No rest for Queen even as Diamond Jubilee tour ends
Queen Elizabeth is greeted by the locals on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday in Cowes, England. It was the final stop on the Diamond Jubilee tour for the monarch and Prince Philip. (Getty Images)
Officially, the Diamond Jubilee tour is at an end, but the Queen's marathon travels are far from over.
The Queen, looking very peachy in her Stewart Pavin outfit, started the day with a 21-gun salute on the Isle of Wight and wound it up by presenting prizes at a farm show in New Forest.
The monarch began the celebrations of her 60 years on the throne in March, undertaking to visit every region of the UK while some of the younger clan travelled to other parts of the Commonwealth. Since then, she has tallied 83 public engagements and now steps aside as the Olympics gets the lion's share of the spotlight the next several weeks.
But, even at 86 years old, she can probably show the Games athletes a thing or two about stamina. On Friday, she will officially open the Games, then she and Prince Philip will take in some swimming heats at Olympic Park.
Their Saturday schedule includes a visit to the athletes' village to do a little morale boosting with Team Great Britain. The high point, literally, will be a visit to the Orbit Tower in Olympic Park (right). The 115-metre tall structure has been billed as London's answer to the Paris's Eiffel Tower, but that comparison hardly seems justified.
The tower, designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, cost $36.5 million and sits beside the main Olympic stadium. To some, looks like a rollercoaster. To others, it is art. To others, a head-scratching puzzle. It was also nominated for the Carbuncle Cup, an annual UK award for worst architecture.
Nevertheless, at the top, visitors get a 32-kilometre view of the English landscape on a nice day. The Queen, Prince Philip and their daughter Princess Anne will be taking it all in along with London mayor Boris Johnson.
If that's not enough to take in for the day, the Queen will then head to London City Airport to help mark its 25th anniversary. Measured against the Queen's 60 years, perhaps it's the airport that should be honouring the Queen.
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