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Queen Elizabeth 'humbled' by jubilee outpouring

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-06-05

In a rare public broadcast on Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II thanked the millions of supporters who came from across Britain and the Commonwealth to attend what she described as a "humbling" four days of jubilee events celebrating her 60-year reign.

AFP - Queen Elizabeth II said Tuesday the four days of events for her diamond jubilee had been "humbling", in a rare broadcast address to Britain and the Commonwealth.

"The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience," the 86-year-old sovereign said in the brief message.

"It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere."

Millions of people have turned out for the celebrations of her 60 years on the throne, which included a huge river pageant on the Thames in London on Sunday and a star-studded pop concert on Monday.

But the queen's husband Prince Philip, 90, has been absent from the festivities since being taken to hospital with a bladder infection on Monday.The queen said, "Prince Philip and I want to take take this opportunity to offer our special thanks and appreciation to all those who have had a hand in organising these jubilee celebrations.

"It has been a massive challenge, and I am sure that everyone who has enjoyed these festive occasions realises how much work has been involved."

In the message recorded at Buckingham Palace on Monday, she added: "I hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.

"I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth.

'Thank you all'

The video appeared on the royal family's channel on YouTube as well as being broadcast on British television and radio and around the Commonwealth, the grouping of 54 countries, mainly former colonies.

The queen, who has never given an interview, delivers an annual Christmas message but extra broadcasts are rare.

She did address the nation about the first Gulf War in 1991 and also gave a tribute in 1997 to Diana, Princess of Wales after her death in a car crash.

The queen led a grand carriage procession through London on Tuesday and then appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony to wave to huge crowds of well-wishers.

 

Date created : 2012-06-05

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