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The Queen’s Jubilee

May 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Children, City Library, Events, News, Teens, Trustees

Britain and the world gets ready for The Great Big Days! Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 60 years on the throne in early June, 2012, her Diamond Jubilee.

To prepare for the event:

Bank of England—Bank holiday on June 4, 2012 and June 5, 2012.

British Summer Time holiday for government and citizens.

All schools closed for month of June.

Pre-Jubilee Events:

March 12: Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey.

May 10, 11, 13:  Diamond Jubilee Pageant (dancers, musicians, military, equestrian displays).

May 19:  Parade and Muster at Windsor Castle (all armed forces of the United Kingdom).

Central Weekend: June 2-5, 2012

June 3:  Thames River Pageant: At high water the queen will lead at least a thousand boats down the Thames: one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river.  Down river at Tower Bridge there will be a gun salute and an avenue of sailing ships. The Royal Navy will also be in attendance.

June 4: Concert at Buckingham Palace – The Queen and Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family and 10,000 members of the public who were selected to receive free tickets will attend a Concert at the Palace.  The BBC will televise the event. There will also be special Jubilee Beacons lit.

June 5: Service of Thanksgiving – The Queen and Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family will attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  A prayer, written at the Queen’s direction by the Chapter of St. Paul’s in honor of the Diamond Jubilee, will be used in the service. Children from across the UK will also have the chance to sing at the Service of Thanksgiving as part of the Diamond Choir.

Other Events:

Big Jubilee Lunch: Basically a  nationwide block party for neighbors – a great excuse to get to know people, try new things and have a party!

Thousands of beacons will be lit around the world.

Jubilee Time Capsule: The Royal Commonwealth Society has organized a special Jubilee Time Capsule, a digital archive of The Queen’s reign. You can contribute to this by picking a day and adding your memories and stories of that day. You can use photos, words or videos and talk about anything you want.

Establishment of a new charitable trust: Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

Other information:

The Diamond Jubilee emblem was chosen from a national competition and won by 10-year old, Katherine Dewar.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal an official medal commissioned to mark the Jubilee.  Armed Forces and emergency services personnel are eligible to wear it.

To become Britain’s longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth, will have to reign until September 10, 2015. Long may she reign!

John

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