Diamond Jubilee celebrations unite communities from all parts of society with sense of patriotic pride

By
Anthony Bond

15:12 EST, 5 June 2012

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18:12 EST, 5 June 2012

The Jubilee celebrations may now have finished, but there is no doubt about the lasting legacy they leave behind.

With a crippling economy and world-wide instability in recent years, Britain has had little to cheer about.

But the spectacular celebrations which have taken place over the past four days have brought communities up and down the country together and installed a patriotic pride back into Britain.

Proud: Yasmin Majid wears a union jack head scarf as she waits in the crowd with her children Adnan and Misbah outside St Paul's Cathedral for the Queen's Jubilee service

Proud: Yasmin Majid wears a union jack head scarf as she waits in the crowd with her children Adnan and Misbah outside St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen’s Jubilee service

United: This weekend's celebrations have installed a sense of patriotic pride up and down the country and brought communities from all aspects of society together

United: This weekend’s celebrations have installed a sense of patriotic pride up and down the country and brought communities from all aspects of society together

Historic: People from all aspects of society have joined in the celebrations - reflecting just how much Britain has changed during the Queen's astonishing 60-year reign on the throne

Historic: People from all aspects of society have joined in the celebrations – reflecting just how much Britain has changed during the Queen’s astonishing 60-year reign on the throne

People from all aspects of society have joined in the celebrations  – reflecting just how much Britain has changed and modernised during the Queen’s astonishing 60-year reign on the throne.

One of those celebrating today outside St Paul’s Cathedral was Yasmin Majid and her children Adnan and Misbah.

Waiting with her children in the crowd, Ms Majid was proudly decked out in a union jack head scarf, and was thrilled to be celebrating the historic occasion.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: ‘I love the Queen and I love the Royal family. I just wanted to make an effort and get here and be part of the celebrations.’

More than one-and-a-half million people descended on London today to see the conclusion of a spectacular weekend.

The Queen was met with a sea of people head-to-toe in red, white and blue who gathered below the balcony at Buckingham Palace to see her.

Lasting legacy: The celebrations this weekend will live long in the memory

Lasting legacy: The celebrations this weekend will live long in the memory

Occasion: Planes fly over Buckingham Palace during the ceremonial flypast as more than a million people look on

Occasion: Planes fly over Buckingham Palace during the ceremonial flypast as more than a million people look on

The huge crowd sung themselves hoarse with a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory and God Save the Queen as they marched to the gates of the Palace to watch the Royal Family acknowledge their affection.

If anybody was in any doubt that Britain’s love for the monarchy had waned, this national outpouring of pride soon dispelled that belief, in a week that witnessed a huge surge in popularity for the Royals, and particularly the Queen.

When she appeared on the balcony, the Queen broke
into a smile – visibly pleased – and waved as the thousands of people
roared with applause, some breaking into impromptu renditions of the
National Anthem.

In a rare address to the country and Commonwealth this evening, the Queen declared herself deeply
humbled by the celebrations.

Thankful: In a rare address to the country and Commonwealth this evening, the Queen declared herself deeply humbled by the celebrations

Thankful: In a rare address to the country and Commonwealth this evening, the Queen declared herself deeply humbled by the celebrations

Having fun: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the celebrations

Having fun: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the celebrations

In
a message of thanks broadcast as the festivities drew to a close, she
said she was deeply touched to see so many people coming together to
mark the occasion in a huge outpouring of positive emotion towards the
Royal Family.

Broadcasts
by Her Majesty other than the traditional annual Christmas message are
infrequent, but this message was prompted by the huge amount of support
she has received over last few days.

She said:  ‘The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience.

‘It
has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours
and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.

‘But Prince Philip and I want to take
this opportunity to offer our special thanks and appreciation to all
those who have had a hand in organising these Jubilee celebrations.

‘It
has been a massive challenge, and I am sure that everyone who has
enjoyed these festive occasions realises how much work has been
involved.

‘I hope that memories of all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.

‘I will continue to treasure and draw
inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country
and throughout the Commonwealth.

‘Thank you all.’

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I too am proud to be British.

One swallow does not a summer make…

With respect, one woman in a union flag headscarf does not substantiate the claim made in the headline.

Britain you have lots to be proud of. Celebrate as you could always be somewhere more culturally lacking or less exciting.

It clearly wasnt a diverse crowd, most people were white. But then again we are in britain, where however people say its multi cultural, most people are white british FACT

True representation of multicultural Britain, Ms Majid you reflect the Asian/Muslim communities in Britain today.

OVERCUTE

To Nu-Labour, who have done much much damage to this Country, put that in yer pipe and smoke it, especially Cherie Blair LOL.I don’t think there much more proof needed that a common flag and united as one is what’s best for this country rather than the division of multiculturalism.

make me proud to be british

What a fabulous picture of Yasmin and her children. Makes a nice change to see something positive. 🙂

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