2012 promises to be an auspicious year for London. Not only do we have the 2012 Olympics but we also have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012, celebrating 60 years on the throne. The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI and today Buckingham Palace announced forthcoming plans for the Jubilee.
The 60th anniversary celebrations will be held over four days and the government has very sensibly designated Tuesday, 5 June an additional bank holiday and moved the late May holiday to 4 June to enable this four-day weekend of events.
2nd June 2012 – the Queen will begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations by attending the Epsom Derby.
3rd June 20120 – A flotilla of up to 1,000 boats starting at Battersea Bridge will sail along the Thames with the Queen on the Royal Barge.
4th June 2012 – a BBC Concert will be held at Buckingham Palace and people will also be encouraged to share Sunday lunch with neighbours and friends. Tickets for the BBC Concert will be available by public ballot later. The concert will be televised, but the line-up of performers has yet to be announced.
4th June 2012 – A chain of 2,012 beacons will be lit across the UK on the night of 4 June with the Queen will lighting the national beacon.
5th June – The long weekend will conclude with a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Events are expected to be held throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.
Buckingham Palace advised that more details for all Diamond Jubilee events will be released early in 2012.
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