The Queen will address both Houses of Parliament to mark her 60 years on the throne
She will speak to an audience of party leaders, MPs, peers and dignitaries in Westminster Hall before unveiling a stained glassed window specially commissioned for the Diamond Jubilee.
The monarch last made the historic address to parliament when celebrating her Golden Jubilee in 2002 (see below) and her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
In her speech today, the Queen will respond to tributes made to her in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons earlier this month.
These “humble addresses” will be officially presented to her by Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza and Commons Speaker John Bercow.
After the speeches have been read, the Diamond Jubilee Window, which consists of up 1,500 pieces of glass, will be unveiled.
The window has been paid for personally by members of both Houses and designed by British artist John Reyntiens. It will be presented in a display case and installed above the North Door of Westminster Hall later this year.
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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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