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Queen celebrates Jubilee at St Paul's (+images)

05 June 2012

The much anticipated Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated from 2–5 June 2012, with numerous events throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

Following in Queen Victoria’s footsteps, Queen Elizabeth attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The service included a Bidding given by The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, the new Dean of St Paul’s, a New Testament reading by the Right Honorable David Cameron MP, and a Sermon preached by The Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Collect - a specially writtenprayerwritten at the Queens direction by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, was read by the Bishop of London.

The Litany and Prayer of Thanksgiving included readings by numerous inspirational young people involved in charities and awards. These included a Young Ambassador of the Year from The Prince's Trust and a Queen’s Scout.

There was also a great variety of music with the combined choirs of the St Paul’s Cathedral and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, as well as the specially appointed Diamond Choir. They sang a new piece to the Queen entitled ‘The Call of Wisdom’, by composer Will Todd. In addition, there were pieces by The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the Royal Air force and The Band of the Welsh Guards.

The service had a congregation of over 2,000, with guests made up of Members of the Royal Family, figures from Government and Law, Realm Prime ministers, Officers of State, Governors General and representatives from a variety of faiths.

Over the long weekend the Queen had quite a schedule. She attended the Epsom Derby on Saturday 2, The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3, the BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4, and a RAF fly-past following the Procession and service of Thanksgiving on Tuesday 5.

Up and down the country, celebrations over the four-day weekend took the form of street parties and fairs. Across London, spectators turned out in their thousands to catch a glimpse of the Queen, particularly for the river pageant where there were an estimated 1 million people watching from the banks of the river.

St Paul's historical Jubilee pages

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at St Paul's

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at St Paul's   Enlarge

St Paul's Dean, Dr David Ison, bids The Queen farewell at the end of the service

St Paul's Dean, Dr David Ison, bids The Queen farewell at the end of the service   Enlarge