The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world at the appoint­ed time at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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