Queen’s celebrations make Britain smile again
The enthusiasm which greeted Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee
celebrations highlights the irreplaceable role that the monarchy plays
in uniting British society, the country’s press said yesterday.
Millions of patriotic Britons attended various events during the
four-day festivities, providing the country with a much-needed boost as
economic storm clouds linger, newspapers said.
Yesterday’s papers ran with front-page headlines quoting the
86-year-old monarch’s special television message, in which she said the
jubilee had been a “humbling experience” that had left her with
“memories to treasure forever.” However, the centre-right Daily
Telegraph insisted it was the British people who should be humble. “The
Queen has sacrificed herself for this nation, uncomplainingly, for year
upon year,” said its editorial.
“It is only fitting that she should know how much that has meant to
her people, and that we have had the chance to offer her our thanks --
and our love,” it added. “Four days that made us feel great about
Britain,” ran popular tabloid The Sun as one of its headlines.