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Dazzling Videos: The Best of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

By John Ritchie   
June 19, 2012
June 5: Over a million cheer the Queen’s carriage procession
Watch the Queen make her way by carriage through the streets of Whitehall to Buckingham Palace.


Firework display at Buckingham Palace

Flypast salute and God Save the Queen

Vapour trails of red, white and blue were left by a nine-strong Red Arrows squadron, which followed a flypast of World War II aircraft including a Dakota flanked by two King Airs, a Lancaster, four Spitfires and a Hurricane.

The Queen was joined on the balcony by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the singing of the National Anthem.

June 3:  Thames River pageant wows crowds
A thousand vessels set off in wave after wave with the Queen travelling at its heart.

Why Did the Jubilee Dazzle the World?

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee wowed 1.3 million admirers who, despite the rain, took to the streets of London.  All they wanted was a glimpse of their monarch and to acknowledge the Queen’s sixty years of service.  An additional 2 billion – including many Americans – followed the dazzling event from afar.

Why so much interest?  Is it a nostalgia for something greater than petty politics? Perhaps pop culture’s leveling vulgarity is reaching a terminal point.  Perhaps the stifling and flawed Marxist utopia of radical equality is finally fading.  Whatever the case might be, millions were dazzled by the gala, honor and distinction that shone at the Queen’s celebration.  Even the Queen’s critics gasped in admiration.  It was a victory for tradition.

A member of the House of Commons affirmed that whoever wishes to find himself must forget himself in the service of others, adding: “Her Majesty has done just that for many years.”  This remark represents what the British as well as other peoples feel about the Queen.  The headline of the French newspaper, Le Figaro, stated: “Elizabeth II, 60 years of devotion to duty.”

When the Queen was crowned in 1953, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

That has been her program.

However, the highest aspect of her reign, without a doubt, has been her capacity to personify many of the highest values of what it means to be British.  That is what awakens such enthusiasm among her subjects, as well as the awe of many Americans.

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-5 # Colleen Anders 2012-06-19 12:26
I don't get it. I see the Monarchy as a waist of the tax payer's money. Why should you live the good life because of your birth at taxpayer expense? I don't see the monarchy as an example of strong family values either. Marriage chosen for you, infidelity, the queen would leave for months and leave Charles behind, Camilla. I am confused why this piece was chosen.
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+1 # Jess 2012-06-19 15:06
Colleen, I'm sure you meant "waste of the tax payer's money," not "waist."
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+1 # Jeanne 2012-06-19 15:19
Colleen, it is tradition, and frankly, a tourist attraction that pulls in more for England than what they spend on it.

As for the queen, leaving Charles behind, and Camilla, please read up. The queen is married to Philip. Charles was married to Diana, and now Camilla. Not sure where you were going with this.
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+4 # Raymond Barnett 2012-06-19 15:46
There is no wonder you can't see the good that the Monarchy has done for Britain. You got the Queen's husband's name wrong for a start. It is Phillip not Charles, who is her son. Then there has been no infidelity in the Queen's life. Her life has been above reproach. And lastly, the expense for celebrating her Jubilee may have been many millions, but do you know how much more is brought into the treasury and into the economy by virtue of the fact that there more visitors, memorabilia for sale, royalties etc. Please get your facts straight.
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+4 # Mike 2012-06-19 22:51
I'm with Colleen. If it was a Catholic monarch it would be different. I'm sure Colleen meant that the Queen left Charles alone when he was a kid. Charles complained about that a few years back. And we all know about Charles' infidelity with Camilla when he was suppose to be with Diana. Imagine if Camilla is declared a queen if Charles becomes the next monarch of England. I don't think some people will be too happy if that happens.
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+2 # M. R. Vantine 2012-06-20 21:36
Although the Queen is a good and moral woman, I am sure, I am disturbed by the fact that Prince William and Katherine were living together before their marriage. They were even given a suite at the castle of their own before they were man and wife. The Queen's silence on such a moral issue was deafening and sent a message of acceptance and approval. It is a shame that the opportunity for William and Katherine to provide an exemplary moral lesson to the world, was lost.
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+1 # george j carroll 2012-06-19 12:32
I would have been one of them. This is England.
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+5 # ElaineAnn 2012-06-19 12:36
Thank you for this subscription John, I love hearing about what you are doing and how much you have done. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all for the wonderful work you do.
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+8 # Victress Jenkins 2012-06-19 13:07
Hats off to Queen Elizabeth for standing up for what is right and honorable. The English people spoke with their' feet and came out to honor her. May God be with her.
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+7 # Victress Jenkins 2012-06-19 13:10
Great ceremony honoring her magesty. Great to see the British people honoring their queen.
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+3 # Elizabeth Stein 2012-06-19 13:28
Thank-you so much! I am quite an anglophile but have no TV so I hadn't seen any of this footage. Amazing!
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+2 # Bill Van Eldik 2012-06-19 15:13
On occasions such as this (last year’s royal wedding was another one) the relevancy of the Monarchy inevitably becomes a popular topic, especially here in Canada, where we still have a (nominal) monarch. If I had been in Great Britain I would have cheered and celebrated with the best of them. Make no mistake about it, I AM a monarchist, and I hope countries like Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and others, will continue this time-honored tradition and the beautiful pageantry that goes with it. But it makes no sense in countries like Canada and the United States - we’re not that kind of country, and we’re not that kind of people. The U.S. ditched its foreign monarch two hundred years ago, and I look forward to the day when Canada will do likewise. That said, however, let’s be very careful as to what we replace it with. We don’t want another Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. Nor do we want a Big Brother system, and it seems we’re moving dangerously close in that direction.
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+1 # Mike 2012-06-19 23:13
As a Canadian I agree with you Bill. It doesn't make sense for Canada to have a foreign monarch in this day and age. Now if the monarch of Canada was actually a Canadian and Catholic I'd agree with it. You know 89% of the land area of Canada is Crown Land. Bill have you ever tried to find out who actually owns the Crown Land in Canada? The Queen? If she holds the title to Canadian Crown Land then that needs to be changed. It should belong to Canadians, all of us. Not no foreign queen.
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+1 # Susan C. Tikalsky 2012-06-19 19:23
I hope with the British to celebrate their leadership in all the pomp! God bless from California, USA!
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0 # gerri martin 2012-06-19 21:32
What a beautiful tradition. How wonderful to see this pageant that has gone on for centuries and still remains so honored and honorable.
God bless the Queen.
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0 # Grace Lee 2012-06-20 11:57
Great ceremony honouring her majesty. Great to see the British people honoring their Queen.
Thank you for this subscription Mr Ritchie, I enjoy reading and watching the video's of the work that you have done. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all for the wonderful work you do.
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+4 # Ethan Mack 2012-06-20 15:32
I will celebrate the Queen just as soon as she admits to the world she has NO spiritual authority at all and issues an apology to Rome.
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+2 # Justin Jurek 2012-06-21 12:19
I would be even happier if she would abandon the Protestant heresy and return home to the Catholic Church, and urge her subjects to do the same.
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0 # Etis Amazen 2012-06-21 13:07
I notice that none of the lengthy concert celebration footage was shown here. I heard the Rolling Stones and Sir Elton John performed. Been doing some editing I see of the footage shown.
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+2 # Jack 2012-06-21 14:40
Fixated on the negative aspects, what some people seem to miss entirely is the beauty of these events, which stem from centuries of tradition, much of which is Catholic at its origin. In as much as these ceremonies reflect the order of Christian civilization, and the hierarchy of the monarchy, I think they are certainly worthy of admiration. Are there negative aspects? Yes. Should we throw out the entire institution because of those faulty parts? No. So, let's learn how to distinguish between good and bad -- and embrace the good.
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0 # Liz 2012-06-22 21:01
Jack, your comment is nicely stated. In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul reminded us to think on whatever is true, noble, etc. People forget that Western civilization grew from the message of the Gospel. We should not hesitate to remind people of that, especially those who say we can muddle on without God.
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0 # Joan Scoca 2012-06-23 10:06
Awaiting the day in the future when Christ the King (Monarch of all nations) reigns and rules His faithful and true subjects on Earth. "Our Father ...Thy Kingdom come, Jesus Christ King of all nations, claim our Hearts, Holy Spirit inspire us."
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+2 # Gera Schmidt 2012-06-24 03:51
Wowwie. The Royals have such joy written all over themselves, don't they?
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