Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, Details announced

Buckingham Palace, London, UK
Buckingham Palace, London, UK

Highlight of the Golden Jubilee in 2002?

Planning ahead

A year before Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee celebrations get underway in the UK, the palace has announced the itinerary. The Queen will be 86 at the time of next year's celebrations.

Many have long thought that she wanted to hold the record for the longest serving monarch and or Queen of the British Isles. Others just believe she has continued to reign as her children have been so troubled in recent years. Finding a suitable successor will not be easy. Perhaps this is why many pundits believe it will be Prince William rather than Charles who will ultimately succeed to the throne.

Love or loathe them there is no doubt that the British Royal Family are good at pomp and ceremony. You only have to look at the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The royals may berate the media at times but they like to court it when it suits. Special anniversaries and jubilee celebrations are always good for cementing "the firm" deeper in its foundations.

The palace and government are expecting the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012 to provide a good lead up to the London Olympics and be a huge success. You may think that with such austere times this might not be the case. Look back to the last jubilee celebration and you will see that you are probably wrong.

The one good thing for many UK residents is that we will receive an additional day's leave from work, as an extra Bank Holiday. Yippee. Now for the itinerary for those who may want to join in.

Official website for the British Monarchy here

Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee but people were different back then
Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee but people were different back then | Source
The coronation in June 1953
The coronation in June 1953 | Source
The Queen 2011
The Queen 2011 | Source
Then and now
Then and now | Source

Diamond Jubilee Itinerary, so far

Saturday 2nd June 2012

The Queen is an avid racegoer and horse lover. This day will be the Epsom Derby. In 2011 the Queen's horse only managed third place this year the Queen will be hoping to do better.

Sunday 3rd June 2012

Today will be heralded the "big jubilee launch". The Queen will lead a flotilla of 1,000 boats along the Thames It is estimated that at least 30,000 people will be on the water. The Fltoilla will be the grandest river pageant since the reign of Charles II.

A special barge will transport the royal family who will disembark at Tower Bridge. There visit to Tower Bridge will not mirror those of some Royals in the past. It will be no "off with their heads". Instead they will watch the other vessels go past. Organisers expect that more than a million people will gather at the water’s edge for the flotilla, in effect the seven mile spectacle.

Those organising the Diamond Jubilee hope that this will be the day that people around the UK attend organised street parties. Although these are popular with kids and families they can be a nightmare for other neighbours. Many were held for the last Jubilee, the Queen's Golden one.

Monday 4th June 2012.

Buckingham Palace will be hosting a live, televised concert on this day. This was a success during the Golden Jubilee. Those appearing have yet to be confirmed. Tickets will be allocated through a ballot. Prices are unknown yet but they could be free.

The organisers also hope that 2012 beacons will be lit around the UK, and the ever decreasing commonwealth.

Tuesday 5th June 2012.

This day it expected to be a more formal; day of celebration. The great British public may have different plans though. This extra day's leave from workcould be used for a day out, a long weekend, a BBQ or whatever. For the Royals it will include service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s and a carriage procession through London.

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Let's talk money

There is no doubt that the Queen has served this country well all these years. Whether the wages bill fits the job is debatable. Of course it is the host of hangers on who most people deplore.

Right now the UK is still struggling financially. Yes in such times some clebrations are vital. Look at the frivolous movies which became popular during the great depression.

However, if the global economy considers to worsen and the UK follows suit these celebrations will be deemed an unnecessary cost by most people.

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ethel smith 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Yes Judith as a 60year old English woman I do understand thanks :)

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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Good for you :)

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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

I cant wait. I love all the pomp and circumstance.

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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Yes I guess it does. We still have our "bad eggs" but compared to some countries.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Besides the fascination with your Royals, I'm personally envious of your parliamentary system of government and how it allows for getting rid of bad or inept politicians so quickly. ;D

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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Trooping of the colour 2012 will be on 16th June 2012, so well after the Jubilee celebrations. I have added a link at the end of the hub to a monarchy site for those who want to know more. I know other countries are fascinated by our Royals.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Some Brits may think these displays are a waste of money, but they DO promote tourism, which translates to jobs and pots of money the UK wouldn't get without them. That said, I notice there's no mention of the annual Trooping of the Colours which is held around this time. ???

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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Well Kath it will be a great few days for some :)

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Thanks for the update Ethel, I always know where to go to get the Royal goods, otherwise I am afraid I would really be out of the loop :-) Thank you for sharing!!

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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Ah a Royalist eh :) THanks for the visit Susan

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SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks for this good information and I look forward to more pomp and circumstance.

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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

You never know Kashmir lol. Thanks for stopping by all of you.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi ethel, a very well written and interesting hub, which made it a very enjoyable read, and i also learned a few things about the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, maybe if the queen reads your hub you might get a invite .

Useful and vote up !!!

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A erll etiyyrn hub, as always, and I love these celebration of the Royal families. Let's face it, presidents are not cheaper either but boring. I sincerely hope they skip old Chalie and that............

I must remember not use those words. lol

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albertacowpoke 5 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

Another great hub. Thanks for the info. I am sure the ceremonies will be splendid and the money will be spend no matter what.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for all the information about next years celebration. I have always admired the Queen and obviously they will spend the money whether its practical or not. This is a well written hub. Rated up.

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