The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - celebrations and events
Marking 60 years of The Queen's reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June 2012.
The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.
Communities all around the country will be celebrating over an extended bank holiday weekend, and there will be many ways to get involved in local events.
Saturday 2 June - Epsom Derby
On Saturday The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.
For further information about the event, visit the Epsom Downs website.
Sunday 3 June - Big Jubilee Lunch
Up and down the country, neighbours will celebrate the Jubilee by taking part in the fourth annual Big Lunch.
With local councils receiving almost 9,500 road closure applications, this year's event promises to be the biggest and best ever - and there's still time to get involved.
Thames river pageant
The Queen will lead up to a thousand boats in one of the largest flotillas ever seen on the River Thames. The pageant will start at 2.00 pm, up-river from Battersea Bridge.
A number of viewing areas along the pageant route will be equipped with big screens. The viewing areas will be open from 8.00 am, but space will be limited. See the pageant website for locations of viewing areas, toilets and information on the Battersea Park festival.
Monday 4 June - Concert at Buckingham Palace
Organised by the BBC and featuring some of the biggest name in music, the concert will be attended by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
The ballot for tickets has closed but the concert will be broadcast live from 7.30 pm on BBC One, Radio 2, and on big screens in Hyde Park, St James's Park and The Mall.
Diamond Jubilee concert - Jubilee beacons
From 10.00 pm, thousands of Jubilee beacons will be lit - culminating in The Queen lighting the national beacon at 10.30 pm.
See the beacons website for details of events near you.
Tuesday 5 June - Service of thanksgiving and carriage procession
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.
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