New Zealand celebrates jubilee
Sun, 03 Jun 2012 3:31p.m.
Nelson will be alive with the sound of music this afternoon to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign.
Christchurch Cathedral is putting on a Diamond Jubilee Choral Evensong, starting at 5pm.
While celebrations in New Zealand may be rather more subdued than the royal pomp on display in London, chair of Monarchy New Zealand Sean Palmer says the Queen is still relevant down under.
“The royals are there for this country,” he says. “They also serve a larger constitutional purpose and that’s possibly where their real strength is.
“They are an important part of this country’s constitutional structure and a safeguard of its democracy in general.”
Overnight tonight 1000 boats, including a New Zealand waka, will escort the Royal Party down London's River Thames.
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5/06/2012 8:38:52 p.m.
James, why is it a waste of time. Do you even realise that the British and all other countries of the Commonwealth have the Queen as our sovereign but govern themselves? That we're citizens! Oh and to top it all off, she does not have executive power like a President does. Stop being ungrateful and if you need someone to blame then blame your own government; you know, the one we have elected into power and not the Queen.
3/06/2012 6:42:46 p.m.
What a waste of time! Monarchy should be long gone from our lives, completely! time for adult behaviour now real world, real life and real work to be done! enough is enough of this crap!
3/06/2012 4:21:27 p.m.
just a pity the PM was not even born then??
3/06/2012 3:43:34 p.m.
I'll be watching the river pageant live on TV tonight, can't wait!
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