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Message for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

June 05, 2012

Your Majesty, on the historic occasion of your diamond jubilee, Michelle and I send you and all the British people and members of the Commonwealth the heartfelt congratulations of the American people. In war and in peace, in times of plenty and in times of hardship, the United States and the United Kingdom have shared a special relationship. We've stood tall and strong, and together we've faced some of the greatest challenges this world has known. And while many presidents and prime ministers have come and gone, Your Majesty's reign has endured. As I said last year at Buckingham Palace, that makes Your Majesty both a living witness to the power of our alliance and a chief source of its resilience. As a steadfast ally, loyal friend, and tireless leader, Your Majesty has set an example of resolve that will be long celebrated. As we work together to build a better future for he next generation, it is gratifying to know that the bonds between our nations remain indispensable to our two countries, and to the world.

In honor of your 60 extraordinary years on the throne, communities across the Commonwealth have lit thousands of jubilee beacons. May the light of Your Majesty's crown continue to reign supreme for many years to come.

Barack Obama, Message for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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