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Diamond Jubilee a time to reflect: Queen

- March 20th, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth addresses both Houses of Parliament, next to her husband Prince Philip at Westminster Hall in London on Tuesday. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/REUTERS)

The Diamond Jubilee is a good time to reflect, the Queen says.

That includes her relationship with Parliament, the amazing work by volunteers and the Armed Forces, and her own reign.

“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. 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,” Queen Elizabeth told the U.K. Parliament on Tuesday.

She thanked MPs for the beautiful window dedicated to her.

“I am therefore very touched by the magnificent gift before me, generously subscribed by many of you. Should this beautiful window cause just a little extra colour to shine down upon this ancient place, I should gladly settle for that,” she said.

The Queen talked about her link to Parliament, and how pleased she was some MPs were there for her Golden Jubilee, and many would remember her Silver Jubilee. But she also said she was “very pleased” to be addressing younger MPs.

She talked briefly about Prince Philip, who is “well-known for declining compliments” but “has been a constant strength and guide.”

She also said she was “very proud and grateful” her family would be embarking on Diamond Jubilee tours this year, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who will be coming to Canada in May.

Read the full speech here.