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In 2012 The Queen celebrates 60 years since she came to the throne and London is marking her Diamond Jubilee with a special programme of events packed with exhibitions, processions and pagentry from a grand flotilla on the Thames to a stately procession to St Paul's Cathedral. Even if you're not into flag waving, you can enjoy not one but two Bank Holidays, on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June, in honour of the landmark anniversary. Download our PDF of the Diamond Jubilee.

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Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Over 1,000 boats accompany the Queen for the largest flotilla seen on the Thames in over 300 years.

River Thames, , London, SE1 2JX

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Dates: 03rd June 2012


On Sunday 3rd June 2012 The Queen will lead a flotilla of up to one thousand boats from the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, an event which promises to be one of the major focal points of the celebrations held on the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend - click here to see a brilliant Thames Jubilee Pageant map. The flotilla, expected to measure 7 and a half miles from end to end, will be the largest fleet of ships to be assembled on the River Thames in 350 years, continuing a royal tradition which dates back to 1533 when Anne Boleyn travelled by boat for her coronation. Over one million people are expected to line the banks of the Thames to witness the pageant which will include a diverse mix of the historic and the modern with rowed boats, sailing ships, steamers, wooden launches, canoes and Kayaks all decorated for the occasion. Thames piers, riverside roads and bridges will be closed to traffic and there will be up to fifty big screens along the route - which runs from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge - so members of the public can enjoy the pageant from a variety of vantage points. For families and others with children, Battersea Park is a good place to go where there will be music, a traditional funfair and special entertainment laid on. There's a cultural aspect to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, serving as a reminder of the diversity of Britain and the Commonwealth's maritime history, but mostly people will remember it as an amazing spectacle.


The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years

The Windsor Castle exhibition is a visual recollection of The Queen's 60 years.

Windsor Castle, Windsor and Maidenhead, London, SL4 1NJ

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Dates: 04th February - 01st January 2013


The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years is a visual recollection of The Queen's 60 years on the throne through official and unofficial photographs of the monarch on duty and at leisure. The exhibition at Windsor Castle is one of a number of exhibitions being staged by The Royal Collection to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, further displays include Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration and anatomy drawings by Leonardo da Vinci both exhibited at Buckingham Palace in the summer months. The Windsor Castle photos show The Queen with her beloved corgis, on state and regional visits, there are pictures of her inspecting the troops - including her grandson Prince William - and even meeting pop princess Lady Gaga. Some photographs document Her Majesty's many travels which have seen her take in 131 different countries on over 250 official visits since 1952. There are photographs showing The Queen and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in silhouette at Lady Thatcher's 80th birthday, and a striking black-and-white portrait of The Queen taken to mark her 80th birthday by fellow octogenarian Jane Bown. These 60 beautiful photographs are a wonderful way to sum up the past 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's life.


Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Cecil Beaton's portraits of Queen Elizabeth II go on display at the V & A.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

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Dates: 08th February - 22nd April 2012


Cecil Beaton, one of the most famous fashion photographers of the 20th century, may have worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair but he also had a long standing relationship with The Queen and it's his photographs of our ruling monarch that get an airing in Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The Queen was a teenager when she first sat for Beaton in 1942 and this exhibition explores his interactions with her over the next three decades as he photographed her on many significant occasions including her coronation day in 1953 - an informal shot of her on that day is just one of a number of photographs which have never seen before. The unique royal portaits in this V & A exhibition are brought to life by excerpts from Beaton's diaries and letters as well as film and radio footage from the time. The exhibition is arranged in five sections documenting important sittings and charting the shift in Beaton's photographic style, from his early Rococo-inspired portraits to a starker approach in the 1960s. In one section the camera is turned around, showing portraits of Beaton himself taken by fellow photographers including Curtis Moffat, Irving Penn and David Bailey.


Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human body, owned by the Royal Collection, go under the spotlight.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

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Dates: 04th May - 07th October 2012


Following on from the huge popularity of the National Gallery's blockbuster Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter At The Court Of Milan show, this exhibition at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace offers visitors another chance to see drawings by the great Renaissance artist and inventor. This time in Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist it's his studies of the human body, owned by the Royal Collection, that are under the spotlight. Leonardo spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body and the drawings shown here represent his ground breaking research. A 1489 pen and ink study of a skull sectioned is displayed along with an intricate study of the coronary vessels and valves of the heart dating back to around 1511-13. There are fascinating annotated studies of the foetus in the womb - part of his prolonged investigation into reproduction - as well as studies of the muscles of the shoulder and arm, and the bones of the foot. This special exhibition, one of several held to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, offers a rare chance to see the Royal Collection's largest ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human body.


The Queen: Art And Image

London's National Portrait Gallery brings together sixty "remarkable and resonant" images of Elizabeth II.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 17th May - 21st October 2012


There are several exhibitions marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, but of these the National Portrait Gallery is staging the most daring display, bringing together sixty "remarkable and resonant" images of Elizabeth II including Chris Levine's 2004 photograph, 'Lightness of Being', a highly unusual portrait of The Queen with her eyes closed. The Queen: Art and Image shows painted portraits, official photographs and unofficial depictions of Her Majesty including works by well known artists Gilbert and George, Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter. Justin Mortimer, commissioned to create an official portrait of The Queen in 1998, likened the task to, "having to redesign the Coca-Cola logo - she's so recognised." The resulting image appears to show her head floating somewhat dislocated above her body. Here too is Lucian Freud's famously unflattering 2000-2001 painting from the Royal Collection, described as "thought-provoking and psychologically penetrating" by the then head of the National Portrait Gallery, Charles Saumarez-Smith. Among the exhibited photographers for whom The Queen sat are Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Wilding and Cecil Beaton - including his iconic Westminster Abbey Coronation image - while photographs by Eve Arnold, Patrick Lichfield and Lord Snowdon show a less formal side to The Queen.


The Epsom Derby

The Queen begins her June weekend Diamond Jubilee celebrations by attending The Epsom Derby.

Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, London, KT18 5LQ

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Dates: 01st - 02nd June 2012


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations by attending The Epsom Derby on 2nd June 2012. The event is just one of a series of special celebrations marking The Queen's 60th anniversary which gives us an extended weekend break with an additional Bank Holiday on Tuesday 5th June. This famous race meeting, one of the oldest and greatest horse races in the world, was established by the Earl of Derby in 1779. It is also one of the most glamorous events in the international racing calendar. While The Derby itself takes place on the Saturday, the meeting is a two-day event with Ladies Day on Friday 1st June 2012 when The Oaks is the main event. On Derby Day the big race offers prize money of over a million pounds and attracts crowds approaching 100,000. The Queen arrives by carriage, followed by thousands of spectators in their best togs, ready to enjoy the racing which gets underway at 2pm sharp. Last year, Mickael Barzalona riding French trained Pour Moi won the Investec Derby with The Queen's horse, the 5-2 favourite Carlton House, coming in fourth - she'll be hoping she can improve on that in 2012 to mark her special 60th anniversary.


The Jubilee Family Festival, Hyde Park

Sainsbury's hosts a two day festival in Hyde Park in June to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

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Dates: 02nd - 03rd June 2012


Sainsbury's is hosting a two day festival in Hyde Park this summer to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Visitors will be treated to live music and entertainment at The Jubilee Family Festival, with the highlight being a 70 minute finale on both days comprised of Disney songs and characters. Promoter Harvey Goldsmith is organising the festival, which will feature a full programme of activities including celebrity performers, equestrian events, death-defying motorbike stunts and kids' television characters. With seven giant screens showing live coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, crowds in the park will also be able to view the royal celebrations extending to the Queen's procession to St Paul's on Tuesday 5th June. The festival will showcase Britain throughout the decades, with street performers, orchestral recitals, military displays and Commonwealth dancers.


Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park

Bring the family to Wayne Hemmingway's vintage themed Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park.

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

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Dates: 03rd June 2012


On the day of the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, Battersea Park will be host to a family friendly Jubilee Festival featuring vintage music, dance, crafts, funfair and a multitude of other entertainments. Beginning at 12 noon, in anticipation of the flotilla, and continuing until 7pm, the Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park will feature a diamond geezer pop-up pub - where every self-respecing pearly king and queen will be for a right old knees-up - and a diamond encrusted giant cake stand that will take over 1,000 diamond jubilee themed cakes which will be served with tea throughout the afternoon. Cake specialists Konditor and Cook have even created a portrait of the Queen made of 3,120 cakes, one for each week of her reign. The festival, which has been organised by designer Wayne Hemingway and artist Clare Patey who curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival, will be a memorable celebration of the Diamond Jubilee through a timeline of the six decades of the Queen's reign with music, dancing, design and plenty of opportunities for dressing up - from vintage fashions to Morris dancing. There'll be a village fete, storytelling, outdoor cinema, old fashioned steam fair, fancy dress flotilla on the Boating Lake, and a mini-musuem of royal memorabilia at the park's Pump House Gallery.


The Big Jubilee Lunch

Londoners hope to stage the biggest street party the nation has ever seen in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster, London, W1J 0DA

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Dates: 03rd June 2012


The fourth annual Big Lunch takes on a dual role in 2012 as it falls on the weekend we celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June and the length of London's Piccadilly, from Piccadilly Circus to St James, will be the venue for the one of the biggest street parties the city has ever seen. With a 500-seat table set up along the length of Piccadilly, the Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch promises to treat visitors to "the very best of British entertainment, culture, art, music and food". You can either bring your own lunch to enjoy at the trestle tables along the road, or buy food from stalls and shops along Piccadilly. Supporting the event are posh Piccadilly shops and restaurants including Fortnum & Mason, The Ritz and The Wolseley. To reserve your place for an hour-long slot at the top table register online at www.piccadillybigjubileelunch.org. The great thing about The Big Jubilee Lunch is that everyone can take part, it's all about the community coming together for some patriotic flag waving, plenty of food, perhaps some music and a bouncy castle but most of all for some good old fashioned fun. Expect to see the road blockades up at a street near you as any road can be shut (provided you get permission in advance) and used as The Big Jubilee Lunch venue. The event takes place on Sunday 3rd June, the weekend when we get two back-to-back Bank Holidays on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June, so even if your big lunch turns into a late night party you'll have a few days to recover. If you want to organise your own Big Jubilee Lunch go to www.thebiglunch.com to find out more or email info at thebiglunch.com if you have any questions. With around 10 million people taking to the streets to celebrate the 1977 Silver Jubilee, organisers are hoping for a big turn-out at the 2012 Big Jubilee Lunch.


BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace

A-list stars come together for a very special concert Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4th June 2012.

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 04th June 2012


Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Cliff Richards and Sir Tom Jones are joined by Shirley Bassey, Madness, Annie Lennox, JLS and Jessie J as well as a host of other A-list stars for a very special concert Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday 4th June 2012. Gary Barlow, one of the organisers, has put together a fitting line-up of rock royalty - including Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Lang Lang and Ed Sheeran - to mark the Queen's 60th year on the throne and ten thousand lucky people will get free tickets to see the concert live. The five thousand who successfully get a ticket through the ballot will be able to invite a friend, bringing the total to double that. There's also the potential for another 500,000 people to join in the fun in St James's Park, Green Park and The Mall where you can watch the show on giant screens. The concert will also be televised live on BBC1 and Radio 2 for everyone to enjoy at home. The concert is one of a number of large scale events planned for the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June which is part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee break with two bank holidays on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June. Check the BBC website for information on the concert and how to apply for tickets (closes 23.59 GMT Friday 2 March 2012), and The British Monarchy website for details of all the Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place on the extended June weekend.


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons

Over 4,000 beacons will be lit across the globe for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


A network of over 4,000 beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons which takes place on Monday 4th June 2012 marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Queen herself is taking part, lighting the National Beacon in London taking to the stage at around 10.30pm after the televised BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace. In London, beacons will also be lit on the battlements of the Tower Of London, St James's Palace, and Lambeth Palace as well as on the roof of Hammersmith Town Hall and the art mound in Mile End Park. There is a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark royal occasions: in 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - the only other British monarch to mark a Diamond anniversary; and in 1977 and 2002 beacons were also lit to celebrate the Silver and Golden Jubilees of The Queen. The London beacons will be lit at the same time as beacons at the Palace of Holyrood House Edinburgh, Killyleagh Castle in Northern Ireland, and on top of Pen Y Fan Mountain, Wales. Sixty beacons are being lit along the length of Hadrian's Wall, each representing a year in the life of the Queen's reign.


Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attend a special Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, City, London, EC4M 8AD

Tube: St. Paul's Station , Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 05th June 2012


On Tuesday 5th June 2012 The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, one of several events being staged on the extended four-day weekend to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The service, conducted by the Dean of St Paul's and the Archbishop of Canterbury, will include a special prayer and a young choir created especially for the occasion after which The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a short reception at Mansion House before joining other members of the royal family at Westminster Hall for a special lunch. Wellwishers can see the Queen in the 1902 State Landau travelling in a formal carriage procession when the royal family leaves the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace. There will be all the pomp and ceremony you'd expect for such a unique occasion with representatives of the three military services lining the streets, military bands and a 60 gun salute during the carriage procession. An RAF Flypast and a celebratory cascade of rifle fire will create a rousing finale to the long weekend as the Queen and her family make a final appearance on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony.


Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

The Buckingham Palace Diamonds exhibition gives visitors a rare chance to see the Queen's personal jewels.

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 30th June - 07th October 2012


This spectacular exhibition at the Ball Supper Room at Buckingham Palace shows the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration is just one of a number of exhibitions organised by the Royal Collection to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee including a photography exhibition at Windsor Castle and a special show of royal treasures at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland, as well as a touring exhibition of ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci which travels to five UK venues from January 2012 to January 2013. There are two exhibitions at The Queen's London residence - the Diamonds display runs alongside the Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from 4th May to 7th October 2012. The spectacular Diamonds exhibition includes an unprecedented display of The Queen's personal jewels, both inherited and acquired during her reign. Highlights include the necklace and earrings made for Queen Victoria to wear at her coronation, a small crown worn by Queen Victoria for her official diamond jubilee portrait, and a Garrard Fringe brooch - remodelled from a set of diamonds given to Queen Victoria by the Sultan of Turkey. This is one of a number of pieces shown here which have undergone a transformation, their new settings revealing a fascinating history.


Diamond Geezer

Enjoy the 'guilty pleasures' of the Jubilee celebrations with the WW Gallery's Diamond Geezer exhibition.

WW Gallery Hatton Garden, 34-35 Hatton Garden, Islington, London, EC1N 8DX

Tube: Farringdon Station , Chancery Lane Station


Dates: 16th May - 09th June 2012


Enjoy the 'guilty pleasures' of the Jubilee celebrations with the WW Gallery's Diamond Geezer exhibition in Hatton Garden, a group show which celebrates the street parties, souvenirs and monarchy memorabilia the 60th anniversary celebrations bring with them. Contemporary artists including Cathy Lomax, Jasper Joffe, Alex Michon, Dick Jewell, and Sadie Hennessy celebrate "our freedom to laud and loathe our sovereign". Sardine & Tobleroni, a punk influenced art duo (real names Victor Silveira and Jay Rechsteiner), have contributed 'The Sauerkrauts' a tongue-in-cheek take on the Royal's German connections with princes Charles and son Harry along with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family portrayed as members of a folk band.


Highgate Choral Society Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Ronald Corp conducts the Highgate Choral Society in a special Diamond Jubilee concert at the Barbican.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 09th June 2012


Ronald Corp conducts the Highgate Choral Society in this special Diamond Jubilee concert at the Barbican performing a programme which includes the premiere of Corp's This Sceptred Isle. In keeping with its long tradition of singing English music to celebrate national events, Highgate Choral Society presents an evening of coronation choral pieces to honour the Queen's six decades on the throne. They have chosen some very suitable songs including Elgar's Imperial March and Coronation Ode, Walton's Coronation Te Deum and Orb And Sceptre, and Britten's Gloriana, the opera he composed in celebration of the Queen's coronation in 1953. First performed at the Royal Opera House during Coronation Week, Gloriana is due to be staged at the Covent Garden venue in June 2013 under the direction of Richard Jones, the man behind the Anna Nicole Smith opera, to mark its 60th anniversary.


Jubilee - A View from the Crowd

Kensington Palace looks back to 1897, the last time the Queen celebrated 60 years.

Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 24th May - 04th September 2012


As we are in the grip of Diamond Jubilee fever, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne, Kensington Palace gives us an insight into the last time the country celebrated such an anniversary of their queen. In 1897 it was Queen Victoria who had been on the throne for six decades - the first monarch to do so - and through Jubilee - A View From the Crowd we get the viewpoint of the people who celebrated her 60 year reign. Central to the celebrations was a grand procession on 22 June 1897 in London, which took Victoria from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving (parallels can be drawn with today's Service of Thanksgiving), before crossing over the river, through Southwark and back to the Palace. 50,000 troops and 3 million people filled London's streets and the exhibition captures the festive mood of the celebrations through a range of specially selected objects which help transport visitors back to 1897. With London celebrating another Diamond Jubilee in 2012 it's an opportunity to see how the country celebrates such rare occasions. Kensington Palace also has a new permanent exhibition, Victoria Revealed, which tells us more about the life and reign of the queen who was one of the palace's most famous residents.


The Big British Bang

Selfridges celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with fashion, tea and crazy golf.

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1AB

Tube: Bond Street Station , Marble Arch Station


Dates: 01st May - 31st August 2012


The Big British Bang windows at Selfridges, one of London's best known department stores, give a hint of what's happening inside in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee. The Big British Bang festival this summer brings a riot of union jacks, marmite and tea with very British things to buy at The Big British Shop, the Britannica 1951-1953 exhibition, and a fantastic Big British Tea Party up on the roof. Not only can you enjoy afternoon tea and light lunches on the Oxford Street store's roof, you can book in for a round of crazy golf - on a course created by inventive food sculptors Bompas & Parr who have brought around 200 cypress trees to the roof. Golf can be booked up to three weeks in advance, between 31 May and 2 September, 12noon-6pm daily. From 4 May to 24 June 2012, the Britannica 1951-1953 fashion exhibition, created in collaboration with milliner Stephen Jones - who has put together a collection of hats especially for the occasion - pays homage to some of the most desirable styles worn by the Queen's contemporaries between 1951 and 1953. Trust Selfridges to put on such a fun yet fashionable celebration of very British tastes.




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