85 year old Queen Elizabeth II braved 20 degree weather and snow to attend a local 45 minute church service near Sandringham House in Norfolk today for prayer to begin her Diamond Jubilee, or 60th year on the throne. Her father George VI died there at Sandringham in 1952 on February 6th. The Queen and royal family even managed a 15 minute walk about receiving flowers and good wishes from the brave souls who were there in the record cold weather for England.
The Queen's Jubilee Year symbol or emblem was chosen from 35,000 entries in a contest sponsored by the Jubilee Trust and Blue Peter, an English children's program. The winner was Katherine Dewar of Chester. There is a neat video about the contest, winning design and Katherine at the following link: