The Archbishop of Canterbury has paid tribute to the devotion, duty and self-sacrifice of Queen Elizabeth II as the British monarch and the nation celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation.
Outside Westminster Abbey crowds gathered to join in the festivities, an expression of her enduring appeal.
“We came last year, we came the year before, and we love anything like this, so we’ve come again,” said one woman from Lancashire.
An American tourist paid tribute to Queen and country: “Just thank you for all your service. You’re very very loved across the pond as well, and we are really excited to get a glimpse of you because it’s part of history.”
The crowds also have one eye on the future. “We’re hoping the new baby will be a girl because this Queen has done such a good job, so we’re hoping we’ll get another girl, but a boy would be good as well,” said one young royal admirer.
Euronews correspondent in London, Ali May, summed up the atmosphere: “Sixty years after her coronation there is a great deal of affection towards the Queen outside Westminster Abbey. There is also great excitement about the soon-to-be new addition to the Royal Family, and perhaps a glimpse of the royal bump.”