Today’s celebrations include church bells ringing out across the country and the BT Tower in London will scroll the message “Long May She Reign”. At noon, a flotilla of boats set off down the River Thames, Tower Bridge was lifted and as the procession passed the HMS Belfast, a four-gun salute sounded out.
“Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe,” Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said today.”It is only right that today we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country.”
It was mostly business as usual today for the Queen. She and Prince Philip traveled from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh, where they opened the longest new rail line built in the U.K. in more than a century. After later returning to the castle, she is expected to have dinner with members of her family.