Australian dignitaries attended a Diamond Jubilee Celebration service at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II was held from 10:30am to 12:00pm on Sunday, 3 June 2012.
Various special guests attended the service, including Mr Richard Morris – British Consul-General, The Hon. Tony Abbott MP – Federal Leader of the Opposition and The Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP – Premier of NSW.
The service began with the singing of ‘God Save the Queen’, followed by the Australian National Anthem, ‘Advance Australia Fair’.
There were bible readings during the service by Mr Richard Morris, The Hon. Tony Abbott, The Hon. David Bradbury, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell and Captain Luke Charles-Jones.
Captain Luke Charles-Jones, Commanding Officer of HMAS Sydney. Bible reading: 1 Timothy 2: 1-6.
The Very Rev. Phillip Jenson gave the sermon. He praised the Queen’s devotion to duty, personal commitment to service and sheer hard work.
He said that he was appalled that ABC, the publicly funded national broadcaster, “would broadcast a repeat of a second rate Hollywood movie rather than the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. I genuinely hope it was just a sheer oversight.”
Inside St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
Tea and biscuits after the service
After the service Tony Abbott, leader of the Australian opposition Liberal Party, stayed behind for tea, coffee and biscuits and chatted with some of those who had attended the service.
The Hon. Tony Abbott MP - Federal Leader of the Opposition chats to the congregation after the service.
Digital Journal spoke to Professor David Flint AM, the National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, and Mr Jai Martinkovits, Executive Director, who were special guests at the service.
Professor Flint AM explained the organisation’s mission and objectives: “To preserve, protect, to defend the constitution, the role of the crown in it and the Australian flag; actually if you look on our site you will find our mission. That’s our objective.
“Our objective is to convert you.” He joked.
Mr Martinkovits explained “We’re getting a lot of exposure on our site. We’re getting 12 million hits a year; 3.5 million page views.”