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Diamond Jubilee celebrations end with thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee celebrations end with thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedralby

Queen Elizabeth II attended the final day of Diamond Jubilee celebrations Tuesday, including a thanksgiving service at St Paul's cathedral

LONDON, United Kingdom -- Four days of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne concluded on Tuesday with a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, a ceremonial carriage procession and a wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Millions watched the Jubilee celebrations but the splendour was marred by the absence of the Queen's consort as 90-year-old Prince Philip remained in hospital with a bladder infection. The palace said the Prince was kept under observation for a few days as a "precautionary" measure.

During the thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, praised the Queen for bringing happiness to the nation.

"We are marking six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found," the Archbishop said in his sermon.

He told the congregation that the Queen's decision to devote her life to others has "endured faithfully, calmly and generously".

The Queen was set to close the Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a televised address to the nation. Her message of thanks was recorded on Monday and scheduled to be broadcast on television at 6pm BST (1700 GMT, 1300 EDT).

Other than the annual Christmas Day broadcasts, the 86-year-old monarch has rarely spoken directly to the nation.

The palace confirmed the two-minute address would also be made available on the Royal Channel on YouTube.

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