The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

in Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Sunday, 3 June, 2012

Across the United Kingdom this special 4‐day weekend, at locations all over the country, people are celebrating 60 years since the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, with a wide range of special events, street parties (weather permitting, which it probably won’t) and more.

Thus today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we are providing a suitably regal soundtrack, with ceremonial music along with pieces evoking different aspects of the British Isles. And appropriately enough, Sir Edward Elgar’s birthday was yesterday, so we will be hearing plenty from him.

Princess Elizabeth came to the throne on the death of her father in February 1952, but her actual Coronation did not take place until the following year.  She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.

Queen Victoria in 1897 is the only other monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee — and we will be hearing some music written for Royal purposes during her reign and those of other British monarchs in history.

In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship, and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.”  - Elizabeth II, 2012

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