Queen's Jubilee speech hails U.K.'s 'resilience'
Queen Elizabeth hailed Britain's "resilience, ingenuity and tolerance" in her speech today in Britain's Houses of Parliament marking her Diamond Jubilee year.
"We are reminded here of our past, of the continuity of our national story and the virtues of resilience, ingenuity and tolerance which created it," the Queen said to a gathering of parliamentarians, including Prime Minister David Cameron and two of his predecessors, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, in Westminster Hall.
"I have been privileged to witness some of that history and, with the support of my family, rededicate myself to the service of our great country and its people now and in the years to come."
The Queen was presented with a stained glass window in Westminster Hall to mark the occasion. She made similar addresses to mark her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
The Queen is only the second British monarch to reach 60 years of rule. Queen Victoria was the other.
"In an era when the regular, worthy rhythm of life is less eye-catching than doing something extraordinary, I am reassured that I am merely the second sovereign to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee," she said, also remarking on the "happy relationship" she shares with Parliament and the more than 3,000 bills she has signed into law.
The main celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee weekend will be held the first week of June.