Royal Jubilee will bring millions to the economy

Millions of people across the country have been making preparations for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It seems that the whole of Britain has been preparing for the four-day party in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

It has been estimated that booze-loving Brits will quaff an extra 60 to 80million pints of beer and will eat 7.5m pub meals during the four-day event.

Many pundits have predicted that the Diamond Jubilee celebrations could boost the economy by £10billion.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, 61, said the celebrations would help to provide stability during the current economic climate.

He said : "It seems to me that what her importance has been for most people in this country has been as a sign of stability, a sign of security.

"To have someone who has been a symbol, a sign of stability through all that period, is really a rather exceptional gift."

Meanwhile, the party was launched in style, with a 21-gun salute from the Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond in Portsmouth.

HMS Diamond's commanding officer Commander Ian Clarke said: "It is a real honour for HMS Diamond to salute Her Majesty the Queen as she celebrates not only 60 years on the throne but 60 years as head of the armed forces.

"When we came in this morning we had not realised how many people there would be - it was a really emotional moment for us."

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