On February 15, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were at Lambeth Palace to attend a multi-faith reception to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

According to the official website for the Archbishop of Canterbury, today’s event was attended by “…eight non-Christian religions – the Baha’i, the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities…” as well as representatives from the Christian faith.

During the reception Her Majesty gave a speech stating, “… our concept of our established Church is occasionally misunderstood and I believe commonly under-appreciated…”  Afterward, guests admired various sacred artifacts on display from the faith communities represented at today’s reception.

Click here to watch a video of Her Majesty’s speech. 

Click here to view photos. 

Sources: Archbishopofcanterbury.org and Royal.gov.uk