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Merry End to Queen's Fete

June 05, 2002|Reuters

LONDON -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II gave heartfelt thanks to her family and subjects as four days of pomp and pop-filled Golden Jubilee celebrations drew to a close Tuesday on a tidal wave of emotional support.

More than 1 million people packed central London waving flags, cheering and singing patriotic songs as the monarch, 76, smiled and waved from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the climax of the festivities.

She even made an encore appearance to satisfy the crowd of all ages and from all corners of the world before rain--which had threatened all day--came down.

"I think we can look back with measured pride on the history of the last 50 years," the queen said earlier in the day.

"Gratitude, respect and pride. These words sum up how I feel about the people of this country and the Commonwealth, and what this Golden Jubilee means to me," she added.

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