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December 18, 2012

Queen Marks Diamond Jubilee at 10 Downing

by VOA News

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has attended a meeting of the British Cabinet to mark her diamond jubilee, believed to be the first such meeting attended by a British monarch in at least 100 years.
 
Marking the 60th year of her reign, the queen attended the meeting at British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence at 10 Downing Street in London where she was greeted by the Cabinet members and their staffs.
 
She sat next to the prime minister during the abbreviated meeting.
 
The government said the queen attended Tuesday's meeting as an observer, not as a contributor, in honor of her 60 years on the throne.
 
She left the meeting after about 30 minutes to tour the Foreign Ministry with Foreign Secretary William Hague.
 
The queen's visit has raised some eyebrows for appearing to blur the traditional line between government and monarchy.
 
As head of state, the queen performs some ceremonial and formal duties related to government but must remain neutral on political matters.