Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch of England, celebrated her "Diamond Jubilee" - 60 years as Queen - in four days of celebration in London.
Britain's monarchy has had its ups and downs with the people, facing several years when it was very unpopular because of family scandals and the feeling that a monarchy was no longer necessary. However, since the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton last spring, the public's fervor for the monarchy has increased and massive crowds gathered to celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign.
The celebrations involved military fly-overs, concerts, special meals and several appearances by the Queen in the balcony of Buckingham Palace and in her car heading to the various events. Her husband, Prince Philip, became ill before the Diamond Jubilee began and was unable to attend the events.
“The events that I have attended to mark my diamond jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.” - Queen Elizabeth II, England
1. What is a monarchy? Name some countries that have a monarchy.
2. What do you know about England?
3. Who is Queen Elizabeth II?
1. Why do you think the monarchy is popular once again in England?
2. If you were in London, would you go celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? Why or why not?
3. Do we have any similar events in the U.S.? Why or why not?
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