Celebrations | Your Guide to the Diamond Jubilee!

Portrait of The Queen, taken in 2002 © John Swannell/Camera Press  QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S DIAMOND JUBILEE

2-5 June 2012

– On Saturday 2nd June, The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

– The fourth annual Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 3rd June – so anyone who wants to celebrate the Jubilee can do so by holding a Big Jubilee Lunch.

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, Monday 4th June: Up to a thousand boats will muster on the river as The Queen prepares to lead one of the largest flotillas ever seen on the River Thames.

Tickets are still available for the Diamond Jubilee festival in London’s Battersea Park, which will offer a great vantage point to view the pageant. The festival will celebrate design, music, art, film, fashion and food from the past 60 years. Members of the public will also be able to watch the pageant on a number of big screens.

Concert at Buckingham Palace, Monday 4th June: Organised by the BBC, the concert will be attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family.

The ballot for tickets has now closed but the concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, Radio 2, and on big screens in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and The Mall.

Jubilee Beacons, Minday, 4th June: Thousands of beacons will be lit around the world to commemorate The Queen’s 60 year reign over the UK and as head of the Commonwealth.

Service of thanksgiving and carriage procession, Tuesday 5 June: The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St.Paul’s Cathedral. It will include a prayer written, at The Queen’s direction, by the Chapter of St Paul’s

Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. A ‘Diamond Choir’ of children from around the UK will sing a specially composed song.

Later in the day, the Royal Family will travel from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace by carriage, along a processional route. Shortly after their arrival, the Royal family will appear on the balcony and an RAF fly-past will take place.

Buckingham Palace has published full details of the processional route, and the events will be shown on big screens in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square.


London will host a series of national events as part of the celebrations. The city will be very busy over the extended weekend, so if you’re attending any of the events it’s important to plan ahead:

  • plan your journey in advance and allow plenty of time to get around – buses, tubes and stations will be busier than usual
  • don’t drive into central London unless it’s absolutely essential – many roads and bridges will be closed
  • check the times of last trains, and plan to leave London early if you’re concerned about getting home
  • drink plenty of water and bring sun cream (if it’s hot) or waterproofs (if there’s a chance of rain)
  • bring any medication you’re taking
  • check http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/23610.aspx for information on transports.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/Features/DG_WP200687  (for more information, clickety-click!/abridged)


About musingsofananglophile

Fran. 20. Anglophile. Daydreamer. English Literature Student.

Posted on May 20, 2012, in Celebrities, Festivities, Lifestyle, London, Royal Family and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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