As celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee begin across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, The Salvation Army is commemorating its longstanding connection with the British monarch.
Over the weekend, Salvationists will be hosting a number of events and street parties, and will remember her in services at its churches. At Heathrow Airport our brass bands will be giving visitors arriving in the UK a uniquely British welcome - playing rousing tunes such as the Great Escape them tune, I Vow To Thee My Country, Land of Hope and Glory and, of course, the National Anthem.
Over the last 60 years, The Queen has supported The Salvation Army's work on many occasions, including opening support and accommodation centres for homeless people - Hopetown, in east London, in 1980, and Edward Alsop Court, near Westminster Abbey, in 1996.
In October 1997, Her Majesty, invited members of the Salvation Army to Buckingham Palace to thank them for their help during the week of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Our members were part of a team of volunteers that collected the many flowers laid by mourners outside royal palaces.
The Salvation Army would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for her support over the last 60 years.