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Queen's Weekend Comes to a Close

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Queen's Weekend Comes to a Close

Today is the last day of the Jubilee Celebration weekend.  Here is the programme of events:
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Service of thanksgiving and carriage procession
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St.Paul’s Cathedral. It will include a prayer written, at The Queen’s direction, by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. A ‘Diamond Choir’ of children from around the UK will sing a specially composed song.
Later in the day, the Royal Family will travel from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace by carriage, along a processional route. Shortly after their arrival, the Royal family will appear on the balcony and an RAF fly-past will take place.

The Queen will leave The Palace at 10.15am and arrive for the service at St Paul's at 10.30am. The carriage procession through central London will be at 2.25pm followed by the fly-past at 3.30pm.
The Queen and Prince Philip were due to lunch at the Mansion House today.  I wonder if Harry will step in Undecided
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Question: HM the Queen is by all accounts as strong as a horse so could realistically be expected to outlive her mother at 101. Her reported expectation is that retirement (abdication) is not an option;  so she could celebrate 70 years or even more improbably 80. But what to call these events since "Diamond" is about as far as these descriptions go? There isn't as far as I know for instance a wedding anniversary "named" after 60 years, most of the earlier anniversaries have used up most the other precious stones and metals.
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70 is platinum
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_anniversary
100th is a bit odd Undecided
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She's certainly got the stamina to carry on and as it's been made clear abdication isn't an option she has the determination as well.
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What a fantastic scene of the people being led up the Mall by the Police Cool Cool
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Yes, I thought that scene was amazing as no one jostled or pushed past any one else [that I could see anyhow], they all walked along quite happily.
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Crowd Control at its finest!  Pity it is not practical at some football matches!!
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Yes indeed. Well planned and well executed.  Good also to see the Commissioner on the front line as well.  It was a good warm up for the Olympics. 
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not all well planned, what about the unpaid "Helpers" who were shipped in from the west, due to arrive at 5:00, but coaches got there at 03:30 and dumped them under London Bridge with no cover .  Sorry said the firm involved.
Sorry cant find a quote, but it was in the I paper
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Close Protection said the unpaid roles at the Jubilee were a trial for paid positions at the 2012 Games, for which it also has a contract to provide stewarding.
The company, which is based in Wigan, said it paid for meals for all the Jubilee volunteers, accommodation on the night after the event as well as supplying their clothing, equipment and licences to undertake the work.
Ms Prince said steps had been taken "to ensure that better logistics planning will be in place for the Olympics".


Still doesn't detract from the main point that the Police did an excellent job of crowd control.  Th whole 4 day celebration was a great success and lifted the spirit of the whole nation.
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It was estimated that there was about a million people in the Mall and its environs yesterday to watch the procession.  Bet the transport system was under pressure getting them all home afterwards.  Wink
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try reporting it correctly not just the bits you want
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18338724
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It follows reports that volunteers from the government's work programme spent part of the night under London Bridge before Sunday's Thames pageant.
The firm involved, Close Protection UK, has apologised and said it was a "logistics error".
Downing Street called the controversy a "one-off" and welcomed the apology from the company.
The Guardian reported that volunteers bussed in from Bristol, Plymouth and Bath had to spend part of Sunday night under London Bridge, one telling the newspaper that conditions were "freezing".
They also told the newspaper that they had to change into their clothing - which included a plastic poncho for protection against the rain and high-visibility jacket - in public and had no access to toilets during the 14-hour shift.

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Close Protection UK said staff should not have been dropped off at 0300 BST with nowhere to stay, but confusion had arisen because the coach driver was two hours ahead of schedule.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4's Today programme, managing director of the company Molly Prince said it was a "logistics error" and the situation had been "exaggerated".
However she confirmed there was an employee of the firm on the coach and said she did not "agree with his decision to allow the deployment of these people into the bridge area".
"They should have been left on the coach until this director arrived on the site with the other staff members," she added.
"It was badly handled and for that we've extensively apologised. We're not in the business of exploiting free labour," she said.
But Lord Prescott has written to Home Secretary Theresa May calling on her to investigate what happened and see whether there were wider implications for the treatment of workers during the Olympics.
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Crowd Control at its finest!  Pity it is not practical at some football matches!!

We were of course talking about crowd control which the Police did excellently and deserve to be congratulated.  All part of a brilliant 4 day celebration.
On the sidetrack you mentioned,  on C4 News tonight one anonymous volunteer said he had been humiliated.  Another one who was prepared to appear on camera said he saw it as a chance to get into paid employment. The company has apologised and said it will learn lessons for the Olympics.
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