No 10 gifts a music box to the Queen for her Platinum Jubilee

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The music box presented to the Queen  (Twitter)
The music box presented to the Queen (Twitter)

Number 10 gave The Queen a special English made music box to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

The gift, which includes a miniature portrait of Boris Johnson and other Prime Ministers that served under Her Majesty, plays Handel’s classic Hallelujah when opened.

The 9-year-old monarch celebrated 70 years on the British throne with an extended public holiday and a series of events that culminated on Sunday in an appearance on the balcony of her palace after a colourful and eccentric pageant in London

Downing Street said: “On the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, the Cabinet has presented Her Majesty The Queen with a musical box, which includes miniature portraits of the 14 Prime Ministers who have served The Queen during her remarkable 70 year reign.

They added: “100% hand made in England, finished with a platinum mount, when opened the musical movement plays Handel’s ‘Hallelujah’. A symbol of praise, this gift honours her exemplary service and phenomenal achievements.”

After the outpouring of public affection during her balcony appearance, the Queen said she was “humbled and deeply touched” so many people had taken part in celebrations marking her 70-year reign.

The Queen said later in her message: “When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”

It emerged today that The Queen will reportedly not attend the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and will be replaced by the Prince of Wales.

There are 49 days to go until the 2022 Games open in the city and other West Midlands venues on July 28, running until August 8.

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