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UK riots derail Queen's Jubilee

2011-08-12 07:34
 
London - Celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee next year may be in jeopardy following the riots in England.

Major cities in England have seen violence, arson and looting erupt over the past few days and now organisers of the events being held to mark the monarch's 60-year reign are concerned they may have a negative impact.

The ugly scenes are in strict contrast to the celebrations in the UK when Prince William married Duchess Catherine in April, leading to street parties up and down the country.

A source told Mail Online: "There is no doubt that the extraordinary feeling of national unity the wedding generated suddenly seems to have evaporated."

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"The ugly scenes of the past few days are troubling for all those planning next year’s jubilee."

Although the queen is currently staying at her summer home in Balmoral, Scotland, she has kept in touch with developments and plans are being put in place for an appropriate royal response to the riots.

It is thought it will include a high-profile visit by a senior member of the family to communities hit by the violence and to the emergency services, with William being the favourite.

On Wednesday, a Downing Street spokesperson refused to comment whether British Prime Minister David Cameron had briefed the queen on the trouble in London and other cities.

He said: "What I can say is that No 10 and the Palace are in regular contact."

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