Set across from a window with the arms of her father, King George VI, in the spectacular Westminster Hall will be a beautiful new stained glass window to honour The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Designed by British artist, John Reyntiens, the window was unveiled yesterday shortly after Her Majesty addressed both Houses of Parliament for the first time since her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Each of its 1,500 fragments will be on permanent display above the North Door of Westminster Hall later this year.
The permanency and vibrancy of the stained-glass window is a fitting tribute to mark the colourful reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest surviving monarch.
For her Golden Jubilee in 2002, a similar recognition of The Queen’s tremendous reign was demonstrated when the Jubilee Gardens were opened at Windsor Castle. The gardens were created by gold medallist, Tom Stuart Smith, and became the first new public area to be created since 1820.
Additionally, the then- Prime Minsiter, Tony Blair, presented The Queen with a signed silver gilt platter, carrying the signatures of the 23 Cabinet members. He was inspired by the actions of the previous Labour leader, James Callaghan, who gave the monarch a silver coffee pot to mark her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
In total, Her Majesty received a staggering 600 gifts, including personal gifts from individuals, official and corporate gifts, and gifts from Heads of States of other countries to mark her Golden Jubilee.
However, we’re certain that the excitement of the Diamond Jubilee will see Her Majesty receive a significant amount more in 2012!
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Published by BRITAIN – the official magazine of VisitBritain – to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, Elizabeth – The Queen charts Her Majesty’s public and personal life during 60 fascinating years at the head of the world’s most famous Royal Family.
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