HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee address to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster
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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.