UK: Diamond Jubilee festivities come to an end

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UK: Diamond Jubilee festivities come to an end

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Four days of celebrations in the UK to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne have drawn to a close.

Elizabeth II appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace one more time after attending a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

She waved to hundreds of thousands who had gathered in the Mall, surrounded my close members of her family.

There was one notable absentee – her 91-year-old husband Prince Philip who was taken to hospital on Monday with a bladder infection. He is said to be improving.

The crowds and the royal party were treated to a flypast by a succession of aircraft including World War II planes of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF’s aerobatic team, The Red Arrows.

The guardsmen led the crowd in three cheers.

The Diamond Jubilee long weekend appears to have been a roaring success for the royals. Polls suggest the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth herself are at their most popular for decades.

But the queen is 86-years-old, there was a feeling among the revellers that they were witnessing something, the like of which will not be seen again for a generation.