Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the Queen, highlighting her 'magnificent service' and how La Femme Prom Dresses she has guided and united the country and Commonwealth with her 'experience, dignity and quiet authority'.
He added: 'You sometimes hear people talk as if the monarchy was simply a glittering ornament, a decoration on our national life.
Celebrate: The public were treated to a lavish firework display in Greenwich, London, last night to mark the eve of Royal celebrations
Historic: Greenwich was celebrating a weekend of fireworks and celebrations to mark it becoming a royal borough The Royal Mail has also marked the Diamond Jubilee by updating the design of the 1st class stamp.Its traditional gold background has been replaced with a blue colour scheme and the words 'Diamond Jubilee' highlighted in iridescent ink.
The stamp will revert back to its original design in 2013 but is likely to become a collectors’ item with both the public and avid philatelists.It is one of six 1st class definitive stamps - all featuring official portraits of the Queen - being issued today to mark the monarch’s milestone
'That misunderstands our constitution and it under-estimates our Queen. Always dedicated, always resolute and always respected, she is a source of wisdom and continuity.'When the Queen acceded to the throne as a young woman following the death of her father on February 6 1952, the country was almost unrecognisable from today.
Britain was still gripped by rationing, and the country bore the scars of six years of war against the Nazis.
Five years earlier, during a visit to South Africa, on her 21st birthday - April 21 - she had vowed to serve the Commonwealth.Princess Elizabeth, as she was then, said: 'I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.'
The Queen, obviously conscious of this pledge, said in her message released today: 'I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.'In a BBC interview, Lady Cheap La Femme Sale Penn, a friend of the Queen since they were both 20, summed up the monarch's qualities.
'She's got a very deep faith which is, I think, very important in her life. She's very kind. She has a lot of common sense and great wisdom, she really has.
'Somebody said to me the other day that she has been the still small voice of calm in a really social revolution in this country over the last 60 years - and she has.'
A collection of rare royal photographs by Cecil Beaton will be on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for its Diamond Jubilee exhibition from this week.The 60 photographs on show alongside the photographer's diaries and letters include behind the scenes shots of the day of the Coronation in 1953 and contact style 17507 la femme of scenes such as wartime bomb damage at Buckingham Palace. There is also rare colour footage of Coronation day and an amusingly reverential TV announcement of the birth of Prince Charles.Beaton, who died in 1980, initially photographed the Queen Mother, who then recommended him to her daughter. Graceful: The late photographer Cecil Beaton shot this picture entitled: the Queen in Coronation Robes, in June 1953. It is now part of a 60-print show to mark the Diamond Jubilee at the V&A Museum in London Diamond Jubilee exhibition: The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1945, left, and in 1960 with Prince Andrew, right. The article resource come from www.cheaplafemmepromdresses.com