Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952, and her coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 in Westminster Abbey.
The extended weekend of 2-5 June 2012 will mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign and there are organised celebrations throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Some of the events are as follows :-
Saturday 2nd June – Horse Racing at Epsom
The Epsom Derby, at which the Queen will be in attendance.
Sunday 3rd June The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
A formal river procession will be between 2pm and 6pm, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge. Up to 1,000 boats will muster between Hammersmith and Battersea and disperse from Tower Bridge to West India Docks.
The centre piece of the flotilla will be the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, carrying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Monday 4th June The Diamond Jubilee Concert
Taking place at Buckingham Palace the event will have an array of stars old and new. There are artistes to please all generations, including Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Sir Cliff Richard and Madness, Kylie Minogue, JLS, Jessie J, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran.
Tuesday 5th June Day of Celebrations in London
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and many Members of The Royal Family, will attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Court of Alderman and the Court of Common Council will host a reception at the Mansion House for the Queen and honoured guests.
In the afternoon there will be a carriage procession. The Queen and Prince Philip will be using the 1902 State Landau in this procession. The Processional Route that the Carriage Procession will take will depart from New Palace Yard, up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch, along the Mall, and into Buckingham Palace.
To end the day the Queen and the Royal Family will appear on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace, and there will be a RAF Flypast and a Feu de Joie ( a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by The Queen’s Guard, interspersed with the National Anthem played by the Band of the Irish Guards.) from the Forecourt.
London will be very busy throughout the weekend and we suggest that you check the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk for updates on all travel with the city.
We hope that all our customers enjoy the long weekend celebrations.