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Friday, 3 May, 2002, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
The Queen's address to Parliament: Your views
The Queen has praised Britain's transition to a multicultural society in a personally-written address to Parliament.
The speech, which marked her 50th anniversary on the throne, was delivered inside Westminster Hall, where her mother laid in state earlier this month.
The Queen vowed to continue serving "the people of this great nation of ours".
And she praised Britain's "tradition of fairness and tolerance" which has allowed the peaceful "consolidation of our richly multicultural and multifaith society."
The Queen also paid tribute to the armed forces and people working in schools and hospitals.
What did you think of the Queen's speech?
This Talking Point has now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
Andrew Schrader, Age 20, England, UK
Consider this. If we sold the Royal family's immense amount of jewels, artwork and other treasures, think about how many hospitals it could build, to save the lives of your loved ones, think about how many school refurbishments and equipment it would buy. Is her role really worth the immense wealth she lives in? How about scaling it all down?
It is so nice of the Queen to decide that she will rule us (and others) for a while longer - who ever asked her to? Can I get up there and say that I am going to rule?
Ironic for her to refer to Britain's multi-faith society when if one of her family so much as marries a Roman Catholic they give up any right to succession. It would have been good if she could have shown some principle rather than just words and announced that she would support an end to the Act of Settlement that perpetuates this rule.
Although I'm a BBC reporter I was in the Hall at Westminster listening to the Queen as a private citizen. It was a genuinely moving occasion and interesting to see how respectful our elected politicians are, not just to the monarchy as an institution, but to this individual who has done her best for 50 years. Contrary to interpretation she did not rule out abdication, but said she would continue to serve.
Guy Liddell, UK
I am glad to be reassured that (despite the efforts of Labour and the media to make her, and us, believe otherwise) the Queen feels that a vow made before God and the people at her coronation ought to be kept.
I would like to have seen the Queen take this opportunity to give public acknowledgement of The Duke of Edinburgh by giving him the title 'Prince Consort' in recognition of the support he has given over the past 50 years.
James, Shropshire, UK
A great speech and further proof, if any is needed, that the Monarchy is totally relevant to the UK today.
To hear unconstructive comments from people in countries that do not have the great advantage of a Monarchy does not surprise me in the least! Only those who are still fortunate enough to have such a great person representing our past and future can ever understand. Whilst the Queen may not be directly in a position to carry out solutions to the problems of the state - problems which exist in all countries - she can at least make a speech without all the usual political garbage we get from the House of Commons. It's great to have an independent mind representing our country.
A speech that reflects the concerns of all the people of the Commonwealth, including us in Canada.
Her Majesty's speech reflected my emotions that I know are secure in the knowledge that she will continue to serve the people of the United Kingdom at home and abroad for many years to come. Although I have lived in the USA for 25 years, I am still proud of Her Majesty's love and devotion to her country and the great people in it. She is a remarkable person, reflected by her speech, beloved by myself and countless millions of others. Long may she reign!
I have heard most of the speeches made by the Queen so I can assure everyone that this one was another great example of the rhetoric for which the Royal family is well known. The Queen needs to sit down and study the real social problems in her country, so that she can speak candidly about them.
I believe this was a very useful speech which looked to the past, present and future in a pragmatic and thoughtful way.
Thank you BBC. I was able to see HM the Queen's speech here in Japan. I thought your coverage of the speech today with the panel was excellent, and as for the speech itself - the Queen was fantastic and has never looked better.
Darryl Burns, UK
I believe that the whole concept of the monarchy is so out of touch with modern day life that it is derided elsewhere in the world. Most would say that it is quaint to have as a tourist attraction, but to imagine that her speech means anything is laughable. She is obviously going to say nothing other than "We, the English, are fantastic people and the world should follow our wonderful example," because she is speaking from within the framework that has created this archaic democracy.
Dave ridicules the Queen, but like many anti-monarchists he is ignorant of the role the Queen plays in our country. The Queen is there to perform the role of the head of state and whether Dave from Germany likes this or not, that will involve addressing Parliament. The Queen is an articulate and well respected individual, who has dedicated her life to this country. She deserves better than this spiteful criticism as she looks toward her Golden Jubilee.
A nice inoffensive speech, but I would have paid good money to hear what she really thinks about the issues facing Britain in the 21st Century.
I MacDonald, UK
The monarchy has and always should represents continuity for Britain in the changing world.
Queen Elizabeth has served her nation well and we hope the royal family will continue as a symbol of unity for the future.
In response to Dave from Germany - our hereditary monarch is probably more in touch with her people than any of democratically elected presidents of European countries are with theirs.
Yes Dave it may be an anachronism to have a monarchy in today's world. And although I agree, I feel somewhat comforted that our head of state can give a speech that is not mired in party politics. Her commitment to our country cannot be held in doubt, unlike many politicians, who often wish only to serve their own needs.
To John W, Liverpool;
If you want to know what the Queen thinks, get elected Prime Minister. The PM and the Queen meet every week and discuss events in private away from spin doctors, potential rivals to the PM and the media.
With 50 years in the job I am sure she is well acquainted with the issues facing Britain.
So Dave thinks the monarchy is archaic! He obviously wasn't in London for the recent lying in state or funeral of the Queen Mother. He would have learnt that it still has relevance to the heart of this nation - why else would you queue for up to ten hours in biting winds?
I liked the speech, although I wish she would be a bit more relaxed when speaking, as it would take a lot of the "stiff upper lip" image away, but nevertheless very appropriate speech.
Watching and listening to the Queen today reminded me how glad I am to live in a monarchy. As someone who lives in Northern Ireland, I am keenly aware of the value of institutions which represent our "British" identity. The Queen does this wonderfully. I think this was symbolised by the fact that the 'Humble addresses' were presented to Her Majesty by two Scots, before English, Welsh Irish and Scottish MPs and Lords - all united, despite many differences, by their loyalty to the Crown. I was also glad to hear Her Majesty reaffirm her intention to continue to serve her people. She has such a firm sense of duty, that for her, abdication is unthinkable. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful woman as Queen - let's hope she has many more years "to reign over us". God Save the Queen!
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