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Diamond Jubilee 2012

Diamond Jubilee 2012

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the forthcoming international celebration in 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of The Queen.

The British and Canadian governments have announced details of celebrations in those countries. ACM is asking that similar celebrations take place in Australia.
 

A petition to our governments and parliaments to honour The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 may be signed here

A Loyal Address to Her Majesty can be signed here.

Details of the London celebrations can be accessed here. 

For details of the Thames River pageant, click here  and of broadcasts to Australia, click here.

 




Procession to deliver Diamond Jubilee address Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 23 March 2012
Procession of The Queen and Duke into Westminster Hall to deliver the Diamond Jubilee address
www.guardian.co.uk
Elizabeth II addresses both Houses of Parliament – and former prime ministers – in Westminster and gets her first look at a new stained glass window, commissioned to mark her 60th year on the throne and paid for by subscriptions from MPs and members of the House of Lords
 
HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee address to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Image This is a report in the ACM's section on the Diamond Jubilee.


Greeted by a fanfare of trumpets and guarded by men in plumed helmets, Queen Elizabeth celebrated 60 years on the throne with an address to parliament in Westminster Hall on 20 March 2012. According to Reuters, The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard marched up the aisle of Westminster Hall with their Renaissance hats and ruffs while the Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms were also in attendance with their plumed helmets.

 Britain s Queen Elizabeth addresses both Houses of Parliament, next to her husband Prince Philip at Westminster Hall in London March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/POOL

The Lord Speaker entered in procession with her Principal Doorkeeper as well as the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, while The Queen was escorted by the Lord Great Chamberlain.

Her Majesty was greeted by a fanfare from the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, perched on a balcony overlooking the hall, and presented with a newly made stained glass window showing her coat of arms, a gift from both houses.

"Since my accession, I have been a regular visitor to the Palace of Westminster and, at the last count, have had the pleasurable duty of treating with 12 prime ministers," said The Queen, 85, drawing laughter from an audience that included the latest three: Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

"The happy relationship I have enjoyed with parliament has extended well beyond the more than three and a half thousand bills I have signed into law," said the Queen, who was wearing a pale yellow coat and matching hat.

 

 

 
Royal Overseas League celebrates Diamond Jubilee in Melbourne Print E-mail
Written by Jason Ronald, Australian and Victorian Chairman, Royal Overseas League   
Saturday, 25 February 2012

Image This is a report in the section on the Diamond Jubilee on the ACM site.


On the 6 February 2012 the Royal Over-Seas League Victorian Branch organised a Diamond Jubilee Dinner at the Hotel Windsor in Melbourne to honour Her Majesty the Queen. Over 150 people attended and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was experienced by all.

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[Christine Thompson, Secretary to British Consul-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, former Governor-General, Jim Thompson, Lily Murray Secretary ROSL NSW]


  Two former Governors-General were present, Major-General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC and Rt Rev Dr Peter Hollingworth AC OBE with his wife Ann.

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[Tony McNally, Councillor ROSL Victoria, Major-General Michael Jeffery, former Governor-General, Jason Ronald ROSL President Victoria, Stuart Gill, British Consul-General, Maggie Gill]
 


  Guests arrived in black tie and decorations at 7pm and following drinks were welcomed by Australian Chairman and Victorian President of the ROSL Jason Ronald OAM, who read a message from The Queen. Grace was delivered by Vice-President Jean Black and included the Jubilee Prayer commended for use by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

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[ Jean Black, ROSL VP Victoria,  Dr. Peter Hollingworth, Ann Hollingworth, Jason Ronald, The Hon. Dr. Kay Patterson, ROSL VP Victoria,  Major-General Michael Jeffery, Christine Chamberlain,ROSL Deputy President Victoria]
 


  Pianist Stefan Cassomenos was introduced and played magnificently some Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. The Loyal toast was proposed by Deputy President Christine Chamberlain.

President Jason Ronald introduced Major-General Michael Jeffery and referred to his forty years service in the Army followed by his Vice- Regal service in Western Australia and to the Commonwealth of Australia, he also thanked the former Governor-General for his patronage of the League throughout Australia.

General Jeffery spoke about the numerous times he had met the Queen beginning with his receiving his Military Cross from her at Buckingham Palace and the times he had enjoyed her company as Governor of Western Australia and subsequently as Governor-General. General Jeffery also spoke about the importance of the Australian Constitution and how vital it was for students to learn about it whilst at school.

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                     [Pianist Stefan Cassomenos with ROSL member Yvonne Bills] 
 
 

  The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson ROSL Vice-President and former Commonwealth Government Minister expressed appreciation to General Jeffery for his address and spoke of the Executive Council meetings she had attended whilst General Jeffery was Governor-General. She supported his emphasis on the Constitution and encouraged all present to be well informed about our system of government. After another brilliant musical interlude from Stefan Cassomenos a special presentation was made to Secretary Coral Strahan for her twenty-one years of service to the Royal Over-Seas League in Victoria.

The Hotel Windsor served a delicious three course meal complimented by Rothbury Estate and McWilliams wines. The Dinner received coverage on page 3 of the Age on 3 February.

For information about the League telephone 03 9654 8338. 

 
Diamond Jubilee- Sydney celebrates Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Image This is a report in the Diamond Jubilee section of the ACM site.


"It was like the old days," observed Peter Coleman in his regular column “Australian Notes,” in the influential journal, Spectator Australia 11 February 2012.

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Peter Coleman has been a member of both the New South Wales and Federal parliaments, a Minister of the Crown and Her Majesty's Leader of the Opposition in New South Wales.  He has edited The Bulletin And Quadrant and is a well-known writer and journalist.  If there's someone interesting speaking in Sydney, the chances are Peter Coleman- a most civilised man -will be there and he will report it with style and unusual perception.



...a good year for monarchists....



“Everyone was lustily singing ‘God save our gracious Queen’ and toasting Her Majesty. (‘God bless her!’) It was a lunch meeting in Parliament House, Sydney, of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, called to celebrate the accession of the Queen on 6 February 60 years ago.

“ It has been a good year for the monarchists in the NSW Parliament, following the wipe-out of the republican Labor government last March. The Oath of Allegiance to the Crown has been restored as an option for newly elected MPs. (Cheers.)

“The portrait of the Queen has been returned to the Strangers’ Dining Room. (Loud cheers.) Arrangements have been settled for the return of the Governor to Government House in the near future. (Jubilation.)

“But there are tougher issues still to be settled, which Professor Anne Twomey outlined in her address. At CHOGM in Perth last year the 13 heads of monarchist governments agreed at long last to amend the relevant statutes to remove discrimination against women and Catholics.

He explains that at present a son takes precedence over an older daughter in succession to the throne, and the son cannot succeed to the throne if he is a Catholic or married ‘a papist’.

He makes the point is that however  popular  these reforms will be, they are more easily announced than enacted. In Australia they will require the consent of the states, which will enthusiastically support them but will, rightly, not trust the Commonwealth and will not agree to statutory amendments which may sound fine but will reduce their rights and powers.

He refers to the old obligation of the sovereign in England to be ‘in communion with’ (but not necessarily a member of) the Church of England. What exactly does that mean?

"Even the great question of who curtseys to whom under new arrangements will have to be examined in depth! Enough to keep constitutional lawyers busy for years. So do not expect these overdue changes to be rushed through the Parliaments any time soon.

... confessional footnote....


Read more...
 
Diamond Jubilee - celebrations in Perth, Western Australia Print E-mail
Written by Alex Butterworth, Convenor, ACM's Western Australian Division   
Sunday, 19 February 2012

On Sunday, 5 February 2012, ACM members gathered with other royal societies at St George's Cathedral in Perth in Australia's Western capital to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's accession to the throne.

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[ St. George's Cathedral , Perth ]

 St George's Cathedral offered a festal evensong to mark the anniversary followed by a champagne reception on the Cathedral's parvis. The evensong was attended by the Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker AO QC, Her Majesty’s representative in the State of Western Australia.

The leaders and members of Perth’s many royal associations and foundations attended the event in large numbers. Members of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy were particularly well represented, with a large number of members in attendance.

The evensong service was complete with enthusiastic renditions of 'God Save the Queen', 'Jerusalem' and an exceptional performance by the St Georges Cathedral Choir.

Accession Day is also Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand, of which Her Majesty is Queen and Head of State. The Evensong therefore also marked the anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi with members of the New Zealand community of Perth, the singing of the New Zealand national anthem, and prayers (in English and in Maori) for New Zealand and her people.

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[ Perth, the Western Australian capital ]

 
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