The Diamond Jubilee


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A brief overview of the festivities taking place in London on the first weekend of June for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Make sure you don't miss out! We hope you find this useful.

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  • The Diamond Jubilee

    1. 1. The Jubilee Weekend
    2. 2. With the Jubilee weekend fast approaching, it is a great time to be patriotic, but also a great time to plan short breaks away from the hustle and bustle of London or any city! Alternatively, if you are going to make the most of London citybreaks, there are a few activities planned for the 4 day celebration.
    3. 3. What’s is the Jubilee?The Queen’s diamond Jubilee is the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’saccession to the throne. Elizabeth II came to the throne on the 6th February 1952 andher coronation took place on the 2nd June 1952.The Diamond Jubilee celebrations will culminate in a series of events during the CentralWeekend from 2-5 June 2012
    4. 4. What events are planned?There are numerous events planned that weekend, but the Queen will be attending the Epsom Derby on theSaturday 2nd June.The Epsom DerbyThe Derby is a group 1 flat horse race, which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It’sBritain’s richest horserace and the most prestigious of the classic 5 (2,000 Guineas Stakes, 1,000 GuineasStakes, Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby & St. Leger Stakes).The first edition of this race took place on the 4th May 1780.
    5. 5. What events are planned?On the Sunday, there are two main events planned:The Big Jubilee Lunch:Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch withneighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of atraditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the BigLunch.
    6. 6. What events are planned?The second event is the Thames Diamond Jubilee PageantA flotilla of up to one thousand boats will muster on the River Thames on 3 June 2012 to celebrateThe Queens sixty year reignOver a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to takepart in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.The formal river procession will be between 2pm and 6pm, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishingdownriver of Tower Bridge. The boats will muster between Hammersmith and Battersea and disperse fromTower Bridge to West India Docks.It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Rowed boats and working boats andpleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Flags, theircrews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, rescue and otherservices will be afloat and there will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vesselsand other boats of note.Find out more here.
    7. 7. What events are planned?Monday the 4th June there will be a BBC concert held outside Buckingham Palace.World class names are to rock the Palace for The Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert.A line up of musical stars from the worlds of rock and pop, such as Elton John, Tom Jones, Gary Barlow,Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Shirley Bassey, along with the best of classical music and musical theatre,will perform at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, on Monday 4th June, Buckingham Palace and theBBC announced .The Queen will be of attendance to the concert, as well as other members of the Royal Family, but there areno confirmations yet.The concert will be taking place on a stage built around the Queen Victoria Memorial just outside thePalace.
    8. 8. What events are planned?On Tuesday the 5th June, the Diamond Jubilee weekend willculminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including aservice at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunchat Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palaceand finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie.National Service of Thanksgiving, St Paul’s CathedralCarriage ProcessionAt 2.20pm, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince ofWales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess ofCambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will depart the Palace ofWestminster for Buckingham Palace, in a Carriage Procession.The Processional Route that the Carriage Procession will take willdepart from New Palace Yard, up Whitehall to TrafalgarSquare, through Admiralty Arch, along the Mall, and intoBuckingham Palace through the Centre Gates at 2.40pm.
    9. 9. There will also be many street parties in the same spirit as for the Royal Wedding last year. The capital will be alive with people and activities, so don’t miss out! Book your weekend breaks in London now!! This will be a celebration to remember!