"Neighbourliness" central to Diamond Jubilee, says Queen

Queen Elizabeth has said that “neighbourliness” will be a central focus of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The occasion will see the monarch celebrate 60 years on the throne and is set to encompass events from June 2nd to June 5th on what will be an extended weekend for Brits, who are being urged to set up their own parties in function venues around the country.

Queen Elizabeth’s encouragement for people to come together with their neighbours over the weekend came in a speech to both Houses of Parliament this week, in which she also promised to “rededicate” herself to her role, according to BBC News.

Her appearance at Westminster was marked with the presentation of a specially-commissioned stained-glass window. The item was designed by British artist John Reyntiens and was paid for by members of the two Houses.

The Telegraph reported that the monarch thanked her family for their support over the course of her reign, singling out Prince Philip for particular praise and describing him as a “constant strength” to her. She also complimented the country, highlighting the “resilience, ingenuity and tolerance” that was necessary to create it.

Despite the Diamond Jubilee celebrations being more than two months away, the Queen has already started a tour of the country to accompany the event, starting in Leicester earlier this month.