Synonyms of ‘endless’ (meaning ‘having no limit’ or ‘a very large number’) are highlighted in bold throughout. Watch the short videos to help with understanding the text. You can hear what the SGI teachers think about the Royal Family, in our new series of podcasts of real, unscripted, natural conversation. HRH The Queen reached 60 years on the throne last week, which is only the second time a monarch has achieved this in world history. The Diamond Jubilee was marked by a week of celebrations which showed that Elizabeth II has boundless energy and an unceasing commitment to service. It all began with a record breaking flotilla on The River Thames. A seemingly endless number of boats, rumoured to be over 1,000, followed the Queen’s barge past world-famous London landmarks. Despite the ceaseless rain, there were thousands of people with undampened spirit cheering her Majesty from the banks of The Thames. There was an abundant outpouring of positive emotion for The Queen as an immeasurable number of well-wishers thronged on to The Mall outside Buckingham Palace to sing ‘God Save The Queen’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and chant ‘We Want The Queen’. However, unlike her unending reign, the Queen chose to keep her Jubilee Speech short and sweet.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Speech
“The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere. But Prince Philip and I want to take this opportunity to offer our special thanks and appreciation to all those who have had a hand in organising these Jubilee celebrations. It has been a massive challenge, and I am sure that everyone who has enjoyed these festive occasions realises how much work has been involved. I hope that memories of all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come. I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you all.” The Diamond Jubilee Concert held in honour of the Queen was a different matter though. An untold number of stars with never-ending careers (Yes, I’m talking about you Elton John, Paul McCartney & Kylie Minogue) did their same-old, same-old routines to a crowd that gave the biggest cheer of the night to the most enduring rock star of them all, The Queen herself.