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Britain's Queen Joins Giant Flotilla for Jubilee Celebration

Posted Nov 19 2012 7:49am

Britain's Queen Joins Giant Flotilla for Jubilee Celebration

The queen also maintains a political part, speaking for the authorities and advising prime ministers.     She meets with foreign leaders from all corners of the world.   And she is the leader of the the Commonwealth, the nations once part of the British Empire.   During Queen Elizabeth s 60-year reign, Britain has endured a variety of troubles, including terrorist attacks. When Princess Diana died in 1997, the queen had some of her toughest diagnostic tool for cars days, enduring criticism for not sharing the depth of the nation s grief.   But the queen emerged with a status unparalleled in Britain and cutting machine many other countries.     And in recent years, she has allowed the spotlight to focus on the most popular members of her family.   An 80-year-old British army veteran, who gave his name only as Tom, is among relatively few people here who can remember a time when Elizabeth was not their queen. I was at Windsor when King George VI died.  I attended his funeral down there, and then I had to go around the town, march around the town, with the proclamation of the queen, Princess Elizabeth then, becoming our queen.  And that sticks in my heart now.  I think she s held this country together, he said.    So Britons pause for four days to celebrate their queen and their heritage.  They put aside concerns about the economic downturn and foreign wars and crises, at least for a while.

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