The culmination of the festivities marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II took place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in London. From Buckingham Palace, the Queen made her way to St. Paul’s Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving. With crowds cheering and bells peeling, the Queen made her way into the vast and immensely impressive cathedral. Accompanying the Queen were members of the royal family including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. There was a touch of poignancy to the celebrations with the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh who is in King Edward VII hospital in London because of a bladder infection. The Archbishop of Canterbury praised the Queen, saying, “We are marking six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found.” Photos by Getty Images.
THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II, THE FINAL DAY OF CELEBRATIONS: THE SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AT ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL