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Queen 'humbled' by jubilee events
The Queen will continue to mark her Diamond Jubilee following four days of public celebrations which she has described as a "humbling experience".
In a television address on Tuesday, the Queen thanked the nation for organising and taking part in events to celebrate her 60 years on the throne.
On Wednesday she is sitting down at a lunch laid on in honour of the anniversary with Commonwealth leaders, including prime ministers, governor generals and high commission representatives,
The Duke of Edinburgh was due to accompany the Queen to the event at Marlborough House on Pall Mall in London but remains in hospital under observation for a bladder infection.
His youngest son, The Earl of Wessex, said Philip, 90, was "feeling a lot better", adding that "a good rest is probably what is required".
The lunch follows four days of pomp and pageantry, which drew well-wishers to London from all over the world.
On Tuesday the Queen set the seal on the celebrations with a Buckingham Palace appearance before an estimated crowd of more than a million.
Surrounded by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, she watched a flypast of Second World War aircraft and the Red Arrows.
In her broadcast message the Queen said: "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, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere."
She added: "I hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.
"I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you all."
The Diamond Jubilee weekend has been four days of contrasts for the Queen, encompassing spectacular sporting, musical, and cultural events.
The Queen started her celebrations at the Epsom Derby on Saturday surrounded by the racing world of thoroughbreds, jockeys, trainers and owners.
More than a million people attended the Pageant on the River Thames which was hailed a success despite the cold conditions and persistent rain which deluged participants and public.
The flotilla event on Sunday was the last time the Duke was seen but he appeared to be enjoying himself throughout and did not look to be in discomfort.
Stevie Wonder serenaded the Queen at the star-studded music concert staged in the shadow of the palace and Sir Paul McCartney brought the house down playing a string of Beatles hits.
But just a few hours before the concert began it was announced Philip had been taken to hospital.
The final day saw more formal engagements for the Queen, from a City of London Livery Companies lunch in Westminster Hall to a reception for the thanksgiving service congregation.
Tributes were paid to her throughout the weekend, with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams praising her dedication to country and Commonwealth and Charles gave a moving speech on the stage of the concert, calling the Queen "Mummy" and describing her as "a very special person".
American president Barack Obama, who has developed a strong bond with the Queen, said she was a living witness to the power of the alliance between the UK and US.
Prime Minister David Cameron, highlighting that the weekend had been a unifying event for the nation, said: "I think really it is the best of Britain.
"We have seen the country come together with a sense of celebration and unity but also tremendous resilience, resilience from people who want to celebrate despite the weather and resilience, of course, from Her Majesty - nothing stops her doing the job she does."
Music at Wednesday's lunch will be provided by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra while British soprano Laura Wright will sing the Commonwealth Song.
what do you think?
Wait untill you see what we have lined up for the " Platinum Jubilee "
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So she should be
Humbled? She should be ashamed. Millions being spent on this and there are thousands of people in Britain on the breadline starving. I would have thought more of her if she had said just give the money to the needy. This country has no sense of itself from top (where she is) to bottom (where most of us are) Sickening waste.
Disgruntled descendant of James II?. We'll suitable allowances. There! How's that?