What term will the Queen affix to 2002 in her Christmas speech tomorrow? Ten years ago she coined annus horribilis to capture the bleak realities of a burned-out Windsor Castle and the smouldering ruins of two royal marriages. Five years later, the death of Princess Diana sparked a frenzy of anti-royal feeling. But it is this, the year of her Golden Jubilee, which has seen the greatest extremes of her 50-year reign. And "horribilis" seems too mild a term.
TO THE untrained eye, it may have looked as if she was tossing a biscuit to her favourite corgi, but according to the experts, the Queen’s ceremonial dropping of an ice hockey puck during her tour of Canada was "just fine".
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MORE than 3,000 guests yesterday joined the Queen for a garden party at her Royal Deeside home at Balmoral to mark the British finale of her Golden Jubilee celebrations.
THE Queen’s official Jubilee tour was drawing to a close last night at Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo.
THE Queen deserves a stiff drink. Months of Golden Jubilee celebrations and waving to thousands of well-wishers is enough to work up a thirst in any hard working sovereign.
THE stars were in their seventies, the jokes older still, but the re-enactment of the 1952 Royal Command Performance went down a storm with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and hundreds of nostalgic Londoners yesterday.
THE Queen was congratulated on her 50-year reign last night by the select band who can truly appreciate the achievement - the other reigning kings and queens of Europe.
NESSIE, that most elusive of creatures, made a perhaps unsurprising appearance yesterday, as organisers of a baton relay tried to drum up interest in the Commonwealth Games.
THE Queen was yesterday said to be "absolutely delighted" at the £5 million celebrations to mark her Golden Jubilee.
AFTER hectic four days of festivities for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, members of the Royal family were taking it relatively easy yesterday.
IF EVER there was a finale to end all finales, the four-hour spectacular - and mass sing-song - that marked the end of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee weekend celebration was it.
IT HAPPENED in a split second, but it was unmistakable. In her final appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony, at the end of four days of celebration, the Queen’s guard slipped and her bottom lip quivered, as if she was ready to shed a tear.
IT WASN’T good news for everyone as the Jubilee celebrations reached a climax yesterday.
AFTER one of the greatest firework displays anywhere, ever, not even the staunchest republican could assert that the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations have been a damp squib.
A MASSIVE clean-up operation began today around Buckingham Palace following the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
BRIAN May played the National Anthem on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys sang with Andrea Corr, Sir Cliff Richard and Atomic Kitten. Sir George Martin was temporarily elevated to membership of the Royal Family. Princes William and Harry chatted up the female members of S Club 7. And Kermit The Frog sat on Tom Jones’s shoulder singing Hey Jude.
THE Queen’s Golden Jubilee procession to St Paul’s Cathedral and her speech at Guildhall today, followed by a pageant in The Mall, promise to be the highlight of the extended Bank Holiday weekend celebrations.
JUST after 11pm, the Queen slipped away from the rock concert held in her honour at Buckingham Palace to set ablaze the last of almost 2,000 beacons lit in sequence from the island of Unst in Shetland to mark her Golden Jubilee. Then, four and a half tonnes of fireworks crackled overhead for 14 minutes, setting the scene for today’s more formal celebrations.
SHE is the world-renowned soprano famed for celebrated performances at everything from the royal wedding of Charles and Diana to the Millennium celebrations in her native New Zealand.
BRITAIN’S most northerly Jubilee celebrations kicked off in the island of Unst last night, with the first of 1,800 beacons marking the Queen’s 50th year on the throne.