After a year of events and tours abroad by the UK’s royal family, the central weekend of the Diamond Jubilee is coming up on June 2nd-5th. The weekend will highlight the biggest events in HM Queen Elizabeth’s yearlong Diamond Jubilee celebration and include all the adult members of the royal family.
Starting slow on Saturday, HM Queen Elizabeth will attend the Epsom Derby along with TRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The Derby is Britain’s richest horse race and one of the most prestigious. The Queen’s official attendance is the first engagement of the central weekend celebrations enjoying the sport she has loved her entire life.
On Sunday the festivities really take a step forward with The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The former will take place all across the UK as neighbors and friends are invited to join in street parties to celebrate the occasion. The Brits are famous for their street parties and last year’s royal wedding even included a party at 10 Downing Street. One of the most anticipated events of the Jubilee, The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on the Thames River and be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled. Over 1,000 boats will take part with the centerpiece being the Royal Barge on which HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will travel. The Queen will embark on the barge at 14:30BST should all events go as scheduled. Her children, grandchildren, and cousins will be on various vessels throughout the flotilla.
The festivities will continue on Monday with the BBC Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. The concert, attended by the royal family and broadcast worldwide, will include performances by Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Madness, and Paul McCartney. HM the Queen will then light the National Beacon, one of 2,012 to be lit throughout the UK, the Isle of Man, and the Commonwealth.
The final day of the central weekend will be busy, befitting the historic nature of the celebration. There will be a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a balcony appearance, and flypast.
The central weekend will be historic. The events are meant to celebrate a 60 year reign, done only once before by Queen Victoria. Members of the government, the royal family, and the royal household will be on hand at various events to celebrate a woman who has embodied what it means to be “British” to so many.
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