More than one million people crowded the streets of London to watch the Royal Family make their way to St Paul’s at the start of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations on 7 June 1977.
In spite of the rain, thousands sleep outdoors out overnight to try to get a glimpse of the procession as it made its way down the Mall and through Trafalgar Square, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill.
At St Paul’s 2,700 guests, including politicians and other heads of state attended the ceremony.
The celebration began with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ arrangement of the hymn “All people that on earth do dwell” which was performed in 1953 at the Queen’s coronation.
Across the country millions of royal watchers gathered around their television sets to watch the ceremony or attended street parties to join in the merriment.
Her Majesty spoke at the Corporation of London lunch at the Guildhall after the ceremony at St Paul’s. The Queen commented:
“I want to thank all those in Britain and the Commonwealth who through their loyalty and friendship have given me strength and encouragement during these last 25 years. My thanks go also to the many thousands who have sent me messages of congratulations on my silver jubilee, that and their good wishes for the future.”
After the luncheon, the Royal Family thrilled the gathered crowds as they appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.