Manila, Philippines – THE people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland celebrated Queen’s Day, her Diamond Jubilee and 86th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The holiday also marked The Queen’s ascension to the throne in 1952.
The Queen’s Official Birthday is celebrated on the first, second, or, in rare cases, third Saturday of June. In the absence of a single and official National Day, Queen’s Day can be regarded as the country’s National Day in some contexts. In a message to the nation, The Queen said she considered her Diamond Jubilee as a humbling experience because of the millions of people celebrating the occasion.
Elizabeth II was born in London, the elder daughter of King George VI and Lady Elizabeth Bowles-Lyon. In 1944, she served as a Councilor of State while her father was on the war front in Italy. She married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on November 20, 1947, and a year later gave birth to a son, Charles. The Royal Couple has four children and seven grandchildren.
Queen Elizabeth has managed to maintain a division between her public and private life. She is the first monarch to send her children to boarding schools. Also Head of the Commonwealth, she has a strong sense of duty and diligence and dispatches her official business with great candor, efficiency, and dignity. Her knowledge of current events and trends is impressively up to date. In addition to carrying out significant constitutional functions, The Queen serves as a living symbol of national unity, taking on duties such as presiding at ceremonial occasions, visiting local communities, and representing Britain around the world.
We greet the people and government of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland led by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and Their Excellencies, Prime Minister David William Donald Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas William Peter Clegg, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Gideon Oliver Osborne, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Jefferson Hague, and its Embassy in the Philippines headed by H.E., Ambassador Stephen Lillie, on the occasion of its Queen’s Day. The Manila Bulletin led by its Chairman Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Officers and Staff, wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!
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