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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; London Events

| Special Events | 30/05/2012

Queen Elizabeth

Join The Queen of England as she celebrates 60 years on The Throne 2nd – 5th June 2012

At the end of May, Londoner’s are usually treated to a Bank Holiday off from work but that has been changed this year. In ode to the Queen, the Bank Holiday has been pushed back one more week to celebrate 60 years of being on the throne.

The international celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries. The Queen took to the throne on February 6th 1952 which was followed by her coronation June 2nd in 1953. Having already celebrated her Silver and Golden Jubilee, The Queen now sees her Diamond Jubilee celebration this year. The celebration will also make her the second British monarch to celebrate the occasion.

Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her long lasting reign over a duration of four days (2 – 5th June,) giving Londoners a extra day off June 5th!*  The extended Bank Holiday weekend is set to be home to heaps of celebratory events in and around the capital city, some of which you can find on our website.

Events will include street parties, big screens of the celebrations taking place in central London and many more. If you like to catch The Queen out on her travels, we have a guide to her whereabouts over the extended weekend.

The Epsom Derby (2nd June)

To start things off, The Queen will be making an appearance at the 2012 Investec Derby to start the weekend festivities June 2nd. The derby will make way for the royal festivities on the hill area so adults and families alike can enjoy the day in a secure area.

Admission is £5 per adult in advance, £10 on the day. Under 17s are free of charge. Click Here to book tickets online.

Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant (3rd June)

Taking her celebration from the ground to the seas, The Queen will take part in the Thames River Pageant. Taking place this year at Battersea Bridge, the pageant will see over a thousand boats led by The Queen in one of the largest flotillas ever seen on the River Thames.

Several big screens will be up for spectators to catch a glimpse of the event on the day.  The viewing areas will be open from as early as 8am so it’s advised to arrive early. Space will also be very limited. The pageant will involve a few major road and bridge closures so do check before leaving. Visit the official Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website for more information.

Concert at Buckingham Palace (4th June)

If you wold rather travel somewhere close to get a view of the celebrations, you can always stay in the comfort of your home and watch BBC’s Diamond Jubilee concert. The BBC and Gary Barlow will join forces to bring some of the best and biggest names in music together for one night.

The line-up is set to include the legendary Shirley Bassey, Jools Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Mingoue, Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney and many more.

The concert (that will take place outside Buckingham Palace) will be aired live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.

Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession (5th June)

To end the joyous occasion, The Queen will be joined by other members of the Royal Family who will attend the service of thanksgiving at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. The service will include a prayer written at The Queen’s directions by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. As an additional part to the service a diamond choir of children will sing a song dedicated to the monarch on the day.

The royal family will then travel from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace by carriage riding through the procession that will be taking place. The Royal Family will be greeted by thousands whilst peering onto the RAF Fly show.

In order to get a peek of the procession, it is advised that you make it down to the central part of London early to avoid any disappointment. If you don’t happen to get a view close enough you can watch the live action from one of the big screens that will be placed in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square.

A 3-D google map of the processional route can be found by clicking here.

Be sure to keep yourself updated with Jubilee events taking place over the weekend by taking a look at our latest event listings. You can also find some information on the official Diamond Jubilee website.

* – Bank Holiday Dates also apply to Scotland. The Late May Bank holiday has been moved to 4th June 2012 with the additional Jubilee Bank Holiday taking place Tuesday 5th June 2012.

 

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