News & Analysis : The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - celebrations and events
โดย amthai team
There have been only three Diamond Jubilees of Heads of State celebrated throughout the world during The Queen’s reign. King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand celebrated 60 years on the throne in 2006; the former Sultan of Johor (now a part of Malaysia) celebrated his in 1955; and the late Emperor Hirohito of Japan celebrated his in 1986.
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is an international celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries.
The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2nd June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.
The 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre on an extended weekend from 2nd – 5th June. An extra bank holiday to mark the event will be enjoyed in the United Kingdom.
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.
The Epsom Derby
On Saturday 2nd June, The Queen attended the Epsom Derby.
Big Jubilee Lunch, Sunday 3 June
The fourth annual Big Lunch took place on Sunday - so anyone who wants to celebrate the Jubilee can do so by holding a Big Jubilee Lunch.
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, Sunday 3 June
The pageant started at Battersea Bridge between 2pm and 3pm and finished at between 5pm and 6pm.
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 4 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, Monday 4 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.
The Big Lunch
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
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