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British PM pays tribute to Queen on 90th birthday

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 01:19

UK Prime Minister David Cameron pays tribute to ''Rock of strength'', Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPROTER NARRATION) On the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the world's oldest monarch, calling her "a rock of strength for our nation". "From the end of the Cold War to peace in Northern Ireland. Throughout it all, as the sands of culture shift and the tides of politics ebb and flow, Her Majesty has been steadfast - a rock of strength for our nation, for our Commonwealth and on many occasions for the whole world," Cameron told the House of Commons. He called the Queen "one of the best audiences in the world". "There's no one else in public life that any prime minister can really speak to in total confidence, and no other country has a head of state with such wisdom and patience," said Cameron. "Her Majesty's service is extraordinary and it's a joy for us all to celebrate, to cherish and to honour. In June the whole country will share in this special milestone with a service of thanksgiving in St. Paul's Cathedral and a wonderful royal street party, but today I know the whole House and the whole country will want to join with me in wishing Her Majesty the Queen health, happiness and above all, a very special 90th birthday," Cameron said at the end of his tribute. The birthday celebrations continue into the summer. In May, there will be a four-day pageant at Windsor Castle, while in June there will be further events to mark her official birthday, including the Patron's Lunch, a street party for 10,000 guests on the Mall, the grand avenue leading to Buckingham Palace. Born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was U.S. President and Joseph Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union, Elizabeth shows no signs of retiring, and two surveys last week suggested the public do not want her to give up either. An Ipsos MORI poll found 70 percent wanted her to stay queen compared to 21 percent who thought she should abdicate or retire, while a BMG survey for the London Evening Standard newspaper showed 66 percent of Britons had a favourable view of her compared to 10 percent with a negative opinion.

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British PM pays tribute to Queen on 90th birthday

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 01:19