Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee concluded Tuesday with a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as a carriage procession through central London. The dignified conclusion ended a four-day celebration around the country that included a 1,000-boat flotilla on the River Thames and a pop concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Missing from festivities was the Queen’s husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, who was taken ill Monday. The celebrations brought many who cheered on Britain’s leading lady and honors the 86-year-old queen’s 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952.
Crowds jam London for solo queen’s jubilee finale
Michael Holden and Mike Collett-White
LONDON (Reuters) – Cheering crowds thronged the streets of London on Tuesday for the grand finale to four days of festivities marking Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee attended by millions across Britain.
The 86-year-old herself cut a subdued figure as she attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral and a celebratory lunch without Prince Philip, her husband of 64 years who was taken ill with a bladder infection on Monday.
It was one of the few grand state occasions in her life when he has not been present, taking some of the gloss of what is widely seen as a triumphant jubilee that has cemented the queen’s popularity.