don't want to see
# Mama told me not to come # She said - #
I was here ten years ago for the Golden Jubilee. Now I am leer for
the Diamond Jubilee, which is the - the ten years - I don't know what
happened to that it went so quick. I hope the next ten years - I hope
it doesn't go as quick as the last ten!
# Smoking scares me half to death # When the Queen is there, I twitch,
you know? She has that effect. # Mama told me not to come
# Mama told me # She said "That ain't the way to
have fun, son." # Do you feel the pressure? Do you
feel the nerves? I felt fine about it, until somebody told me there
was an audience of over a billion watching, then it was kind of like,
oh, no pressure, then. # White lips
# Pale face # Breathing in snowflakes
# Burnt lungs # Sour taste #
The stage looks cool. I remember watching the Golden Jubilee ten
years ago. They had it in the other garden.
Yeah. And Brian May was playing. It's a bit different. It's cool.
Will.i.am! Continue-ton! We just spoke to Cheryl, who said she had
been hanging around you today and that you were very excited about
this huge British celebration today. I was really excited. I am still
excited - a bit emotional, thrilled, blessed, honoured, humbled.
# Here we come # Here we go.
# We got to rock-rock-rock-rock # Easy come, easy go
# Now we're on top-top-top-top # Body shock
# Rocking no stop # I got a feeling
# Ooh - ooh # It's so nice, everyone coming here.
It is so nice. It didn't hit me how big it was until I was on stage.
# Tonight is going to be a good, good night
# And if you love me - # Do you know the Queen is a fan of
the Black Eyed Peas? No, I didn't know. William and Harry definitely.
They get down. I want to hang out with those dudes.
# Say hell yeah! # Have you met the Queen before? I have years ago.
Will you meet her tonight? I hope so. Will you practising your
curtsey? I have been practising all day!
# It's a quarter to 1.00 # And I need you now
# Said I would cope # But I lost all control, and I
need you now # This is fourth person I have spoken
to today. There is a lot of us around, and there is a few Dames as
well! # You'll never know what it is like
# It's like ice # You wind up behind the - #
Great day, huh? The line-up is brilliant. There is some pop music,
a lot of SirS. Richard Gary came over to see me. I said, "Who else
is on the bill?" He started naming quite a diverse group of people. I
thought it was a good idea to get something in for the young kids,
something in for the old kids. Oh, it was such a wonderful evening.
Amazing. It really was. We're now joined by one of last night's
performance, Sgugs from Madness. How are you? I am good, a little
bit rough around the edges, but it was an emotional night. It was
incredible what you guys did. You were at the top of Buckingham
Palace performing to so many people out there with fireworks. How did
it feel? It was amazing. We rehearsed Saturday, and it was
amazing to get to see the panoply of London's skyline. It was empty
when we rehearsed, but then to see the Mall and all the people...
you can see it properly, and I have to say the graphics on top of the
palace just enhanced the performance. That's it. We weren't
just a backing band! Not at all! The guys with the graphics said to
me, "Do you like the idea of me turning Buckingham Palace into a
block of flats?" I said the only time I had a view like that is when
I lived in the flats I lived in as a kid. Did you have slight vertigo
up there? I do suffer from vertigo, actually, but I was so excited, I
was a bit away with the fairies. I kept having to remember I was up
there to do something, not just enjoy myself - sing the song, for
instance. I wasn't too bothered about the vertigo, no. It's 2.00pm.
You still have the sunglasses on. How was the party? Those eyes look
OK. It's not too bad - kind of bright we did stay up for a time
watching the news clips. And how was the party at the palace? It was
extraordinary, and there were so many Princes, Harry and Edward and
Andrew and the other one - William. Funnily enough, our keyboard player
got a bit overwhelmed. Paul Chowdhry came -- Paul McCartney
came over to him and said hello, and he was like, what are we doing
here, Madness?! All of this encouragement we have been
receiving from the public among Queen and the parties, we're doing
a tour in November. We're starting at Butlins and ending up at the O2
in December. It will be novel to be back on stage instead of on top of
a building. Well done. Congratulations.
Yes. Well done. If you have just joined us, welcome to the last day
of the Diamond Jubilee weekend here In 20 minutes, that lunch at the
Palace of Westminster will end, and the Queen will leave in a carriage
procession and come back here - Parliament Square, Whitehall,
Trafalgar Square. This is the route for you. They'll be leaving
Westminster Hall. They'll be travelling up Whitehall past the
Cenotaph and up to Trafalgar Square, and then it's a left-hand turn
through Admiralty Arch and along the Mall and just passing Saint
James' Park there towards the Queen Victoria Memorial where the concert
took place last night towards the central gates and into the palace
before the appearance on the balcony in a short while. Coming up
in the next hour, we'll be joined by more special guests. We'll have
Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Terry Wogan, Andrew Bunton, Ronny Corbett, the
list goes on. We'll also be talking to David Cameron and one of his
predecessors, Sir John Major. Before that, the chance to take
stock a about the day so far with our Royal correspondent Nicholas
Witchell. The morning service, what did you make of it? For the Queen I
am sure it's one of the major features of the weekend. We know
how important her faith is to her. I think she looked very relaxed -
as relaxed as you can be in a service of that kind. The news
about her husband must be reassuring. We haven't been getting
any details by Buckingham Palace, but as we were reporting last night,
there was no concern about his health as there was six months ago.
I think he'll emerge from the hospital and rejoin the Queen for
the rest of the Jubilee programme. The members of the Royal Family
were looking relaxed. I think the Queen, as she always does, was
paying close attention to the sermon by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, a trenchant sermon, looking at it from a theological
perspective, trenchant remarks about financial greed and other
remarks. The Queen listening very, very carefully. They had rearranged
the seating, moved her back so she was sitting with her family instead
of alongside her husband. There was an important component I think will
have mattered for her. Now fingered crossed once again for the weather.
Those carriages could be closed, but I can't imagine it would be
closed unless it was absolutely pouring down, and I think we'll see
the Queen in a carriage with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of
Cornwall, so a another rearrangement in view of the
absence of the Duke of Edinburgh. You have travelled a lot in the
last few months as part of the celebration. What has been the
impact on the country, do you think? It's interesting. I think
that this Jubilee has a bigger and more spectacular feel than ten
years ago with the Golden Jubilee. Let's face it - many of the
sentiments that are being expressed now were expressed ten years ago.
We were all here seeing the Golden Jubilee. I think there is an
important difference. It is this: the family is more united now.
They're ten years older now. They have had the addition of one new
significant face within the woifl. I think they're more together. I
think they're more at ease amongst themselves and with the country. I
think Prince Charles is far more at ease than he was ten years ago. I
think the Queen is now much more at ease with herself, more relaxed,
and it is showing, so despite the difficulties, despite the downpours
Sunday, despite the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh for half of this
weekend, in a funny way I think it's building up and will be
remembered - and we'll have to wait to see what she says in her
broadcast at 6.00pm this evening in her Jubilee when she thanks people,
that it will have been a success. Thank you. We have been talking to
lots of people giving us their thoughts on what has been going on
around this Jubilee. Here's some more voices.
We are Diversity, and we met the Queen at the 2009 Royal Variety
Performance. The idea is we were soldiers designed to protect the
Queen and our kind of powers - or our dance skills is how we showed
that off. When they sat us down and told us about the etiquette of
"ma'am" and "jam" and all of this... It went in one ear and out and
crumbled. I don't think I said one word when I met her. I think it's
the first time the Queen has ever seen a street dance performance. I
hope it made a good impression. gave us the confidence that if we
can do a show like that we could really go forward in our careers
and make our mark on the world of entertainment. A magnificent scene,
the Household Cavalry waiting. The Sovereign's Escort patiently
waiting for the lunch in Westminster Hall to come to an end,
a lunch involving some 700 people - the City Livery Companies, and the
Blues and Royals and the lifeguards smartly turned out waiting for the
Queen to emerge, and then they'll escort the Royal carriages back to
Whitehall and over to Buckingham Palace. That's coming up in just a
few minutes, and with me to chat about the weekend and - we were all
oohing and awing over the scene there - Ronnie Corbett, Emma Bunton,
thank you for being with us. Last weekend's concert, what did you
make of it? It was incredible. There were some amazing stars. I
was lucky enough to be in the Golden Jubilee. We were in the back
garden, but this of course was taking part in the front. It was
amazing to watch on the telly, but the whole coverage for me has been
so wonderful, and also, London has looked so beautiful even with the
rain, but this whole backdrop - it's been incredible to watch at
home, and I have been to street parties and I have had my own
little party at home, my own barbecue. I just love the fact we
come together at this time. remember ten years ago you were on
one of those big floats. That's right, with the famous champ...
Whatever his name was! Yes, we came down here on the float, that's
right. And I also - because the picnic went on behind Buckingham
Palace... Yes. Remember, with the children? And I played the Queen's
butler, so I was actually on the premises. Amazing And walked on the
stage with her, so I was quite thrilled. What have you made of the
weekend's events? Have you enjoyed it? Unbelievable, really wonderful,
so spectacularly lovely, and she and the Duke - I mean, showing
immense patience and - for their age. Sunday. Yes, hanging on to it.
I loved Sunday. Emma, from your point of view - we were just about
to see what was going on in that lunch, but just your thoughts on
what has been achieved this weekend. How special has it been? It has
been so special! And on Sunday, when you were just talking about
when she was on the bam, it was so lovely when you saw her space like
when you saw the war horse on top of the National Theatre, her face
just lit up. I think it has been absolutely amazing. Let's go back
to Westminster Hall. Your Royal highnesses, my Lords, ladies and
gentlemen, pray silence for the Lord Speaker, the Right honourable
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Your Royal Highnesses, my Lords, The anthem plained by the National
Children's Orchestra of Great Britain.
-- played. The Duke of Cambridge surveying the scene there. The
lunch is just coming to an end. The formal toast has been made, so
within a few minutes I think we can expect to see the royal party
preparing to leave Westminster Hall. There'll be a few minutes' delay
before that happens and then they will emerge from the North Door,
including the Duchess of Cambridge, and they'll take their places in
the carriage procession to return to Buckingham Palace. The Prince of
Wales is enjoying a chat there with the hosts at his table. All of
these hosts are senior members of livery companies in the City, who
do so much work for charities around the year. Lots of the guests
are young people who are people who've either benefited from the
charitable work that goes on or people who are associated with the
work. The Queen now is ready to leave Westminster Hall after lunch.
The wand of the Marquis of Cholmondley, the Lord Great
Chamberlain. He is in charge of the Palace of Westminster, principally
the Robing Room, but Westminster Hall is under the joint
jurisdiction of several officers in Other members too are preparing to
leave. Final arrangements to be made there. Ronnie Corbett and Emma
Bunton are still with me. It's a splendid scene isn't it, and all of
it is taking place within Westminster Hall, a myrrh sent
building. And everybody is doing their job so well, all moving at
the right time. Moving like clockwork. And the catering is by
Heston Blumenthal I think. People leaving the concert last
night were clutching their picnics very tightly. Very delicious.
didn't want to leave any of it behind. They were hanging on to
those baskets for a long time. Just celebrating this weekend is
something that lots of people enjoy doing and lots of people are taking
advantage of the fact that we are on an extended bank holiday, two
bank holidays to add on to the weekend. It is at a time when
Prince Charles said last night the economy is in a tough state. That's
right. Lots of people are suffering, lots of people are out of work and
people think this is a good thing to do to cheer people up, would you
agree with that? I would agree, yes. People cared very deeply this
weekend. Absolutely. More than the last time. One of the great things,
Emma, last night was when we saw the concert, you got a real sense,
not just the fireworks and the great artists that were involved,
and you know all about it from 2002. The amount of work that goes into a
concert like that. Unbelievable. is astonishing. The people work so
hard, and Gary Barlow, who put so much into the show. He e-mailed so
many people to come and join. It was amazing to watch. And I love
the traditions. I loved the lighting of the beacon last night.
That was so important, so special. It's been really magnificent. I
love the traditions. I love the street parties. I love the bunting.
Naturally you love the bunting, you being a Bunton. Seems like a good
moment to say thank you both very much. Thank you. Lovely to see you.
Thank you. Back to the Palace of Westminster to see what's going on
there. We can update... Ah, that's a great sight, the Yeomen of the
Guard, who are one of the oldest royal bodyguards, formed by Henry
VII, after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. They were put together to
help the King protect himself, because Henry VII was a King who
needed a lot of protection at that time. The yoement of the guard are
in place and we often see them at times like this, as they are there
to form a guard of honour for the Queen. This is the scene outside
Westminster half. The kind of carriage that we've come to expect.
The carriage procession will make its way out of New Palace Yard into
Parliament Square, and then along Whitehall, in a scene that lots of
people who've been queuing all day will be delighted to see. Although
the cars were impressive, the cars and the carriages and horses are
what it is all about. That's at the heart of the tradition of these
great proessential events. -- processional events. The 1902
great State Landau is going to be the one used by the Queen and
probably by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall too. We'll
have to see how they configure these today. The 1902 is a grand
carriage. It was made for Ed ward VII for his Coronation in 1902. But
when that Coronation happened Edward VII had been suffering from
ill health and they scaled down the organisation of that Coronation, so
the carriage wasn't used until later in that year, 1902. The
carriage is still in perfect working order today.
One of the great sights of these days, these traditional ceremonies
that we have, Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry. They are well on
their way down The Mall, because they are making their way towards
Buckingham Palace right now and entertaining the crowds as they go.
But really fulfilling an important function. The drum horses there,
great favourites among the crowd, the function being to announce that
the sovereign will soon be on her way.
And with me is the esteemed royal commentator and best-selling author,
and a man who writes for the Daily Mail, Robert hardman. Nice to see
you again. Where have you been? Paul's Cathedral. What did you make
of it? Faith is incredibly important to the Queen, but the
human touches, the way they changed things around to accommodate the
fact the Duke wasn't there. And first class music. Music has been
one of the great themes of this Jubilee, fantastic river on the
river and last night, and more of it on The Mall in a few minutes.
you think there's been a sense in which, we talked earlier about a
rebranding or the re-emergence of a new profile of the monarchy over
this weekend. Is it saying too much to say that? I think it's been on
an upward trajectory since the Golden Jubilee. Certainly in the
last year or two it's been marvellous. The wedding last year,
the visit to Ireland, everything has been going in the right
direction. And through it all the Queen herself hasn't changed one
bit. She's stuck, she is very much the same person we saw in 1952, but
she's been open to innovation and the institution she runs has come
along in leaps and bounds under her watch. The Director of Music is
riding Aerial. I must give you the details of the drum horses.
Achilles and Mercury today. Lance Corporal Paul Darcy and Lance
Corporal Paul Kent are riding the drum horses with the enormous
kettle drums and the distinctive sound that they make. They'll be
busy at work in a few weeks' time at the Queen's birthday parade of
course as well, where they are one course as well, where they are one
of the prime features of Trooping the Colour.
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The fanfare signals that the Queen his white wand of office.
He accompanys the Queen to the North Door of Westminster Hall.
This is where the traditional carriage procession will begin.
Black Rod on the left there. He is in charge of security and so much
of the management of the House of Lords and is responsible for many
events in whole ham. He was one of the prime organisers of today's
lunch. He is also a Governor of the National Children's Orchestra, who
are playing today. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess
of Cornwall will accompany the Queen in the 1902 State Landau.
Robert Hardman is still with me. That's what they have done to
rearrange this procession? That's right. We've lost one of the
originally three open carriages, the three landaus. We are now going
to see two. Very neatly done. Obviously it would've been poignant
but rather unkind to expect the Queen to travel on her own. And
here again we see what we've seen lot in the Jubilee, the generations
mixing it up. It is much of a team event. At the Golden Jubilee it was
just the Queen and the Duke coming down The Mall in an open-top Range
Rover, greeting the procession. Here we see all the family together.
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, she travelled with her daughter and
daughter-in-law law. There are many echoes I think of that moment here
today as we see this. We are still enjoying dry weather
as the trumpeters of the Household Cavalry signal that the Queen is on
her way and that the Sovereign's Escort too is ready.
CHEERING Two horses pulling the Queen's
landau called Storm and Cloud. I theep that isn't an omen! This is -
- I hope that that isn't an omen! This is what the crowd are waiting
for. The river on Sunday was very much a charms II affair, the
concert last night a 21st century affair, but this is timeless, the
pageantry. This is what we saw at the Royal Wedding last year and on
great occasions. We can see rain drops but the Queen is unperturbed.
There was a back-up to put her in the Australian State Coach, the
only one with central heating, but she said no thaw, it -- no thank
you, it may rain a bit but the people need to see me.
There are first and second divisions of the Sovereign's Escort
leading the way. The Queen's carriage passing the Cenotaph,
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and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince The Escort Commander, we caught a
glimpse of him there of the Lifeguards.
And there we can see the Field Officer of the Escort, Lieutenant
Colonel Dan Hughes, we heard from him a while ago of the Blues and
Four divisions of the Household Cavalry, consisting of 116 men,
part of the Sovereign's Escort There we have a real sense of the
procession itself and there we can see the blocks of the Sovereign's
Escort, if you like, the great divisions. The first, second, third
and fourth divisions of the Sovereign's Escort. On Horse Guards
Parade the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery with their special
The Scarlett main dressings there, which have have made especially for
the Diamond Jubilee. As we come down Whitehall we will
see all the street liners there represent the three services from
the Royal Navy, Army and airforce, it's when we turn to the Mall and
head for home we see the streets there are going to be lined
entirely by Foot Guards from the Household Division. There we see an
Officer of the RAF and the Army. They'll be pleased to see some of
The route is somewhat longer than traditional for these things,
because we are going around Trafalgar Square, a place full of
Commonwealth reasonances with South Africa House and Canada House and
going past the headquarters of the Commonwealth at Malborough House.
This has been a big event, not just in Britain but all the 16 realms
around the world which have the Queen as their head of state, from
Canada and Australia, they've all taken a major role in this. Many
have sent their Prime Ministers and we might all be back to work
tomorrow, so is the Queen, she is having lunch with all 54 nations at
Marlborough House. What a great view, Admiralty Arch. There you can
The crowds around Admiralty Arch. This was the vision really of
Edward VII. He didn't live to see it completed.
It was George V who presided over the opening of this new imperial
avenue. All of it laid out as a memorial to
Queen Victoria. The Queen is about to go past the
memorial statue of her dear late father and the memorial she
recently unveiled to the Queen Mother, coming up on the right.
A poignant moment. This is a very happy day, lots of happy memories
of all these landmarks she's about Down past Clarence House and
The Blues and Royals and their dark navy tunics.
In 1897 there were 50,000 troops on the streets for the Queen
Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, today there is about 160. And just over
1,000 members of the other armed forces but it's still a great
spectacle. It's not all about imperial clout today. It's about
spectacle. But that's one of the John Nelson. The head coachman Mark
Hargreaves today. Both of them very experienced, and they'll be working
again for the Queen's birthday I think the crowds are larger here
than they were for the Royal wedding. 20, 30-deep in places.
Royal Standard, a sense of its size and how impressive that is. They
have standards in different sizes but you can rest assured they
really pulled out the best one in the drawer. And that's the view
from within St James' Park. You are right, that gives a sense of the
depth of the crowd. It's worth remembering it was the
scenes on the last day of the Golden Jubilee which formed the
backbone of the bid video London took when it was bidding for the
Olympics, the scenes of the Golden Jubilee is when Lord Coe and his
team said to the International Olympic Committee look how we put
on a party. That's really what helped win London the Olympics. I
think there will be many reasonances of that. We are going
to see that over again shortly when they open up the roads and crowds
come pouring down. We are in for some of the great sights of 2012 in
It was a very nice speech last night. It hit the right note, I
think. There was due formality, and then mummy. A dig at some of the
comedians who had been having a pop at the Royal Family early on. One
of the most touching moments, it's often the unscripted things we
remember from these great occasions, but as he expressed his good wishes
for the Duke of Edinburgh and suddenly you heard the crowd
chanting "Philip, Philip", I never heard anyone chanting like that
before and this morning as the Queen arrived at St Paul's, you
could hear this chant of "God Save the Queen", you don't get that sort
of chanting at Royal events. But these last few days have definitely
triggered something and it doesn't really matter there is perceived
setbacks, whether it's the weather or illness, they've all in a sense
helped to elevate the affection for the Queen even more. They have a
sense of she will just carry on regardless, whatever adversity
throws at her and here, as she heads for home, look at the smile
Into the arena, where last night's concert took place and the stands
are still here and thousands of people in them. It's tailor-made
for a grand finale. It's a brilliant set. I think it's six
Royal Festival Halls on one one site, it's an enormous logistical
operation and it's great. It does allow lots more people to see it
than normally would. This is where we get a bird's eye view from the
There we are. You get a real sense of the colour,
the sweep, we just saw the Sovereign Standard of the
Lifeguards. A very nice shot of some of the
coachmen, wearing the state livery, some are so precious they have to
actually find a coachman that will fit the uniform, rather than the
There you see the contrast, this is the soft yellow bath stone of the
old Palace, as opposed to the hard white stone of the front. It's a
contrast. It is. There is a contrast on the inside, one half
has just been cleaned and that side This is where the Queen and the
other members of the Royal Family will settle down inside the Palace
for a while, before they then appear on the balcony. That will be
one of the iconic moments of this Jubilee. It absolutely will. Not
only the Battle of Britain Flight and the Irish Guards down below
attempting a great feat of arms, a feu de joie, ripple of gunfire
which is difficult to do. It's a technique which was pinched off
Napoleonic troops and was perfected for the Queen's 80th birth Kay and
-- birthday and she loved it then, I think it's one of the reasons
they've decided to do it again today. There is the Colonel of the
Irish Guards, the Duke of Cambridge who wore their uniform on his
That is a presentation of a posy by tpeup tpeup -- Philipa Jackson who
would have been in a third carriage if there had been one today. A
tradition, and it's left in the carriage for the Queen on certain
events but presented here today There we see the guard of honour, a
large guard of honour today. Robert has told us it's the 1st Battalion
Irish Guards and with the band of the regiment and pipes and drums
and they're ready for the ceremon ceremonial events that are to come.
And Robert is still with me. I am wondering before we have a flavour
of what's going on in the Mall, we will do that in a second, because
as you say the crowds are building, when they appear on the balcony
there behind us, a sense of what that image will mean. I think to
the Queen it will mean, well, apart from the fact it will mean this is
the climax t will mean I really can reflect on these four days. I can
reflect on the fact this has gone probably far better than anyone
expected. With the obvious exception, the Duke missing the
final part of celebrations. Whatever the fate has thrown at
these events, none of it has dampened it and the Queen has
genuinely loved every minute of it. There are experts on Queen smiles
can detect different levels and we have seen some absolutely genuine
smiles today. I think when she looks down the full length of the
Mall and sees those crowds, hundreds of thousands, I don't know
how many are in the streets? Let's get a sense, we will join Chris
Hollins there for us. Thank you very much, Huw. We see
the crowds behind us here. They've been waiting very, very patiently
all morning. They managed to see the Queen. Was it worth the wait to
see the Queen? Yes. Fantastic. You gave her a good wave. At what time
did you get here? 1.00 yesterday. And was it worth it? Absolutely
worth it. Every minute. Seeing you was the best bit. Thank you very
much. Flattery will get you everywhere. You get a real global
feel about the audience today. People have come from everywhere,
United States, people from Columbia, Russia. They all want to be part of
this enormous pageantry. You can see the the fun and excitement on
their faces. Chris, thank you very much.
More to come, of course. That fly- past and the balcony appearance. We
will be back with Chris in a while. We will also be hearing from the
Prime Minister, we saw the Prime Minister and his wife at St Paul's
this morning. We will be talking to the Prime Minister in a few minutes.
We also received a tribute, which is a tribute that's been delivered
for the Queen from the White House. This is what the President had to
Majesty, on the historic occasion of your Diamond Jubilee Michelle
and I send you and all the British people and members of the
Commonwealth the heart-felt congratulations of the American
people War and in peace, in times of plenty and in times of hardship,
the United States and the United Kingdom have shared a special
relationship. We've stood tall and strong and together we faced some
of the greatest challenges this world has known. While many
presidents and Prime Ministers have come and gone, Your Majesty's reign
has endired. As I said last year at Buckingham Palace that makes Your
Majesty a witness to the alliance and a chief source of its
resilience. As a steadfast ally, loyal friend and tireless leader.
Your Majesty has said an example of resolve that will long be
celebrated. As we work together to provide a better future for the
next generation it is gratifying to know that the bonds between our
nations are indispensable, to our two countries and to the world
Honour of your 60 extraordinary years on the throne, communities
across the Commonwealth have lit thousands of Jubilee beacons. And
may the light of ormajesty's crown continue to reign supreme for many
years to come. The Diamond Jubilee tribute paid by President Obama.
That came in from Washington just a short while ago. To recap, we will
be talking to Prime Minister David Cameron in a short while. That's in
Downing Street. Fiona Bruce will be talking to Mr Cameron. Back to St
James's Park, because a real sense of the crowds building there too as
we approach the climax of the day here. Back to our friends in St
James's Park. Thank you Huw. Moments ago the
royal carriage passed us here. Ladies, did you see the Queen go
past? Sort of. We saw the top of the carriage. How long have you
been here in St James's Park today? 7.30. We were the first people. Who
came with you? My mum and her mum. Who did your face painting? My mum.
She's done a lovely job. Would you like a royal biscuit? Sure!
involved. Nice, feel free to share the biscuits here as well. If you
thought Fearne's friends are impress to have have been here so
early, this is Harriet. She splashed urgent on some very
exclusive Jubilee accommodation. Tell us about your night's sleep
last night? My five-star street of London accommodation was fantastic.
12 of us have come down, including my mum, who was 72, and she came
down for the Coronation. Three generations of my family. These are
my nieces. We slept out. We had a brilliant night last night, dancing
with policemen, dancing in the streets. We've had a fantastic
night and we are now ready to go home. But not until you've seen the
Queen and the balcony. You don't want to sleep in a tent on The Mall
all night and miss that moment. Send my lover to your mum. I will.
No royal celebration is complete without the crowds, the bunting,
and, my favourite, royal memorabilia. Look at this.
Souvenirs have been produced to mark royal occasions for over 300
years, and right now shops are full of anything and everything marked
Diamond Jubilee. But there is only one collection of memorabilia which
comes with Her Majesty's approval. This is produced in Stoke-on-Trent.
They have had to create something very special for this Jubilee year.
Hate been through many sets of eyes, many incarnations before we
presented it to the Queen. Fortunately she liked it and signed
it off. Stoke-on-Trent has had an association with the ceramics
industry for many years. These are made by skilled craftsmen and women.
When we started the business never in our wildest dreams would we
think we would be making china for the Queen's Jubilee. The royal
collection makes Apple tiny part of the variety of souvenirs available.
Some of us might buy one or two items but one lady in a London
suburb has managed to top 10,000 over the past 32 years. There is no
limit to what I buy in the shape of royal memorabilia. If I like it, I
buy it. I was always interested in the Royal Family even as a little
girl, because I'm four years older than Prince Charles, so I used to
cut out photographs of him and Princess Anne. It grew from there.
I have to have my house in section, -- sections because I can't stand
my house mixed up. This is an egg cosy from 1887. I think they had
larger eggs then than we do! This is Edward and Alexandra. Here we
have George and Mary. This is where we come to my silver Jubilee room.
There are a lot of mugs and plates brought out. Everybody had street
parties. We dressed our children in red, white and blue crepe paper. It
was a lovely old-fashioned time really when you look back on it now.
This is my Diamond Jubilee collection, which is growing day by
day and which I'm thrilled about. Here we have the Queen. When the
sun shines on her handbag, she waves for us. Shis Solar Queen.
I've met the Queen on four different occasions and it's the
most magical feeling. You feel so uplifted and for days after you are
just wandering around, off with the fairies really. It's the most
wonderful feeling. And now joining news St James's Park is the lovely
Paloma Faith everyone! CHEERING Have you had a lovely Jubilee
weekend? I've had an amazing time. My album went to number two in the
charts, so I've been celebrating that. And I was out in Soho
yesterday looking at all the drag Queens that were dressed as the
Queen. Amazing. Everyone is getting involved and having a lovely time.
I want to talk to you. I love buying anything royal. Any royal
memorabilia. Do you have anything yourself at home? I don't think I
have, but I want to take all of this back. What's your favourite so
far? Jelly and ice Crete. We have the Queen jelly, a wobblely Queen,
with some ice cream from the Queen's scoop. I love that.
face is just ice cream. I love that a lot. Slightly ma cab ra. Thon one
she is just chilling out in a tea cup. This is probably one of the
more unusual ones. If you have eaten too much you can vomit into a
Jubilee sick bag. And the colours, red or blue, it is up to you. I
have one of these at home, a solar- powered Queen that waves, which is
useless but brilliant. She is pro- environment. She is. Top Trump
cards. A fan of these as a kid? These are good. We can ask each
other questions about things like one's favourite yacht. Sure. Or a
corgi et cetera. Or one favourite couple. Why not? One's favourite
time of year. Can I bring in our male model, Jake Humphrey here.
Gorgeous! Hello! High-visibility diamond Liz! Would you wear that?
You know me, I'm up for anything. And I have a royal tattoo as well.
I've got a corgi. Thank you very much Paloma Faith everyone.
I took the initiative when I met the Queen. I said the reason I'm
here today is I wham the Charge for Sport Relief. She asked how much I
raised and I said, "�1 million. I wanted to si, "Make it �2 million"
but I thought she wouldn't appreciate that. She asked if I was
covered in goose fat and I said yes, but it is not as much fun as it
looks. It made her smile a bit. I didn't get to meet her again until
last year. She has the ability to make us feel special. When you've
done something really tough for charity it is the icing on the cake.
David wall yam there is. Some more thoughts on what's going
on today. What's been going on for the past three or four days and the
significance of it. We are going 10 Downing Street to join Fiona. Prime
Minister, we saw you doing your reading at St Paul's this morning.
How has your weekend been for you? It has been a mixture of things in
my constituency, tiny village street parties, where the whole
village turns out, and the huge events for which Thames river
pageants and the service at St Paul's. We've seen the best of
Britain, people coming together to celebrate the Queen's Diamond
Jubilee. But we've also seen a great resilience, people wanting to
celebrate even though the weather's been pretty bad, and an
extraordinary resilience on behalf of Her Majesty, who despite of all
the problems and difficulties have kept going with incredible spirit.
She is a real inspiration. In 1981 you were camped out on The Mall for
Charles and Diana's wedding, is that right? The weather then was
very good but it was fun. I remember spending the night there
and the party atmosphere and watching some of your TV coverage
just now and seeing the people who slept in the park last night and
having a party, it took me back to what it was like then. I know you
were country dancing in your constituency and you had a street
party in Number Ten? That's right. We had a street party half outside,
we had the Scouts outside, and quite a lot of elderly people
coming through a number of different local charities. We
brought them together for a street party, which was agreement it was a
rel opportunities to bring people into this extraordinary building
and use all the rooms that we've got to have our own celebration.
But with my family I've been down in Oxfordshire, very small villages,
very small events, but everyone turns up. There was country dance
but there were no cameras. I'm quite pleased about that. I'm sure
we are all relieved about that, Were at the concert last What did
you make of that? It was magnificent. The combination of
incredible old stars and some new stars, opera, popular music, I
thought the lighting up of Buckingham Palace, I don't know how
they did that but it was absolutely brilliant. It was a great night.
What this weekend shows we've got this incredible institution, the
monarchy, which people revere and love. It brings the country
together. It is above politics. We are also great with our culture and
our music and all the vibrancy of a modern country. I thought last
night really showed that in a sensationally exciting way.
have your own briefings with the Queen every week. How significant,
how important are they to you? are very important, because he she
is a very important part of the institution. This weekly meeting of
trying to set out the problems and challenges the country faces and
some of the global challenges is a very useful exercise in itself, but
also Her Majesty has seen 11 other promise. She knows every member of
state. She's travelled to virtually every country in the world. Her
knowledge, experience and good old- fashioned common sense is very hard
to beat. Prime Minister, thank you very much. Thank you.
A sense here of the crowds building because there is not long to go
before we have that spectacular fly-past by the ra. The crowds are
surging towards Admiraltyry arch and being held back by that line of
police at the moment, but they will gradual I will be allowed to flow
down The Mall towards the Queen Victoria ma moral and Buckingham
Palace itself. You get a real sense of the crowd that is now building
along The Mall and all of them flowing out from St James's park on
the southern side of The Mall on to the great expanse of The Mall
itself. But it does give you a true sense of the size and the strength
of this crowd. It reminds us a little of the crowd here last night
for the concert, which was indeed impressive. Chris Hollins is there
for us and can give us a better sense of what's going on and the
mood there. Thank you Huw. As ever everybody is
really looking forward to that moment they can walk down The Mall
and surround Buckingham Palace. They seem quiet at the moment...
CHEERING Look at these beautiful faces
painted with the Union Flag there. You are looking a bit tired. What
time were you here yesterday? O'clock but prior to that I had
camped out for the river pageant. So you have really gone full out?
Absolutely soaked. I've probably got trench foot by now I would
think. But it is worth it isn't it? It is amazing. It looks as if the
Queen has Lent you one of her Where are you from? You were here
for the 50, 60 and you will be for the 70? Excellent. People from
India in the background. You get a sense of a real global event. You
are all ready to go towards Buckingham Palace. Some of them are
a bit shy. That's the sort of enthusiasm we
have been looking for. How are you feeling? Wonderful, thank you.
Where are you from? Canada. So many people from the Commonwealth here,
all wanting to share in this fantastic moment, the Jubilee.
hours, it was worth the 24-hour wait. That's what makes Great
Britain great. Thank you very much indeed.
There you have it summed up in a few words.
The very orderly flow of people down the Mall.
They're managed by the police and Steadily making their way down, I
think we can guarantee the Mall will be packed by the time this
flow of people has been allowed to make its way all the way down to
the railings in front of Buckingham And still they run along, people
joining from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall itself. A couple of
umbrellas in evidence, but some up for a bit of show, they don't
really need them. Happily, it's That's the crowd making its way
through Admiralty Arch, the three great arches open and two small
pedestrian arches. The steady progress of the front
row. Very similar to the scenes that we
were talking about ten years ago for the Golden Jubilee and it's
quite clear that those scenes are going to be matched again.
What an impressive sight. The Mall, with the enormous Union
flags hanging from the trees either The flags of the different nations
of the UK fluttering there and different nations across the world
and the Commonwealth fluttering in They know what to wait for, because
they know they're going to get that appearance on the balcony in a
while, but they also know there's to be a fly-past. I should explain
that the fly-past will involve 18 aircraft, flying over Buckingham
Palace. There will be 1,000-1,500 feet in terms of their height and
in terms of the range of their flights. They'll be going over
Buckingham Palace at low level and it will be impressive because of
the nature of the aircraft involved, including a Lancaster and, of
course, the red arrows, some spitfires and a Hurricane, too. A
real sense of modern aircraft, allied with some of the the
aircraft that have played an important part in warfare in the
The crowd now gradually filling the Mall.
People joining from all kinds of points of entry, from St James'
Park, and they'll all be ready for the Queen's appearance on the
balcony in a while. And that impressive fly-past. And
that will be the culmination, the highpoint of the events, after the
service, of course, at St Paul's While we look at these images I am
going to introduce my next guest but we are not going to see him but
once he starts speaking you will know who it is.
Why don't I ask you to say a few words for us, first. People will
know exactly who it is. Well, Huw, it's a delight to be here. Sir John
Major, thank you very much. We were hearing from David Cameron a while
ago and good to have you with us. Thank you. First of all, the day,
what did you make of today? quite extraordinary. But then it's
been an extraordinary two or three days. The whole country's been in
the middle of a great party. People have come out in a way that I think
very few people actually imagined. I had been around a long time, I
don't think I have seen anything quite like this before. Why has it
happened? I think it's a culmination of things. We live in a
pretty cynical world, sadly, these days and people have seen someone
who for 60 years has been the best example of selfless service that I
think you can possibly imagine. In some fashion that is now
communicated itself to people and this opportunity has been a great
opportunity to show what people think of the monarchy and this
particular monarch. This is an amazing scene. It certainly is.
I can't imagine hardly anyone else in the world who could draw crowds
like this. Here we are looking at the mall, but I have driven from
south London, it's the same way along much of the route. Huge
numbers of people just crowding in the streets, holding flags from the
very eldery, to Little Children barely able to toddle. It's a
memorable sight. Lots of people today talking about
2002 and indeed thinking back to 1977. What were you doing back in
1977 for the Silver Jubilee, do you remember? I do remember, I was
standing in the streets, like everybody else. I remember it very
well indeed. I remember the Coronation. It was another great
celebration at the time. It lifted the gloom of the post-war years in
a truly remarkable fashion. have a particular interest over and
above the usual interest in today's events because you are chairman of
the Diamond Jubilee Trust. That's correct. What does that involve.
Well, the trust has been set up at the request of all the Commonwealth
Prime Ministers, and heads of Government, all 54 countries,
they've set up the Trust to raise money to set up legacy projects to
honour the Queen's long reign. The Queen has said please don't make
presentations to me. If you wish to make a tribute, then donate your
tribute to the Diamond Jubilee Trust. We are going to raise as
much money as we can in this country and right across every
country of the Commonwealth, from governments, local governments,
individuals, people can donate via our website. When we have raised as
much as we possibly can in one year only we are then going to utilise
it in a relatively small number of big projects to help people in the
- right across the Commonwealth. How will you decide thousand spend
the money? It Will be an objective decision but the sort of thing we
have in mind, not final decisions, but sort of thing, why not
scholarships for the disabled? There are schemes around the world,
I know of no scholarship scheme for the disabled. That would be a
wonderful, permanent tribute. We are looking at how we can restore
sight to to many people who are blind, their sight can be restored.
We are looking at schemes in cities where people are short of nutrition
and good food to set up urban gardens, even in tower blocks and
flats you can set up urban gardens to grow food. That's the sort of
project that we are looking at. We will be working with really great
charities like the Eden Project and Sightsavers. We thought we could
use sport particularly for the young, the concept of teams, rather
than gangs, all across the Commonwealth that's necessary. It's
a huge range of ideas. First, we have to raise the money and once we
have the money, as much as we can get, I set no target, as much as we
can get, then we can disperse it on schemes in honour of the Queen that
will be badged, as it were, to show it's in honour of the Queen and
that it will make a real difference to lives of people who have much
less than most of us. Sir John, as ever, great to talk to you and
thank you for coming in to talk to us. Enjoy the day. Thank you.
John Major there. Chris is on the Mall, let's join him.
The crowd is slowly making its way towards Buckingham Palace and
they've finally arrived. Look at them.
Swarms, wave after wave of happy people.
Scouts, Brownies, we have seen everybody make their way to the
Palace. Finally, they're here to see that all-- what they've wanted
to see the balcony shot. Now they're here and all very excited.
And on it goes. There you can see the great build-up just at the
point where the stands for the concert are in place.
Very soon the order will be given for the ranks of police officers
there to lead on and they will fill the area, that semicircle around
the main carriage gates. That will be an impressive moment. That will
be in a few minutes, because we are about, I reckon maybe 20 minutes
away from the actual appearance. It could be 15 minutes.
Sort of rough timings at the moment. That's the kind of timing we are
talking about. St James' Park will now be seeing
people drifting down towards the Palace. Let's go back there.
What a moving powerful sight there on the Mall. We will be heading
there ourselves in a moment. It's important to focus on the fact that
actually this weekend is also the start of a really important
sporting summer for this small island of ours, the Euro
championships in a few days and the next time the Mall is packed with
people waving flags it will probably be the culmination of the
marathon or road race for the Olympic Games and two people who
know all about the Olympics, Kelly Sotherton and Mark foster. For all
the athletes involved in the Olympics, the next time the country
feels like this they will be the focus of attention. In Olympic
terms, when the torch arrived in the West Country in Cornwall the
buzz sort of started and went around communities and seeing
people coming out and lining the roads with the the torch going
around and what you have seen here with the Jubilee, the country's
getting behind, not only the Olympics, behind the Jubilee,
everything, which is wonderful to see. You have carried the Olympic
Flag in Beijing but you are a torch-bearer as well. On July 6th,
in Southend, this is actually for my mother. I told her not to come
to Beijing and the night before I got told I was going to carry the
flag she rang me and went really, you told me not to come. Now I am
going to carry the torch, she might be the one that runs alongside me
and grabs it. Kelly, I have to say hardlines for you, because you were
looking to compete in 2012 and sadly you have announced your
retire tphplt the last few -- retirement in the last few days.
was trying to qualify for the Olympics and a week prior I hurt my
back, so I rested for a week to try to get to the competition in one
piece. I did, but halfway through the 200 metres my back went. I have
a slipped disc and it hit the nerve. I had to wave my dream goodbye and
I had an operation that week T would have taken too long to come
back and as I had the qualified score from the previous year I
couldn't make the Olympics. It's heart-wrenches because I have had a
terrible couple of years. I was always retiring, retiring. How will
you feel watching, now you are not par taking? I really want to enjoy
it, because it's not every day the Olympics are in Great Britain and
it will probably never be here in my lifetime. I have tickets for
various events and I will enjoy it and support the team. The BBC
coverage is going to be quite good, as well. You can enjoy that. Mark,
you will be working down there. Give us people to look out for,
playerly -- particularly in the pool. You always find the pool is
one of the places everybody loves to go. A lot of athletes in the
past said we have to come to the pool. Phelps will be there.
Franklin, some new names. England's perspective, Becky Adlington. And
Kerry Anne Payne. Thank you very The surge continues, as people have
seen the opportunity to get up close to the Palace, close to the
railing, and to have a great view of the famous balcony when the
Queen and other members of the Royal Family will appear in a short
while. I want to send in everyone for sending messages. We've
received lots. I want to convey a few of them as we keep on with
these images. All kind of people are turning up, people in
pushchairs, slightly stunned but enjoying the day. Chuck in London
doesn't give a surname but we thank you for the message. He sums up the
messages from lots of people, saying these are amazing Jubilee
celebrations. They make everyone fall in love again, he says, with
the Union Jack. It shows how great and united Britain is. Mark the
Leicester says he loves the sight of people piling down The Mall.
This is happening right now Mark, so I hope you are happy with these
images. And Jack Rosser, who doesn't say where he is, he wishes
he was in London. The atmosphere, he says, looks amazing. I can tell
you what, Jack, it peoples amazing as well. Our studio here at
Buckingham Palace is just yards away. Now we can actually see the
great surge of people moving towards the gates. All of them
hoping for the best view, with cameras at the ready for when the
Queen appears on the Palace balcony What does that remind us of? If you
were watching the concert last night, it was only one act - Grace
Jones memorably performing. And yes the skies are grey now. They were
blue this morning, but mercifully we are still in pretty dry weather.
Let's hope it holds for another half-hour or so. Yes the umbrellas
are out. But it doesn't look too heavy at the moment, the rain.
I'm going to introduce my next guest, a distinguished guest, Major
General Sebastian Roberts. Thank you very much for coming in. Great
to see you. Your thoughts on the day? It's been wonderful. I watched
yesterday on television and the feeling there was transmitted
brilliantly. It is tremendous to be here and to see it as it is. Having
usually been the other side of the railings to see the crowd from this
side, it's fantastic. I can think of no better way to watch this from
here. I want you to unlock a secret for us if you will, because we are
going to have what we call a feu de joie, when the Queen appears later
on. You were in charge of a feu de joie which we enjoyed in 2006 after
the birthday parade, but lot of people will be wondering what it is.
What's the expert description? is the historic way, particularly
for infantry men, to to fire a volley of shots in screns. Its
origins go back -- in sequence. Its other begins go back to the 18th
century. This is the only - thsh is only the second way for it to be
done for the Queen. It is a way for infantrymen to fire, in respect of
sovereigns. It is an infantryman's celebration. Is it tricky to
accomplish? It is so rarely done that it has its own trickiness. The
garrison major I suspect has lost a bit of sleep about it, but no,
remember the guys doing this have used the very same weapons in
action in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are in the hands of experts,
although they don't always fire them wearing these uniforms. After
'06 what was the Queen saying to you about the feu de joie and how
it turned out? I think she enjoyed it. There was an almost
irresistible front page at the time, but no, it was very well taken that
this was an opportunity for particularly her household troops
to do something unusual but a personal act of congratulation and
gratitude to her. There is lots written about this relationship and
the closeness of the relationship between the monarch and her troops.
Is that overstated? No. I think it's true that all her troops, that
is to say the whole of her Army and armed forces, feel something very
special for her The Army it is what we swear the oath of allegiance to
her very person. That's what we give our livings for. I think that
the Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry, the Household Division in
a sense are doing this on behalf of the rest of the Army. And indeed
the rest of the armed forces and everybody else. It is a personal
contact which we are honoured to have. We only represent others.
you are making that point we hear the strains of Rule Brit an ia
outside. -- Rule Britannia outside. They are getting ready with some
pretty rousing music. Let's listen and enjoy it for a
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THE BAND PLAYS LAND OF HOPE AND CHEERING
Land of Hope and Glory. They enjoyed that. The Union Jacks are
out in force and the Union Jack is pretty much everywhere, on hats,
items of clothing, on memorabilia and in different shapes and sizes,
with tiny kiddie sizes and much bigger ones. "Thanks for the day
off" indeed. Thanks for the two days off, given that it is an
extended weekend. Not long now before the Queen will appear on the
balcony of Buckingham Palace. Probably I reckon in about ten
minutes or so before we see the curtains twitching and the doors
opening and the Royal Family appearing on the balcony. The great
sound of the pipes and drums. The first Battalion Irish Guards
working very hard to entertain the crowd this afternoon.
As people enjoy the scene outside Buckingham Palace we'll have more
special guests for you in just a few minutes. Let's join Sonali. I'm
with five-year-old Harry from Brighton and his family. Just look
how close we are to bufplt amazing guys. Good efforts. Harry, you want
to sing the national anthem live on BBC One. Go for it. God save our
gracious Queen, long live our noble Queen, God save our Queen. That's
amazing. Brilliant! CHEERING We've also got seven-year-old Ellie
from Grimsby. What's been the best part of your day? Watching all the
horses. They were brilliant. You must have loved seeing the Queen as
well. Yes. Enjoy the rest of your Jubilee weekend, guys.
Such an impressive scene and very soon the entire space around the
Queen Victoria Memorial will be absolutely packed. The stage which
was there last night has been dismantled. The canopy is still in
place, which might be handy given that it is starting to spit with a
little bit of rain. The entire force of people in The
Mall on the move heading towards Buckingham Palace. I did promise
you some special guests. So I'm going to keep my word. We have
Terry Wogan and Andrew Lloyd Webber with us, and Sir Sebastian is still
with us. Temporaryry, some thoughts on this extended weekends. I was
privileged to be able to do the coverage for Radio 2 last night of
that magnificent concert. From the moment that Robbie Williams came on
with Let Me Entertain You, to the pyrotechnics of Paul McCartney at
the end. If there is ever to be a better concert, I want to be here
to see it. Just watching the crowd coming down from Admiralty Arch,
that was the way it was last night. There must be 100,000 people.
20,000 people and all the way back to the arch, as it is now. What a
sight. And the crowd add enormously to it. The colour, the sounds, the
performances, the artists. There'll never be another concert like it.
You do agree, Andrew? I do. course he agrees, he was part of
it! It was an extraordinary moment. Just before we went on air, I went
out with Gareth Malone and we rehearsed the crowd singing the
Jubilee song. Down The Mall it was bright sunshine that. Moment. It
was extraordinary. The sun hit the houses of Parliament. It was really
wonderful. I really enjoyed it. thought it a shame that you didn't
come on with a hula hoop. I didn't want to upstage anybody. Of course!
The music, your involvement in the music last night was particular.
Tell us about it. It it was Jubilee song. Gary Barlow and I had a
specific idea - to celebrate the Queen's involvement with the
Commonwealth. Of all the things she would like to be remembered for, I
think her devotion to the Commonwealth is probably the top
one. I think we can reveal this now that it is all over that in fact we
played her the song privately before the official unveiling of it,
and it was great fun. We had a few of the Military Wives around the
piano and Gary and I played it. She's been very generous about it
and allowed us to say she is delighted with it. Very nice to be
part of that. On the radio coverage we had so many messages and e-mails
from all over the world, from various parts of the Commonwealth,
from the East Coast of the United States, from Canada, the car been.
It is wonderful to have the response from all over the world.
Everybody thinking it was absolutely magnificent. A good
point, Sebastian. When we were talking to members of the Household
Cavalry, that was nice, as it reflected the mix and the richness
and the diversity of the Commonwealth, and members of the
Household Cavalry today. Indeed. 10% of the British Army are from
the Commonwealth or the United Nations. It is important to speak
up for the Irish Army. That diversity is one of the things we
are celebrating today. And plenty of Welsh people Toon old podium
weren't there - Tom, Shirley. did brilliantly. They virtually
took over. Where there any Scots? I'm half Scottish. That box has
been ticked. Thank heavens for that! This is building up now to
what's an important moment in the military preparation for the
ceremonial element. What's going on? Are people hoping for the best?
I'm sure it is beyond hope but I must say, waiting to give the
orders for the feu de joie myself for the Queen's 80th birthday, I
was certainly going over the words of command many my mind. I knew
there would be others there to take my place if I got it wrong The head
of a commander it is a busy time. It is an extraordinary collection
of people. I know we are looking at the backs of their heads, but it is
eclectic wouldn't you say? All ages. It certainly is. A very broad mix.
Half of the people we've been interviewing from been from all
around the world, from Australia, the United States. It is
interesting to see that some of the smaller countries of the
Commonwealth are represented here. Let's see if we can join Chris once
We are down by the Buckingham Palace gates just waiting for the
arrival of the Royal Family. There are a few dads whose shoulders are
aching. Indeed, it's been a wonderful day. It's good to have
the children to see the Queen and celebrate 60 years. What's the view
like up there? It's really good. Not too tiring sitting on dad's
shoulders? No. It's going to be about three, four minutes. A very
smart gentleman here in a red suit looking forward to it. Other dads,
look at that. And a mum! Is this your little one up here? They're
all. Everybody is on the shoulders. I have to find Sonali. We have
about three minutes to wait but we are all getting excited.
I have to say, now we can see an ocean of umbrellas. Maybe the spits
of rain I talked about have rather developed.
Nobody minds that. It's nothing like Sunday, Terry, let's just say
that. If the sun had been shining for that, it would have been a bit
too bling. The whole thing looked like an impressionist painting, the
boats going up the river in the mist. It was romantic. There is a
question from viewers which I must put to you all, you can all answer
this question, which is, I am paraphrasing lots of different
questions, what is the Queen like to meet? What kind of personality
does she have? How does she respond to humour, does she engage readily
in chat? Absolutely, I have been privileged to be in her company on
more than one occasion. About a year ago she was foolish enough to
invite me to dinner at Windsor Castle, fairly convenient from my
house, that's probably why she asked. I had the preuf hrepbl of
sitting -- privilege of sitting beside her. I noticed for the main
course she had a small carrot, a little piece of broccoli, tiny
piece of meat and gravy. I said to her, mam, you are hardly eating
anything. She looked at me and she said, can't say the same for you!
So that epitomises her, a wonderful sense of humour, she's easy to talk
to. An entirely pleasant, I hate. I went to another reception years ago
in the 70s, the first time, up the great staircase with half of
showbiz, joined the reviewing line and she said flab. I thought what,
because I used to do a thing called fat the flab on the radio and I was
astonished by this, I bowed and moved quickly along and a voice
said don't forget about us, I walked straight past Prince Charles
and the Queen Mother. Andrew? A sense of the character of the Queen,
what would you say? When we played the song to her first and at the
end I said thank you very much for coming around, and all of that. I
said, so you are going to have to pretend when Gary and I come around
to Windsor Castle to play you the song for the television that you
haven't heard it. She just said I am very good at pretending.
I thought it was wonderful. Delivered with a broad smile.
a great joy of sitting next to her too at Windsor and I remember her
talking about a speech she was going to make to the United Nations
and the thing that really, really I take from that is that it was
coming from the heart and not the head. No advisor was telling her
about that. It was just what she felt about tolerance and you
thought here is the leader of the Church of England and saying we
have to be multicultural and consider other faiths. We are
minutes away from the balcony appearance.
You were saying there is cover on the balcony. They're not going to
get drenched. No, it's under cover. At this stage there are no wet
weather programmes, they'll stay out whatever the weather does.
at the way they behaved during the river cavalcade.
For a lady of her age to stand for so long.
The doors have opened and Her Majesty, the Queen leads members of
the Royal Family on to that famous balcony at whras and -- at
This vast crowd here to celebrate six decades of the Queen's reign.
She looks into the distance towards Admiralty Arch. The Duke of
Cambridge. The Queen acknowledges the tributes
and cheers of the crowd. They wait and look up to the sky
wondering if the fly-past is on its The Prince of Wales and the Duchess
of Cornwall, the Queen, flanked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
and Prince Harry. A much smaller group on the balcony than we have
seen at past events. There we are, the representation of
six decades there and six decades of British history. I know it's
been said before, but Prince Charles speech last night I thought
was first-class. The crowd here is aware that the
planes are on the way and the Queen, who has an expert eye for these
things, can spot them in the distance, even though it's pretty
cloudy and it's not exactly great visibility.
But when it happens it will be a spectacular sight. 18 aircraft, led
Straight down the Mall. Flying low over Buckingham Palace.
In tribute to the Queen's Diamond The Lancaster is on the way. Four
Spitfires, followed by a Hurricane. Flight Lieutenant Roger Nicholls.
The Spitfires, squadron leader Ian Smith, wing commander, and flight
Lieutenant Parkinson. The and the We are now waiting for the climax,
spectacular dynamic, exciting, The Red Arrows.
Led by Jim Turner in Red 1. The Hawk T1 Aircraft, streaming red,
white and blue over Buckingham Palace.
That's the fly-past. They clearly enjoyed it. The Queen
certainly did. Lots of shouts of "God Save the
Queen" and "more" from the crowd outside Buckingham Palace today.
They wait for this special form of rifle salute which was explained to
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us a while ago, called the feu de The feu de joie has been
accomplished. The orders given by Major General George Norton.
He could barely be heard because of the cheers of the crowd. Now three
cheers for the Queen. Big smile from the Queen Elizabeth
II, acknowledging the tributes on Three cheers for Her Majesty the
Queen. Hip, hip hooray. Hip, hip, The broadest of smiles from the
Queen acknowledging the heartfelt cheer there is the Irish Guards,
and still enjoying the scene. Major General Sebastian Roberts looking
on with pride. Your thoughts? sure they did it better than we did
a few years ago. It is a very fine way to end an extraordinary
The Queen leads members of the Royal Family back into Buckingham
Palace. And that was the view they had. It's a remarkable sight. The
Mall absolutely packed with people. Terry Wogan and Andrew Lloyd Webber
are still with me. Terry, that was a fitting climax. It was wonderful
to see how Her Majesty responded. First of all I thought she was
perhaps a little moved. And then as the planes went over and the feu de
joie, she responded to that immediately didn't she. From then
on it was smiles all the way. smile said it all didn't it, she
was genuinely moved by that. Who couldn't be? It is so well done. I
have to say, as a theatreman myself I couldn't get near that. What a
compliment. That is a compliment, but it is theatre but it is theatre
delivered to perfection. theatre for all of us. These guys
are representing all of us in a celebration of the Queen, who is
the Queen of all of us. Probably I thought the only person there who
has never sung those words. Yes, how many times you do reckon she's
heard that, how many Muslims? yet she's never sung it herself,
which puts it into perspective. You've all been wonderful guests
for us and we are really grateful to you for joining us. Terry Wogan,
Major General Sebastian Roberts and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I can't think
of better company. Thank you. We are now going to join Chris in The
Mall. What's going on, Chris? crowds are making their way home.
They've seen the Queen. They have heard the anthems and it's been
brilliant. And great to see so many families and different generations,
parents, grandparents, and children. We saw a couple from Australia who
were at the Coronation in 1953 and they were determined to be back for
the Diamond Jubilee. Celebrations are over. Everyone is going off
home. I think it is time to sign off.
Thank you very much Sonali and Chris.
The balcony is empty once again but we can sense that inside they are
probably having a good time. Maybe a little cup of tea and celebrating
the end of a long and very happy day. A long and happy day hopefully
too for our friends in St James's Park. We join Jake and Fearne once
again. It's been a pleasure to be part of the Thanksgiving for six
wonderful decades of service. I think what stands out for me is a
line from the second verse of the national anthem, "On thee our hopes
we fission" Definitely. People here have been having a wonderful time.
Musically we had so many highlights, and the wonderful concert last
night outside Buckingham Palace, to the choir inside St Paul's this
morning. It's been a wonderful three days of celebration. Thank
you very much from us. And thank you very much indeed and for
keeping news a good mood all day. Thanks to Jake and Fearne. We have
heard from Sir John Major, and David Cameron. We had more tributes
at the end of this day. Your Majesty, congratulations on 60
years of extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to our
country. You can be immensely proud of what you and your family have
achieved for us and we are immensely proud for you.
Majesty the Queen has been such a constant in British life and has
done such an amazing job in representing our country. Thanks
for the great memories I have will, the experiences of the great horses
I have ridden for you. I hope the Diamond Jubilee is the beginning of
many years to come. I loo woo like to say from me, Victoria and our
whole family and the whole country, congratulations Your Majesty.
you for being a very important part of my life over all the years. And
for for keeping a cool head in difficult times. What's going on
Your Majesty? It is Diversity here. We want to say congratulations on
your Diamond Jubilee and thank you so much for giving us the
inspiration and the drive to reach the Royal Variety Show and to
perform in front of you, as that has changed our lives. We've got a
couple of tickets for the tour if you want to come down and watch.
Your Majesty, I want to say thank you for all you've done for us, the
British people, on a personal note I would like to say please invite
me to Buckingham Palace, not just when I've done a really long swim.
Invite me round for a cup of tea or something. Thank you mam for being
you. And looking after us for all these
years. God bless. Some rather special tributes there
to end our coverage of the Diamond Jubilee of 2012.
Sunday seem as very long time ago in all of that rain but it was very
impressive pageants. Yesterday a terrific concert here, which we
will all remember for a long time. Today, a moving service at St
The diamond jubilee celebrations continue with a stunning display of pomp and pageantry. Huw Edwards is joined by celebrities, historians and royal commentators at the majestic setting of Buckingham Palace to present live coverage of the afternoon's events. Senior members of the royal family will travel by magnificent carriage procession from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign. At the end of the afternoon, all eyes will be turned on Buckingham Palace for the climactic balcony appearance and fly-past.