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Warren 11-18-2007 07:44 AM

Diamond Wedding Celebrations: November 2007

Diamond Wedding Anniversary 2007

Family Dinner at Clarence House - 18 November

Service of Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey - 19 November

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Warren 11-18-2007 08:25 AM

The first major event of the Diamond Wedding celebrations will be a dinner at Clarence House tonight hosted by the Prince of Wales,
followed tomorrow by the Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

For an overview of both events, here is a link provided by milla Ca in the 'Lead-up' thread:

The next post in this thread should hopefully be pictures of guests arriving at Clarence House.
General discussion of the anniversary prior to the start of events should be done in the Lead-up thread.

CasiraghiTrio 11-18-2007 10:08 AM

Dinner at Clarence House - Sunday 18 November 2007

Our hosts are TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Joining us:

Guests of Honor Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh....

Along with:
Prince William, Prince Harry.....
The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence;
Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly, Zara Phillips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie;
Viscount and Viscountess Linley; Daniel and Lady Sarah Chatto;
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; The Duke of Kent; Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy; Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey - Monday 19 November 2007
* Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury will lead the Blessing.
* Dame Judi Dench will read a poem by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion.
* HRH Prince William will deliver a reading from the Bible, 1 John 4: 7-16.

People invited to the service include:

* The entire Royal Family
* Prime Minister Gordon Brown
* Former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher
* Former Prime Minister Sir John Major
* Some 500 members of Royal Household staff, past and present
* HM's former private secretary Lord (Robin) and Lady (Isabelle) Janvrin
* The schoolboy choristers who sang as the Royal Wedding: Graham Lack, Peter Kirkby, David Weait, Michael Warner, Robert Turner (and others; but these five will carry candles in the procession)
* From the 1947 bridal party: The Hon. Margaret Rhodes (born Elphinstone); Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy; Prince Michael of Kent; Lady Elizabeth Longman (born Lambart)
* Betty Foster, a seamstress of HM's Wedding Dress
* Something like 20 other British couples who married on the same day and so are celebrating their diamond anniversary too
* Her Majesty's Godchildren (sadly this means that the Earl Spencer will be there; see full list)
* HRH The Duke's niece, Grand Duchess Princess Margarita of Baden
* The Margrave and Margravine of Baden
* Prince and Princess Ludwig of Baden
* The Aga Khan
* Sir David Attenborough
* Ex-King Constantine (Konstantinos) and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

The total head count: About 2,000 people expected

Following the Service, HM and HRH will unveil a new Jubilee Walkway panoramic panel in Parliament Square.

Malta - Tuesday, 20 November 2007 (the actual anniversary)
* At Barrakka Gardens, HM and HRH will meet 30 randomly selected couples who also married in 1947; they will be greeted there by Prime Minister Gonzi and will plant a tree and unveil a special plaque that will reference the anniversary.
This will be a private visit for HM and HRH before going on to Uganda for CHOGM on the following day.

Full Coverage Links
* The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond Wedding Anniversary
* Media centre > Event highlights > Diamond wedding anniversary
* The Royal Family - Telegraph

christinacg 11-18-2007 06:00 PM

Group photos from Clarence House tonight

Rice 11-18-2007 08:40 PM

Those pictures are wonderful, particularly the second one with their children.
Royalty or not, 60 years is an amazing legacy to have, and leave for your family.

marezdote 11-18-2007 09:54 PM

Will the Service of Thanksgiving be shown on TV or online?

ZandraRae 11-18-2007 10:04 PM

Wonderful photos christinacg! The entire family looks very happy! So glad we have a group photo! :flowers: Her Majesty looks breathtaking as usual. Great to see the members of the family whom we only get to glimpse at special occassions such as this.

CasiraghiTrio 11-18-2007 10:15 PM

The group photos from the CH dinner are perfect, except for surprising absence.... no Duchess of Kent there.... very cool, however, to see Autumn Kelly there, and the best one of all is The Queen and The Duke with their children. I can't remember us having a photo like that for a very long time, just The Queen, the Duke and their four children. Maybe there was one at the Golden anniversary, though.... I just don't remember it.

Three photos (for the "price" of one) showing Wessex, York, and Chief Lady arrivals.... :tongue:
The Clarence House dinner, 18 November 2007
Source: PA/AP Lewis Whyld

love_cc 11-18-2007 10:21 PM

The Duke of Kent caught a heavy cold, so she cannot attend. I enjoy the photos and the text about the dinner. The daily telegraph has becomes almost the chief official royal press.:lol:

Charles leads Queen's 60th anniversary tribute
Charles leads Queen's 60th anniversary tribute - Telegraph

Britain's Prince Charles toasts parents' anniversary with dinner

CasiraghiTrio 11-18-2007 10:41 PM


Originally Posted by love_cc (Post 694665)
The Duke of Kent caught a heavy cold, so she cannot attend.

Yeah, the Duchess had a cold, saw in the Telegraph article.... that was interesting to read....especially the menu details!

I think the dress worn by the Duchess of G is the same she wore to DC in October for the Harman Center gala.

BBC NEWS | UK | Queen and Duke mark anniversary (don't miss the enlarged group picture from the CH dinner)

ITN - Diamond wedding celebrations for royals

CasiraghiTrio 11-18-2007 11:01 PM

Monday 19 November 2007
The Queen and Prince Philip: 60th Wedding Anniversary Service at Westminster Abbey
Channel: The BBC1 (BBC One)
Time begins: 11:00 am GMT UK time
Time ends: 12:30 pm
BBC - BBC One - Homepage

bigheadshirmp 11-19-2007 12:20 AM

nice to see the extended family all in one pic....I wonder if we will get any close up shots at the royal ladies...I sort of want to see Autumn Kelly's is also mentioned in one of the article that Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips are due to marry in Windsor Castle next year?? is that confirmed ???

milla Ca 11-19-2007 02:38 AM

Thank you for posting the pics from yesterday evening and all the aricles!:flowers:
The family pics are great, i always love to see the whole Royal Family together.

Lantash 11-19-2007 04:42 AM

Photo of the Family without watermark:

Skydragon 11-19-2007 05:55 AM

Thank You for all the pictures, this official one has to be a favourite. :flowers:

BBC News | Enlarged Image

JessRulz 11-19-2007 06:20 AM

What great photos! :smile: Especially the one of the Queen and Philip with the whole family, lovely

Jo of Palatine 11-19-2007 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by JessRulz (Post 694744)
What great photos! :smile: Especially the one of the Queen and Philip with the whole family, lovely

It appears princess Beatrice has some suitable evening clothes after all!:biggrin:

carlota 11-19-2007 07:16 AM

the official portraits are great! i loved the complete family portrait. her majesty looks delightful and so does princess anne.... elegant as ever. gorgeous blue dress for eugenie as well! the colour does really suit her.

i wonder if there will be any activities with foreign royals at all, as they do in other royal houses?

Duke of Marmalade 11-19-2007 07:27 AM

Those are wonderful pictures. I know we are all mortal but I wish this couple well and many more years to come together. They are so special and great ambassadors for the monarchy. God save the Queen (and the Duke) :flowers:

sophie 11-19-2007 07:45 AM

Love in her eyes
The queen looks wonderful and you and see the love in her eyes for her family. I just love that gail on the queen!!!:wub:

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