UK Queen leads 1,000 boat flotilla for Diamond Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne
- Duration 4:46
- Date Jun 3, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne
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Historic event across the pond -- giant -- -- Diamond Jubilee celebration in Britain is honoring the -- sixty years on the British throne.
Queen Elizabeth the Second surrounded by her family sailed up the River Thames.
And a spectacular.
Flotilla on a royal barge waving -- all of her loyal subjects.
And into -- English fashion.
It rains Martha MacCallum has been following today's -- -- -- that fights live from London all day long with some great coverage and she joins us now with more I'm -- that.
Hi there -- -- you're right it didn't rain on the parade today on the Thames river behind me but it was in many ways the really glorious day for the -- -- As you say and they were surrounded by all of their family and friends on the main royal flotilla.
A which was called the spirit of tart while -- Queen Elizabeth was there with.
Prince -- -- who has been by her side all of these years he's 91.
And she's 86 and they held up better than most of us out there today in the pouring rain as I said -- willing Kate of course -- with them a superstar young couple whose wedding we all remember from year ago -- of Prince Harry was out there we also got a glimpse of -- -- Middleton who was on another that is in the royal.
Entourage with her family.
That you know it really hearkens back to historic.
-- it goes back to June of 1953.
When a very young queen -- Queen Elizabeth the Second was coordinated in Westminster.
It is an incredible achievement to have been on the -- for sixty years and it is one -- has only been surpassed by Queen Victoria.
-- and usually have to become a -- very young in life to achieve this goal of sixty years and who knows give in the lineup of Charles and then William.
If we will ever see this happen again in -- any of our -- so it was a huge historic event today and as we know it is not.
I always been smooth sailing for the royal family there -- many years there in the late ninety's and early parts of 2000.
When it was a very difficult road for the royals after the death of Princess Diana they were scorned for not attack.
-- understanding how much that people love Diana and the queen was criticized for not getting back to London soon enough and holding a state funeral for Diana all of which came.
At the urging at least in some part of Tony Blair who felt that the -- was in danger back then.
We all remember the burning of Windsor castle and all of that was dubbed an honest harmless by Queen Elizabeth.
It's a very enjoy this year this year they've got a lot of positive things going on and really that it's been a huge PR make over that started.
With the wedding being -- -- really and then the wedding.
William and Kate who are now the duke and duchess of Cambridge.
They are truly the face of the royal family and it really does feel as -- Queen Elizabeth has a lot of faith in them to carry the torch for her.
And that they've really turned a corner in terms of PR so it's been eighty very interesting change to watch for the -- and when they're very very good place right now.
And of course the whole weekend is just beginning and it's full of a lot more pomp and circumstance to bottom.
Tomorrow evening a huge rock concert will take place.
At Buckingham Palace out and John Paul McCartney they've got a huge light show that we saw -- setting up the other night and I'm bucking ham palace says that.
Is set to go and then the following day will be a day of Thanksgiving and a prayer.
The queen is also the head of the church in England and that day will be more solemn more thankful I and then they'll and it all with a famous wave from Buckingham Palace is that all gather.
-- RAF flyover by the way they are a flyover today was canceled because of weather was just so horrific that it would be too dangerous to do to pull that off but.
All all yet it was a good success at too -- excess out there and understanding about three years visit from your coverage -- mentioned earlier that the queen can break some more records and become the longest serving monarch is that correct.
That's right it three more years would make -- the longest serving monarch she would sons six and proceed and then record.
A Queen Victoria that has been held all of these years also -- new polls out today.
Shows something very interesting the queen -- Queen Elizabeth the Second is now the favorite monarch in all of the history of England that was.
Released today in the newspapers the other big milestone that.
She also surpassed was just in terms of how much people feel she understands the plight of what's going on in great Britain and you know we have polls -- -- -- that show who which politicians understand what people are going through.
Queen Elizabeth 35% say that she better understands what they're going through in Britain.
Then any politicians do so for all those things she has no political role.
Clearly she does in the hearts of minds of the people -- for another well I understand a lot more about the royal -- here coverage today say thank you very much mark that we definitely.
Enjoyed watching that thank you.