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Queen Elizebeth II Celebrates Silver Jubilee - 1977

Thursday, June 7, 2007

On June 7th 1977 more than one million people lined the streets of London to watch the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's at the start of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Despite the rain thousands camped out over night to try to get a better view of the procession as it made its way down the Mall and through Trafalgar Square, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill.

At St Paul's 2,700 specially selected guests, including politicians and other heads of state joined in the ceremony which began with Ralph Vaughan Williams' arrangement of the hymn "All people that on earth do dwell" which was played at the Queen's coronation in 1953.

Across Britain millions of people tuned in to watch events on the television and many more celebrated with their own street parties. Roads were quiet and many took the day off work.

The following video was shot during the Queen's street walk tour of Hull by a 16yo girl, originally on 8mm film. Watch out for the great shot of her white gloved royal wave.

In contrast to the celebrations punk band the Sex Pistols sailed down the Thames on Jubilee Day playing their controversial version of "God save the Queen".

Radio stations were banned from playing the single but it still managed to reach number two in the charts. The group were arrested as they left the boat but had achieved their aim of distracting people from the main celebrations.

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