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Flags, carriages and silly hats: Finishing touches for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Union Flags fly along The Mall near Buckingham Palace in London, on May 29, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Union Flags fly along The Mall near Buckingham Palace in London, on May 29, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images

A woman poses for a photograph in front of a floral crown that has been installed in St James's Park in central London on May 29, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The crown took five weeks to construct, weighs five tonnes and has the blooms of 13,500 plants.
A woman poses for a photograph in front of a floral crown that has been installed in St James's Park in central London on May 29, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The crown took five weeks to construct, weighs five tonnes and has the blooms of 13,500 plants.Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images

From unique prints to fabulous hats, the British monarch's fashion choices often show a sense of fun. Take a look through Queen Elizabeth II's signature looks over the years.
From unique prints to fabulous hats, the British monarch's fashion choices often show a sense of fun. Take a look through Queen Elizabeth II's signature looks over the years.Getty Images

 From Reuters:  Almost half of Britons believe Britain has changed for the worse during Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign but most think that celebrations to mark her sixth decade on the throne will be good for business and Britain's character, according to a new poll.

 Huge crowds are expected to celebrate 86-year-old Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee next week, which is expected to be marked by a concert at Buckingham Palace, a procession through London and a 1,000-strong flotilla along the River Thames.

 An ITV News/ComRes poll found that 47 percent of those surveyed thought that Britain was not as good a place as before her reign, and just over half said they would not go to a jubilee street party or other celebration.

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