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Hundreds protest Sri Lankan president's lunch with the Queen

Hundreds of Tamil protesters have gathered outside Marlborough House on Pall Mall in central London.

They oppose the presence of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa at a luncheon for Commonwealth leaders, which will be attended by the Queen.

Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller tweeted these photographs:

The president is accused of human rights abuses and war crimes during the Sri Lankan civil war. Credit: Jonathan Miller

The Guardian reports that Mr Rajapasksa cancelled a planned speech at the Commonwealth Economic Forum this morning amid fears of large demonstrations.

Some estimates had the number of protesters at over a thousand. Credit: Jonathan Miller


Wednesday's front pages

The culmination of four days of celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee dominates the front pages on Wednesday. Here's a selection:

  • The Telegraph: I have memories to treasure forever
  • The Independent: The party's over... One may out one's feet up
  • Daily Mail: A humbling experience
  • The Times: Thank you all
  • Daily Express: Thank you all: Queen's heartfelt jubilee message
  • Daily Star: One's had a great time


Queen thanks nation for Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Queen thanked the nation for a series of heart-warming Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking her 60 years on the throne.

In a televised address, produced by ITN and filmed at Buckingham Palace following the Jubilee Concert, the Queen said the events she had attended over the last four days had been a "humbling experience".

In a televised address the Queen thanks the nation for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

She said: "It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere."

She added: "I hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.

"I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you all."

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