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THE Queen has pledged to carry on in the ser­vice of the UK and its peo­ple as she reaches her Di­a­mond Ju­bilee.

Speak­ing to Par­lia­ment, she said the cel­e­bra­tion of her 60 years on the throne was a chance “to come to­gether in a spirit of neigh­bourli­ness and cel­e­bra­tion”.

The Queen also praised Prince Philip for his “con­stant strength”.

Hun­dreds of dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing PM David Cameron and Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Rowan Wil­liams, lis­tened to the speech, which was greeted with a stand­ing ova­tion.

The Queen paid trib­ute to Bri­tish virtues of “re­silience, in­ge­nu­ity and tol­er­ance” and added: “I have been priv­i­leged to wit­ness some of that his­tory and, with the sup­port of my fam­ily, reded­i­cate my­self to the ser­vice of our great coun­try and its peo­ple now and in the years to come.”

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