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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Remote islanders join Jubilee party

The tiny archipelago of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic will be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
The tiny archipelago of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic will be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Princess Elizabeth with her first child, Prince Charles in December 1948, by Cecil Beaton
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Andrew in March 1960 by Cecil Beaton
THE ROYAL FAMILY AT BALMORAL CASTLE ON THE OCCASION QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND PRINCE PHILIP'S 32ND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
1959: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, stand with Prince Charles and Princess Anne at the top of the East Terrace Garden steps at Windsor Castle. PA Photo.
1982: Four generations of the Royal Family. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles watch as the Queen Mother holds Prince William at his christening at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret riding a rocking horse at St. Paul's Waldenbury in August 1932
Princess Elizabeth of York with lilies in 1929
File photo dated 20/11/1947 of bride Princess Elizabeth (now Britain's Queen Elizabeth II) and the groom, the newly-created Duke of Edinburgh, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.
File photo dated 20/11/1947 Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh with their eight bridesmaids in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Princess Elizabeth as Colonel of the Grenadier Guardsi n 1942, taken by Cecil Beaton
Princess Elizabeth of York in 1927
File photo dated 20/11/1947 of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey on their wedding day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Previously unseen handout photograph of the Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth and Glen, 1930. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH(THE QUEEN MOTHER) AND THEIR DAUGHTER PRINCESS ELIZABETH AND PRINCESS MARGARET ARRIVE AT ST.MARAGRET'S WESTMINISTER FOR THE WEDDINGOF THE QUEEN CONSORT'S NIECE MS ANNE BOWES-LYONS TO LORD ANSON IN 1938. APRIL 28TH 1938
1948: Princess Elizabeth - later to become Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - holds her son, the Pince of Wales, after his christening ceremony in Buckingham Palace. PA Photo.
QUEEN ELIZABETH ARRIVING WITH PRINCESS ELIZABETH AGED NEARL 11 AT CENTRAL HALL, WESTMINSTER ON APRIL 6TH 1937 FOR THE CORONATION CONCERT FOR CHILDREN.
ROYAL Queen/George VI Coronation...File photo dated 12/5/1937 of Britain's Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) with her eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth (later the Queen) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after the coronation of King George VI....A
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. Princess Elizabeth 1945 Visit.The Royal visit to belfast, the Royal party consisting of Princess Elizabeth and the Queen mother, are escorted to the City Hall by the Lord Mayor and the Town Clerk, Mr John Dunlop. 18/7/1945
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. Princess Elizabeth 1945 Visit.The Royal visit, Lisburn Princess Elizabeth with Scouts at Wallace Park, shaking hands with scoutmaster H. Scott.. 18/7/1945
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1954 visit.Smiling, the Queen is just about to step on to Ulster soil from the R.A.F. Viking in which she made the flight from Scotland. Lord Wakehurst waits to welcome her. 17/8/1954
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1954 visit.When she arrived at Aldergrove the Queen inspected a guard of honour mounted by the R.A.F. As she passed doen the line she was accompained by Flt-Lt. A.S.Bouttell, who commanded the guard. 17/8/1954
Thousands of eyes leave the Queen for a monemt as she pulls a lever, the swinging bottles smashes against the bow and the Southern Cross is launched at the Queen's Yard, Belfast. 17/8/1954
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1961 visit.The Queen casts a sharp shadow as she steps out in brilliant subshine at Bangor. August 1961
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1961 visit.Another summer shower as Captain Terence O'Neill, then Minister of Finance. accompanies. August 1961
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1961 visit.Staff line the walkway on the Queens visit to ICT. August 1961
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1961 visit.A Mr Kelly holds the Queen's Attention at Feldon House, Whitehouse. August 1961
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh inspect the array of Somme veterans at Balmoral Showgrounds. 5/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Rev T H Witherow is presented to the Queen by Prime Minister Captain Terence O'Neill. 5/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.On arrival at Balmoral, the Queen is greeted by Prime Minister, Captain Terence O'Neill. 5/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen unveiling a plaque to officially open the new Queens University, Malone Playing Fielfs at Upper Malone, Belfast. 5/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen and the Lord mayor of Belfast, Alderman Major William Geddis, at the City Hall. 4/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen waves to the cheering crowd as she walks across the Queen Elizabeth Bridge after sutting the tape for the official opening. 4/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen points out a feature of the new Queen's University playing fields, before she enters Malone Clun house, with the Duke of Edinburth. 5/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.A section of the crowd who attended the garden party at Hillsborough for the Queen and the Duke. 5/7/1966
20/09/67 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the launch of the QE2.
05/06/1961 American President John F Kennedy (right) and his wife Jacqueline (second from left) pictured with Queen Elizabeth II (second from right) and the Duke of Edinburgh (left) at Buckingham Palace, in London.
Portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, wearing a dress designed by Hardy Amies for the State Visit to Germany in 1965.
Investiture of Prince of Wales...1969: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II invests her oldest son as Prince of Wales in a ceremony at Caernarvon Castle. PA Photo
Queen Elizabeth 11. NI Visit. Coleraine. 1977.The Queen looking radiant as she meets children, at the Youth Festival, during her tour of the university at Coleraine. 11/8/1977
Queen Elizabeth II:The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended a service to mark her Silver Jubilee, at St Paul's Cathedral. 7/7/1977
Queen Elizabeth II:The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended a service to mark her Silver Jubilee, at St Paul's Cathedral. Face to face with smiles.. the Queen meets on of her subjects. 7/7/1977
Queen Elizabeth II:Visit to N.Ireland August 1977.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II DURING HER VISIT TO MAURITIUSTUESDAY OCTOBER 31ST 1972
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen shelters from the rain as she opens the new Queen's University playing fields at Upper Malone. On the right is Tyrone Guthrie, Chancellor of the University. Holding the umbrella is Ranger James Chasty. 5/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.Mr John Finlay carries the Belfast Corporation mace in the reverse position as he leads the Queen and party over the bridge. The mace is reversed when the Sovereign is present. 4/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen cuts the tape to mark the official opening of the new Queens Bridge. With her is Alderman J. F. Cairns, chairman of the Belfast Corporation improvement committee. 4/7/1966
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1966 visit.The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with the Governor, Lord Erskine, before leaving Aldergrove for Belfast to open the new Queen Elizabeth Bridge. 4/7/1966
The Queen's visit to Northern Ireland: August 1961. Queen Elizabeth II and Captain Terence O'Neill on the drawbridge at Carrickfergus Castle. (08/08/1961)Queen Elizabeth. Visit
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.The Queen and Duke chat with two traditional Lambeg drummers on the steps of Government House, Hillsborough. 1/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.After sailing up the Foyle from Lisahally, the Queen disembarked at Derry. 3/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.The Mayor of Coleraine (Major J.D. Christie) introduces the children to Her Majesty. 3/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.The Queen and Duke, with The Governor, Lady Wakehurst, The Prime Minister and lady Brookeborough, chat with two traditional Lambeg drummers on the steps of Government House, Hillsborough. 1/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.The Queen and the Duke, accompanied by the Chancellor (Lord Alanbrooke) and the Vice-Chancellor (Dr Eric Ashby) Walked in procession to the Whitla Hall. 2/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.Following the example of many previous Royal visitors, the Queen and the Duke planted trees in the grounds of Government House, Hillsbouough. 3/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.When the Queen and the Duke visited Ballymena it was a very big moment for this little girl, nine-year-old Eileen Roberta Sinpson, the daughter of the then Town Clerk, Mr John Simpson. 3/7/1953
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.Councillor George Moore is presented to the Queen and the Duke at Lisburn during the 1953 Royal visit. 1/7/1953
File photo dated 01/07/1958 of Queen Elizabeth II at Rothes Colliery, Fifeshire, where she made her first descent of a coal mine. She spent half and hour underground. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 18/04/1959 of Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Princess Margaret going out for their morning ride in Badminton Great Park before the start of the day's events in the Badminton Horse Trials. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 14/09/1955 of Princess Anne helping her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, fit the bridle to the pony 'Greensleeves', the the grounds of Balmoral Castle during the Royal family's summer holiday in Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 30/07/1966 of England captain Bobby Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy, collected from the Queen, after leading his team to a 4-2 victory over West Germany, in an exciting World Cup Final that went to extra time at Wembley, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 08/11/1960 of Queen Elizabeth holding Prince Andrew during an outing in the grounds at Balmoral, Scotland, where the Royal Family are on holiday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 13/06/1970 of Queen Elizabeth II taking the salute as the Scots Guards marched past at Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade marking her official birthday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 16/12/1977 of Queen Elizabeth II arriving at Heathrow Central station in London in the driver's cab of a Tube Train, when she officially opened the Piccadilly Line extension linking Heathrow Airport with London's underground railway system. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 07/02/1982 of Queen Elizabeth II, at her desk in the study of Sandringham House, her Norfolk home, where she marked her 30th anniversary of her accession to the throne. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 07/04/1989 of Queen Elizabeth II pointing out portraits lining the walls of the Waterloo Chamber to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and his wife Raisa, at Windsor Castle, during their two-day visit to Britain. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 26/03/1987 of Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia at Claridge's Hotel where he gave a banquet. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 09/03/1987 of Queen Elizabeth II meeting the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu at a Commonwealth Day Reception at Marlborough House, London, with Sir Shridath Ramphal, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, looking on. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
File photo dated 28/05/1982 of Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II meeting at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
File photo dated 28/02/1985 of Queen Elizabeth II with proprietor Rupert Murdoch (left) at The Times newspaper building at Grays Inn Road, London, to mark the paper's bicentenary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 02/06/1953 of Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, in the Royal Coach as it neared Trafalgar Square, London on the route to Westminster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
File photo dated 20/11/1972 of Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary in the Belgian suite in Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
31st October 1979: Members of the British Monarchy watching their corgis swim in a wood (left to right); The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne and Peter Phillips, holding his mother's hand. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Royal engagement...File photo dated 02/06/53 of Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation in Westminster, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
2/6/1952 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II following her coronation. . The date of the Queen's coronation was chosen so as not to clash with the Derby or fall on an unlucky day, documents released today reveal. The crowning of the Monarch on June 2, 1953 proved to be a milestone in modern British history and with an estimated viewing audience of 20 million, ushered in the age of the major televised event.
12/03/1954 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the steps of the veranda at O'Shannassy Chalet, Warburton, where they enjoyed a weekend of privacy during their Australian tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
The official portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth by Baron in 1957. The Queen wears a crinoline-style gown by Norman Hartnell with the Vladimir Tiara and the Cambridge Emerald Necklace.
File photo dated 02/06/1953 of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Coronation Day.
Anniversary of historic telephone call marked.The first long-distance phone call made without the help of an operator, by Britian's Queen Elizabeth II on December 5, 1958, with The Duke of Edinburgh watching (right) at the central telephone exchange in Bristol, to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, marking the 50th anniversary of the event. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
WINSTON CHURCHILL MEETS QUEEN ELIZABETH II
ROYAL Queen/Speech...PA file photo dated 31/12/53 of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II making her Christmas broadcast to the peoples of the British Commonwealth from Government House, Auckland, New Zealand....A
The Queen and Prince Phillip leave St Annes catherdral with Dean Houston McKelvey after the Jubilee Service this morning. May 2002Picture by Mervyn Dowling
Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) arrive at St Pancras station, before boarding a train to visit the city of Leicester, on March 8, 2012 in London, England. The royal visit to Leicester marks the first date of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK between March 8 and July 25, 2012. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, accompained by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, delivers her speech in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on May 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh take a ride on the Yellow Duck and amphibious vehicle during a visit to Merseyside Maritime Museum
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II takes a ride on the Yellow Duck amphibious vehicle around Albert Dock during a visit to Merseyside Maritime Museum (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Queen Elizabeth II shares a joke with Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards (L) at Home Park on May 19, 2012 in Windsor, England. Over 2500 troops took part in the Diamond Jubilee Muster in Home Park. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles st reads Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Official Biography'in a living room at Birkhall the Scottish home of the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Royal family pause after Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Saturday April 9, 2005. Britain's Prince Harry (centre) stands between Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh (R) along with his brother Prince William (R Rear) following a Service of Prayer and Dedication at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Prince Andrew, HRH The Prince Edward and HRH The Princess Anne in front of Balmoral Castle, Scotland during the Royal Family's annual summer holiday in September 1971. (Photo by Lichfield/Getty Images).
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II at Winfield House - the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America - in Regent's Park, London, as part of the President's State Visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION
The Royal Wedding...Queen Elizabeth II is flanked by Carole Middleton (left)and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall after the wedding ceremony Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16: Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Andrew and Sarah Duchess of York at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The Queen with Prince Andrew
Prince of Wales 60th Birthday 20/11/72 of (left to right) the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo
Royal Variety Performance...BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 7: Queen Elizabeth II meets singer Lady Gaga following the Royal Variety Performance (Photo by Leon Neal/ WPA Pool /Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout to celebrate her 80th birthday in Windsor.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets broadcasters Chris Evans and Jo Whiley (R) during a visit to the BBC's Broadcasting House in London on the day before her 80th birthday. Thursday 20 April, 2006.
06/05/08f Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receiving celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre) at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, where she met around 300 members and workers from the Territorial Army during a reception to mark the group's centenary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Royal school in Armagh, where she was guest of honour at a reception held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the five Royal schools of Ulster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Prince of Wales 60th Birthday 21/04/65 (left to right) the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets William King from Northern Ireland, Tuesday December 7, 2004, who was invited for his services to competition ploughing at a Christmas reception at Buckingham Palace.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets former South African President Nelson Mandela at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II watches the antics of Tommy Mattinson, the world Gurning champion, during a visit to Whitehaven, England, Thursday June 5 2008.(AP Photo)
The Royal Wedding...(From left - right) Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry greet the crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks where few other visitors are allowed, among the famed terracotta warriors in Xian, China, Oct. 16, 1986. (AP Photo/Peter Bregg)
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1991 visit.The Queen chats to local people during the garden party at Hillsborough. June 1991.
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1991 visit.The Queen smiles broadly at an incident that caught her eye. June 1991.
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1993 visit.The Queen dons a practical cape and a large black umbrella to face the dreadful downpour during the Hillsborough garden party. June 1993
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1995 visit.The Queen is welcomed by well-wishers on her walk across the new Lagan Bridge. March 1995
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1997 visit.The Queen turns her practised hand to tree planting at Hillsborough Castle. 11/6/1997
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with Irish President Mary McAleese after arriving at Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Queen Elizabeth II and Lt Gen SÈan McCann, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces inspecting a guard of honour before departing from Cork Airport after the four day State Visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right) stand with Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese (second right) as they arrive for a reception and performance at the Dublin Convention Centre on the third day of the Queen's State visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
Queen Elizabeth II (centre) watches the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
02/09/06 Queen Elizabeth II and her son, the Prince of Wales attending the Braemar Highland Games at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Aberdeenshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Margarethe II of Denmark (left) is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at a lunch for Sovereign Monarchs held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at a lunch for Sovereign Monarch's held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II views a Jubilee cake made by Paul Farrant (hidden) and Mr P Roberts (right) during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster in Windsor, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
21/04/1965 Prince Andrew offering his brother Prince Edward a daffodil watched by his mother the Queen, his brother and sister the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne and father the Duke of Edinburgh on the grounds at Frogmore on the Queen's 39th birthday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
21/04/1965 Prince Andrew at the handle of the pram rocks Prince Edward, watched by (left to right) his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, the Prince of Wales, and his father, the Duke of Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
24/02/1979 Queen Elizabeth II with Shaikh Zaid bin Sultan al-Nahayyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates, and the Crown Prince (left) on board the British Royal Yacht Britannia for dinner. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
01/07/1977 Queen Elizabeth II talking to Britain's Virginia Wade after presenting her with the trophy as Women's Singles Champion. Wade beat Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6 6-3 6-1. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
13/06/1981 Queen Elizabeth II leading the procession to the Trooping of the Colour which took place on Horse Guards Parade in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. I
23/11/1986 Queen Elizabeth II (centre front) surrounded by forty Prime Ministers and Presidents of the Commonwealth after the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in New Delhi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
13/10/1986 Queen Elizabeth II and President Li Xiannian drinking a toast at a banquet in Beijing. The Queen was the first British Monarch to ever visit mainland China. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
01/01/2000 Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Tony Blair joins wife Cherie, singing 'Auld Lang Syne' during midnight celebrations to welcome in the new year at the Millennium Dome, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION
01/01/2000 Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Tony Blair raise their glasses as midnight strikes during the Opening Celebrations at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
02/06/1953 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at her Coronation which took place in Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
17/5/1980 Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
31/12/1999 Queen Elizabeth II lights a beacon floating in the Thames as she travels by boat to the Millennium Dome at Greenwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
07/06/1977 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the open landau as they drive on the return processional drive to Buckingham Palace after lunch at the Guildhall to celebrate the Silver Jubilee. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
26/10/1982 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh taking photographs during their visit to the South Sea Islands of Tuvalu. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
18/11/10 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wearing 3D glasses to watch a display and pilot a JCB digger during a visit to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
01/09/1972 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrating their Silver Wedding anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II looks at dancers during her visit to Chester Zoo as part of her visit to the north west. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Her Majesty the Queen presents the George Cross to Constable Paul Slaine, who lost both legs in am IRA attack in 1992. April 2000Picture by Mervyn Dowling
Queen Elizabeth II and GAA President Christy Cooney (centre) meet players during a tour of Croke Park, Dublin, during the second day of her State Visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II during the wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, Dublin on the first day of her State Visit to Ireland.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to guests by Provost Dr John Hegarty in the Long Room, during a tour at Trinity College in Dublin. Photo byJohn Stillwell/PA Wire
(Left - right) President of the Irish Republic Mary McAleese, Queen Elizabeth II and GAA President Christy Cooney at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Julien Behal/PA Wire.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II listens to the story of the traditional Irish Harp, from Harpist Siobhan Armstrong who was playing during a tour at Trinity College in Dublin, this afternoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Irish President Mary McAleese listen to live classical music as they arrive at the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

As millions of people around the world prepare to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a community comprising just a few hundred revellers living in virtual isolation in the South Atlantic is keen to make sure it does not miss out on the party.

Residents on the tiny archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, a British territory, will mark the Jubilee by lighting a beacon made of invasive non-native plants which pose a significant threat to its precious wildlife unless treated.

The islands, the most remote on the planet at more than 1,500 miles (2,414km) from the nearest land mass of St Helena, are inhabited by 262 people, many of which farm the land. The other main source of income to the community is its lobster factory.

But islanders are keen to capitalise on an excuse to celebrate by burning the invasive plants which are posing a danger to existing native wildlife.

Chief islander Ian Laverollo said: "Invasive species are the greatest threat to wildlife on the island and the best way to get rid of the plants we clear is by burning them. When we realised the work would coincide with the Queen's Jubilee we thought we should use the opportunity to celebrate. There are already lots of festivities happening here to celebrate, but this is perhaps the most important.

"You don't get more patriotic than saving UK wildlife on the Queen's Jubilee, so we decided to make the occasion by lighting a beacon made from all the plants we remove. It will be another step towards restoring the natural habitat surrounding the 262 people who live on Tristan da Cunha, so that's another reason to celebrate."

A number of species including the New Zealand Christmas Tree, loganberry and other invasive plantlife have been cut down in anticipation of today's event, with islanders keen to burn the vegetation in order to wipe out the risk of it threatening sea bird nesting sites.

With funding from the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP), the RSPB is working with the Tristan Conservation Department to minimise the impacts of invasive plants, including trialling chemical control. More than 40% of Tristan da Cunha is conserved for rare birds, plants and other wildlife found exclusively on the islands.

Tim Stowe, the RSPB's director of international operations, said: "The overseas territories hold 85% of the UK's globally threatened species, an assortment of wildlife, from penguins to parrots and hummingbirds to seabirds and whales - and the UK Government has an obligation to protect it all.

"Lighting a beacon made of invasive species that threaten the rare and beautiful wildlife on Tristan, such as the endemic Tristan flightless moth, is a brilliant idea from the community."

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