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Flags, carriages and silly hats: Finishing touches for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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Carriage restorer David Evans cleans the 1902 State Landau carriage at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace, as the horses and carriages are prepared for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee , on May 28 , in London, England.

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Union Flags fly along The Mall near Buckingham Palace in London, on May 29, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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A woman poses for a photograph in front of a floral crown that has been installed in St James's Park in central London on May 29, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The crown took five weeks to construct, weighs five tonnes and has the blooms of 13,500 plants.

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Guardsmen perform the Changing of the Guard in Horseguards in central London on May 29, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee will take place June 2-5, and celebrations will include a festival of boats on the river Thames and the lighting of more than 2,000 beacons around the country during a four-day public holiday.

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From unique prints to fabulous hats, the British monarch's fashion choices often show a sense of fun. Take a look through Queen Elizabeth II's signature looks over the years.

 From Reuters:  Almost half of Britons believe Britain has changed for the worse during Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign but most think that celebrations to mark her sixth decade on the throne will be good for business and Britain's character, according to a new poll.

 Huge crowds are expected to celebrate 86-year-old Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee next week, which is expected to be marked by a concert at Buckingham Palace, a procession through London and a 1,000-strong flotilla along the River Thames.

 An ITV News/ComRes poll found that 47 percent of those surveyed thought that Britain was not as good a place as before her reign, and just over half said they would not go to a jubilee street party or other celebration.