The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
To mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign the Diamond Jubilee will take place in 2012. A special four-day Jubilee weekend, 2 – 5 June 2012, will provide an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate and commemorate the events of the last 60 years.
Buckingham Palace will organise a programme of events and, on Sunday 3 June the Queen will lead a Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames. The Pageant will comprise of a flotilla of up to one thousand boats. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever to have been assembled on the river and will include armed forces, fire, police, rescue and other services, as well as passenger boats carrying up to thirty thousand flag-waving members of the public.
Local communities will hold celebrations across the country and, the Department of Communities and Local Government is working with local authorities to produce guidelines to help communities organise locally-run events.
In England, the Department for Education has made regulations to allow pupils and staff to benefit from the extra bank holiday. It is anticipated that most schools in England will take their half-term break in early June rather than late May.
It is envisaged that a special Jubilee commemorative medal will be issued to those who have shown outstanding service to the country. And with only weeks to go to the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games there will be many other events held, in honour of the Queen, to mark the occasion.
The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her Coronation took place on 2 June 1953. The Queen 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.
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