On February 6, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 60th anniversary on the British throne. Recently, “two specially commissioned Diamond Jubilee photographs of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have been released…” The images, shot by Mr John Swannell, were taken in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace in December 2011.
And, finally Her Majesty released a statement regarding her Diamond Jubilee:
Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Phillip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.
In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.
I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.
I send my sincere good wishes to you all.
Photo courtesy of VAMUK