Queen Elizabeth II
Australian politicians and church leaders, including the Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell, offered their praise for Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, marking the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the British throne, reports The Australian.
Cardinal Pell gave the homily at St James' Anglican Church in Sydney at a special service held in honour of the monarch.
"It does not seem 60 years since those pre-television days in Australia when we followed her coronation in Westminster Abbey," Cardinal Pell told the packed congregation.
"Although we could only follow by radio, newsreels, newspapers and magazines, there was probably even more interest in the coronation than in the recently televised wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and that generated huge audiences around the world."
"For today, it is enough to say we are marking a remarkable event for our monarch," Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.
"She is the second person to reach the diamond jubilee anniversary. A truly remarkable event."
The Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, who is the former executive director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, also offered his congratulations.
Crowning glory of Queen's 60-year reign (The Australian)
Cardinal Pell's address at the Queen's 60th Anniversary (Media Release)
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