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Press revels in jubilee spectacle

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The spectacle of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Celebrations, and what their success means for the British monarchy, are the focus of all UK newspapers.

The Daily Mail, under the headline: "Warmth and love rose up from the throng," said on Tuesday: "The day was hers in all its glory. And she stood quite still, a tiny speck among a rhapsody of red, white and blue.

"Below and in front of her an event as magical and magnificent as the Golden Jubilee itself was unfurling before her captivated eyes -- Britain was rediscovering the land of hope and glory."

In an editorial, the newspaper said: "How the sour anti-Royalists in The Guardian newspaper and elsewhere have been confounded.

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"They were convinced that the occasion would be a flop, that the House of Windsor was no longer capable of inspiring the loyalties it once did and that anyway the concept of royalty was passe in Cool Britannia.

"Yes, the House of Windsor has had it tribulations. But the Royal Family today seems more at ease with itself than in recent years. And it must be said, we are more at ease with it. The Throne is secure."

The Daily Express, under the headline: "Golden girl," said: "In an explosion of jubilation and a mighty chorus of loyalty, more than one million people yesterday hemmed themselves round Buckingham Palace in scenes not witnessed since the end of the Second World War."

The newspaper said it had been a carnival to rival Rio or anywhere in the world.

In an editorial the newspaper said: "The Palace has changed, shrewdly and gently. That she was prepared to hold a pop concert in the grounds of the Palace and appear on stage next to rock stars such as Ozzy Osbourne was one sign of this.

"Another was the spectacle of Prince Charles addressing his mother publicly as 'mummy' and kissing her warmly, a relaxation of protocol unthinkable only a few years ago."

The Times carries an article on the U.S. reaction to the jubilee, saying: "Americans were thrilled by the idea of the queen celebrating her jubilee with a massive pop concert, with front-page reports across the nation depicting the monarch as Britain's new rock chick."

In its editorial it said: "Gratitude, respect and pride... no-one knew the depth of these emotions until they burst out across the United Kingdom this weekend in a swirl of colour, pageantry and music.

"Few foresaw that an anniversary that began so reluctantly amid boredom and cynicism would gather such momentum until it caught up the nation in an exuberant and spontaneous display of patriotic fervour.

"Where else in the world would it have been possible for an Australian transvestite to announce to millions the arrival of the head of state with the words: 'The jubilee girl is here, possums!'"

The Independent says: "That the jubilee defied all forecasts of damp-squibbery to become such an unqualified success is a tribute above all to the public relations effort mounted by the palace since the dark days that followed Princess Diana's death.

"Any marketing operation that managed to turn around a brand in the way that the palace has managed to restore the popularity of the queen and her immediate family in the past three years would win a queen's award.

"But perhaps the greatest achievement of the PR wizards was the impression that they created, however illusory it may be, of openness."

The Guardian newspaper, which has questioned the role and relevance of the monarchy, has a front-page headline: "Street cred that won over 1 million people."

And in an editorial it says: "The Golden Jubilee many have given those of us who seek radical change in the way Britain is governed food for thought. But it should do just the same for those who think that everything is back in its place and all's well with the United Kingdom.

"If we are going to have a monarch in this day and age, then a long period of role by a decent, prosaic, uncontroversial, rule-bound and dutiful one like Elizabeth II is probably as good as it is likely to get. A good person, yes, but still a lousy system.

"Unless proper and honest thought is given now to changing the British monarchy, this Golden Jubilee may in future come to be seen as a fool's paradise."


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