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1977: Queen celebrates Silver Jubilee

VIDEO : The people salute the Queen

More than one million people have lined the streets of London to watch the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's at the start of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen, dressed in pink on her Jubilee Day and accompanied by Prince Phillip, led the procession in the golden state coach.

Despite the rain thousands camped out over night to try to get a better view of the procession as it made its way down the Mall and through Trafalgar Square, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill.

At St Paul's 2,700 specially selected guests, including politicians and other heads of state joined in the ceremony which began with Ralph Vaughan Williams' arrangement of the hymn "All people that on earth do dwell" which was played at the Queen's coronation in 1953.

Across Britain millions of people tuned in to watch events on the television and many more celebrated with their own street parties. Roads were quiet and many took the day off work.

Sea of Union Jacks

The Queen, speaking at the Corporation of London lunch at the Guildhall said: "I want to thank all those in Britain and the Commonwealth who through their loyalty and friendship have given me strength and encouragement during these last 25 years."

"My thanks go also to the many thousands who have sent me messages of congratulations on my silver jubilee, that and their good wishes for the future" she added.

The Queen and Prince Phillip then mingled with crowds who handed over flowers and cards.

Later the Royal Family delighted the crowds again with an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen, along with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, waved as the crowd on the Mall, which resembled a sea of Union Jack flags, sang the National Anthem.

In Context
In contrast to the celebrations punk band the Sex Pistols sailed down the Thames on Jubilee Day playing their controversial version of "God save the Queen".

Radio stations were banned from playing the single but it still managed to reach number two in the charts.

The group were arrested as they left the boat but had achieved their aim of distracting people from the main celebrations.

In June 2002 the Queen celebrated her Golden jubilee. Celebrations mirrored those of 1977 as millions took to the streets and crowded into the Mall to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family.

The Queen toured Britain and the Commonwealth throughout the year and two massive concerts, one pop and one classical, were held at Buckingham Palace and shown on television around the world.


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