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Welcome back everybody well facilities are under -- as United Kingdom celebrates a huge royal anniversary.
We're talking of course about queen Elizabeth's diamond you -- The special event is a tribute to the queen's sixty years on the throne as she is only the second monarch -- thousand years to hit this milestone.
Joining us now from London Sally Bedell Smith the author of Elizabeth the queen of the life of a modern monarch welcome great to have you here today thank you for joining us.
Great to be here.
The beautiful and London it sounds like as I understand it at Buckingham Palace cooperate with you as you Richard the -- history and also gave you access to the queen herself.
Is -- a big difference between the official and private woman.
Well yes there is that was one of the big surprises I mean I discovered and I discovered a lot about.
What she does which is far more than most people give her credit for she has a wide range of duties.
That she takes very seriously but the more surprising part was her private side the way she is.
With her close friends and her family members many of whom spoke to me.
That she is she has a great -- and gave what of the man who worked for her and her -- that.
Sending him up and Norfolk said she could be heard laughter could be heard throughout the house she -- joyous laugh -- -- one of her cousin said she laughs -- their whole face she loves to sing into Danson.
And the my book has many glimpses of that private side she can be compassionate.
And she can be very very -- and then imagine the queen that you think.
Walking in her regal pace with her handbag on her arm and think about her in her Macintosh trousers crawling along a hill.
And stocking -- above Balmoral with their nose up against the ground.
That's quite a sight quite an image there of course that famous handbags that she always has with her -- always wonder what he has and it.
Anyway with all the extraordinary celebration in play this weekend do you think.
The queen is really excited about this -- and that he draw comparisons with herself and Queen Victoria who was only the other British monarch to serve sixty years.
First of all I think she's very excited she started going on tour -- around the United Kingdom.
Several months ago and you can see the way people -- turned out there have been huge crowds.
Big cheers you can see the look on her face she's.
Thoroughly enjoying it.
When she celebrated her golden jubilee ten years ago it started -- a very sad note with the death of her sister first and then her mother.
But she now I think people are really showing their appreciation for the service that she is given for the past sixty years she is.
She's 86 years old she's a good twenty years beyond retirement she still -- over 400 engagements a year.
She has in the course of her time on the throne bestowed.
Well over 400000.
Honors recognizing people civilians in and military people in the military for their service.
He's done that over 600 times and she sat sets an example for people.
And and I think she is once again seeing.
This groundswell of support this afternoon she.
Went to the F some Darby Q do one of the things she loves more than anything else which is horse racing and one.
They were driven down that -- chorus the -- for the races began there was a great cheer that went out for her.
What he enjoys a great deal of affection from her people much like her great great grandmother queen Victoria's well.
Thank you very much for joining us today enjoy the festivities I know it's gonna be a great weekend for you and for others there in England celebrated at queen's jubilee thank you for joining us.
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