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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Updated on June 12, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations for a 60-Year Reign as Queen

Find out all about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and enjoy photos and watch videos from the incredible celebrations!

In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating an incredible 60 years on the throne. In the UK, the weekend of 2-5 June was an extended Bank Holiday, during which everyone joined in with the celebrations.

Find out all about the Diamond Jubilee 2012 here, along with a fascinating look at the Queen's lengthy reign and the ups and downs of the monarchy during this time!

You can also read about the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, from food and street parties to gifts and memorabilia!

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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Britain officially celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012, with a special extended Bank Holiday weekend filled with nationwide events, street parties across the country, and special celebrations in London that included an amazing pageant along the Thames, a superb live concert and wonderful parade through London.

The Jubilee celebrations continue, however, as the Queen has many engagements and appearances to make during 2012 as part of her Jubilee year.

A Jubilee celebrates a milestone in a monarch's reign. The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years on the throne. Only one other British monarch has celebrated a Diamond Jubilee - Queen Victoria in 1897.

Past jubilees for the Queen have been celebrated in 1977 - the Silver Jubilee marking 25 years on the throne, and in 2002 - the Golden jubilee making 50 years. If the Queen achieves a 70 year reign the next jubilee will be in 2022.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

This incredible pageant took place on the afternoon of Saturday 2 June 2012. Despite the dreadful weather, the Queen and fellow royals sailed down the Thames on the beautiful royal barge, amidst a superb flotilla of boats and ships of every kind. A truly historic sight!

"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."

- Queen Elizabeth II

(Source: BrainyQuote)

The Queen's Coronation

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953, officially crowning her as Queen after she had acceded to the throne the previous year, on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.

The coronation was watched by a huge audience as many families bought or borrowed their very first television sets to watch it on. Neighbours gathered in the homes of those who had televisions in order to see the Queen officially crowned.

Diamond Jubilee Fact... Did You Know?

Queen Elizabeth is the second longest serving monarch. Only Queen Victoria has reigned for longer, with 63 years on the throne.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert

The spectacular live concert for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was organized by Gary Barlow and took place on the evening of Monday 4th June 2012. It featured an incredible line-up of stars. from British faves like Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, to international stars such as Elton John, Grace Jones, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder and many more.

The videos below include the amazing fireworks display that closed the show, the speech made by Prince Charles, and many of the star performances of the night.

Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album

Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album
Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album

This beautiful souvenir album of the Queen's life and reign has been put together to mark the Diamond Jubilee, a rare event in royal history.

Wonderfully presented, with an array of beautiful photos and a fascinating insight into the life of the Queen. A must-have for followers of the royal family and for those wishing to have the perfect keepsake of the Diamond Jubilee.

 

Diamond Jubilee Fact... Did You Know?

During her 60 years on the throne, the Queen has given audience to 12 different prime ministers.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Parade

Following the Jubilee service at St Paul's Cathedral, Tuesday 5th June 2012 saw the streets of London lined with scores upon scores of crowds eager to watch the royal parade. True British pomp and circumstance at its very best, with the Queen passing by in the royal carriage and a superb parade by the royal guard, military, royal horses and many more.

Diamond Jubilee Fact... Did You Know?

The Queen is the 40th monarch to reign since William the Conqueror claimed the crown of England.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Speech, Tributes & Celebrations - The Diamond Jubilee in Videos

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Diamond Jubilee Fact... Did You Know?

The Queen is patron of over 600 charities and organisations, and has conferred over 404,500 awards and honours since 1952.

Diamond Jubilee Fact... Did You Know?

The Queen has launched 21 ships during her reign, and sat for 129 portraits!

Photo Credit: London Calling Cupcakes by catbeurnier via Flickr Creative Commons

There was a wealth of events on over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, from the official celebrations in London, to local fetes, street parties and festivals.

The very first street parties were thought to originate in 1919, and were called "Peace Parties" as people celebrated the Versailles peace treaty after World War I. One of the earliest memories of a street party is that of a Cornish man who recalls attending a street party to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George VI in 1935. Since then, street parties have been held to celebrate national events, most often royal occasions, such as jubilees and royal weddings.

(Source: About the Diamond Jubilee)

These Jubilee-inspired ideas can be adapted to any British or patriotic theme, including the upcoming Olympics, a royal-themed party, Euro 2012 and more!

Jubilee Street Party
Find lots of ideas, supplies and more for your Jubilee Street Party or celebratory gathering. Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style, with these grea...

Jubilee Decorations
Looking for Jubilee decorations to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June? Find inspiration for everything from Jubilee flags and bunting, to balloons...

Jubilee Cupcakes
Want to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with some fabulous Jubilee cupcakes? Whether you are going the whole hog with a street party or simply want so...

Union Jack Cupcakes
Learn how to make Union Jack cupcakes - the perfect choice for a Diamond Jubilee street party or celebration, supporting Great Britain in the Olympics, or fo...

Red White and Blue Cupcakes
If you want to make red white and blue cupcakes then look no further! Recipes and inspiration for everything from Stars and Stripes or Union Jack cupcakes, t...

Royal Cupcakes
Making cupcakes to mark a royal celebration, like the upcoming Diamond Jubilee? Then these ideas for royal cupcakes are perfect! Find cupcakes with crowns, q...

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    • GrowthSpark profile image

      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      The Jubilee was great, just a shame about the weather. And I love those cupcakes in the pic, they look really tasty.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Made us laugh how at 86yrs the Queen jumped up into the carriage unaided while Camila and Charles needed a hand! Best of all was when Charles started his speech 'Your Royal Highness.........Mummy...'' It took a moment to register and then she could not resist a whimsical smile. She seemed so happy and human through the celebrations.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      You've created a wonderful Lens - I loved watching the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on TV and seeing all the bunting and Jubilee displays round and about where I live and work. What an awesome woman the Queen is - I'm a fan!

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      seoexperiment lm 5 years ago

      Now! I need to get me some of those super cup cakes.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Great lens. I've always found her inspirational...

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      aksem 5 years ago

      I like to read about Royal Family and treat them with great respect. UK is lucky to have live example of such dignity.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I am a big fan of the Royal Family and it was frustrating at times when living in the USA to find some people who didn't see their value. Of course the situation in the UK is not much better in some areas, but I think traditions should remain, and the Royal Family are a very important part of what makes Britain Great. The Queen has always been very gracious, and her grandsons will I believe make great heirs to the throne and are endearing more people to the Royals with their openness of a new generation.