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WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE.

"I get a real sense that across Wales it is being embraced by people from all walks of life and different communities.

"There are many in Wales who will want to offer their congratulations for the service Her Majesty the Queen has given during her reign."

* First Minister and Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones "The Queen is perceived today to be where we might all wish to be - floating some way above the stink."

* Playwright Sir David Hare "The Queen has exceeded any reasonable expectation of what one human being can give, not just to her own people but also to the wider world.

"She did not have to rescue our monarchy from decline but she has entrenched the institution so deeply in the affection.

"That is quite an extraordinary personal achievement."

* Former Prime Minister Sir John Major "Whatever your thoughts about Lizzie Windsor's role in regard to this great nation, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, you do have to admire her. Sixty bloody years of visiting factories and looking interested." * Sydney Morning Herald writer Maggie Anderson "She has served this country and the whole of the Commonwealth for the last 60 years with unstinting energy, loyalty, and dedication.

"Hers has been a life of extraordinary public service."

* Labour leader Ed Miliband "With a Scottish independence referendum scheduled for 2014, it is a sobering thought that by the seventh decade of her reign, Elizabeth II may no longer preside over a united realm, but a ramshackle collection of squabbling little kingdoms, jumbled together across the British Isles.

* Historian Dominic Sandbrook "This is the 21st century and to simply rely on an accident of birth to provide us with a new head of state is simply not acceptable anymore.

"I think the question you have to ask is 'why are we celebrating 60 years on the throne?' "We are essentially celebrating the reign of somebody who has not been sacked because she cannot be sacked."

* Republic Wales chairman Nick Wall "I owe the Queen a huge debt for the wisdom she has shown me over the past couple of years.

"Six decades of service have given her an acute sense of what matters, what is permanent, and what is in Britain's best interests.

"She is quite simply a remarkable person and a towering figure in our history.

"Long may she reign."

* Prime Minister David Cameron
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Date:Jun 3, 2012
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