Standing ovation for Queen in Parliament

Tuesday March 20, 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been marked in Parliament's Westminster Hall.

During the magnificent ceremony, the monarch unveiled a stained glass window personally paid for by the members of both the Lords and Commons.

Thanking her audience, including the current and former Prime Ministers, the monarch said she hoped the "beautiful window (would) cause just a little extra colour to shine down upon this ancient place." 

The monarch drew laughter with a gently ironic comment that she'd had "the pleasurable duty" of dealing with 12 Prime Ministers.

Her speech followed "humble addresses" from Commons Speaker John Bercow and Lords Speaker Baroness D'Souza. 

John Bercow described her as "a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth".

Quoting Gandhi he said that it's possible to "shake the world, in a gentle way". "Your Majesty, in a gentle way, you have shaken this United Kingdom and the world for six decades."

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