19 Feb '12, 7am

UK kicks off Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

UK kicks off Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

LONDON: The United Kingdom has kicked off celebrations marking 60 years since Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee will see events spread out over the next few months until the first week of June when the Queen will take part in a number of public processions and ceremonies. But this summer, Britain will also be welcoming the Olympics, and there is concern that large amounts of public money being spent on the games and royal affairs could inspire controversy as well as excitement. It has been a decade since the last time Britain celebrated the Queen's tenure, at the Golden Jubilee in 2002. And its is going to be another big year for the Monarchs, after Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding placed Britain under an international spotlight, drawing admiration for it's tradition and heritage. The Queen herself plays a role in keeping that ali...

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