On Wednesday, Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, was invited to join the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and UK leaders of Christianity and other major world religions to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Lambeth Palace. Stephen was nominated by Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, to represent the party.
The Queen addressed those present at the event, highlighting the role that religion plays in shaping the culture of society. She identified that the Church of England had a duty to protect all faiths practised in the country.
The event offered the leaders of the eight non-Christian religions - the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian communities - an opportunity to present the Queen with an object or artefact significant to their faith. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, also paid tribute to the Queen’s commitment to her office.
Mr Timms then had the opportunity to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Speaking after the event, Mr Timms said "It was a pleasure meeting Her Majesty and leaders of faith groups. The event united all faiths and the Queen’s speech was apt in promoting tolerance of all faiths in this country."