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A portrait of the queen longer than 7 double decker buses

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A worker abseils during a unveiling after helping to hang a giant image from a building on the south bank of the River Thames, London showing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waving on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee, on May 25. The giant canvas, measuring 328 feet by 230 feet and weighing nearly two tons, was officially unveiled on Friday and will be displayed until the end of June, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, marking the Queen's 60 year reign.

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Abseilers secure a giant canvas along the River Thames of a photograph showing Britain's Royal Family during the 1977 Silver Jubilee, London on May 25. The photograph, shot by an unknown photographer shows (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Louis Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Mark Phillips and Princess Anne on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth will mark her Diamond Jubilee by travelling in a 1,000-boat regatta on the river on June 3.

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