As such, it is a very special occasion, an occasion that happens just once in a lifetime. 2012 is Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee year, and a host of celebrations have been planned to commemorate the occasion.
The main programme of enthralling events will take place from Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June with triumphant festivities occurring all over the United Kingdom and, indeed, across the Commonwealth. On the 2nd June, the Queen will attend the Epsom Derby. On Sunday the 3rd, the Big Jubilee Lunch will take place – this will happened on a national scale as people will be encouraged to lunch with their friends. The scale of the lunch you share is up to you; it can range from a small picnic lunch to a street party. Become involved in this charming activity.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will also take place on this day. It is sure to prove quite a spectacle, as up to 1,000 boats amass from across the UK, the Commonwealth and other regions all over the world. The Queen will traverse in the Royal Barge which will lead the armada. Perhaps one of the most enthralling events taking place in the period of the Diamond Jubilee is the BBC Concert which will take place at Buckingham Palace. The extraordinary songstress Dame Shirely Bassey, legendary Sir Tom Jones and the well-respected musician Elton John have all already been confirmed as performing acts.
Yet another remarkable event taking place will be the lighting of beacons to symbolise the year of the Diamond Jubilee. A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by both individuals and groups of people all over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Finally is the service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession. The service of Thanksgiving is due to take place at St Paul’s Cathedral, that intensely majestic and grandiose landmark, and an official procession involve the Queen in a carriage.
In addition to all of this, Commonwealth nations will be inventing their own spectacular events to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. They will also be represented at, and engaged in, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd June and the Service of Thanksgiving on 5th June.
Greenwich will be granted with Royal Borough status over the course of the Queen’s exquisite Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This incredible privilege is to be given in acceptance of the intimate bonds that have always existed between Greenwich and royalty. As such, there has never been a better time to explore this charming, picturesque area. Why not also take a panoramic Hop on Hop off London tour, or, for the ultimate regal experience, a London tour bus?
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