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The Central Weekend 2 – 5 June 2012

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The Central Weekend to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee culminated in a Ceremonial Day which included a service at St Paul’s and a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace

 

The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the final day of the weekend of celebrations marking HM's Diamond Jubilee, London, 5 June 2012. © Buckingham Palace Press Office

The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the final day of the weekend of celebrations marking HM’s Diamond Jubilee, London, 5 June 2012. © Buckingham Palace Press Office

The Queen waves to the crowds after leaving Westminster Hall on the last day of the weekend of celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee, London, 5 June 2012. © Press Association

The Queen waves to the crowds after leaving Westminster Hall on the last day of the weekend of celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee, London, 5 June 2012. © Press Association

The Queen and The Prince of Wales on stage with the performers at the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace, London, 4 June 2012. © Press Association

The Queen and The Prince of Wales on stage with the performers at the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace, London, 4 June 2012. © Press Association

The Big Jubilee Lunch in Piccadilly. ©Press Association

The Big Jubilee Lunch in Piccadilly. ©Press Association

 

The Central Weekend to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee takes place from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012, with celebratory activities throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

The Jubilee Weekend features an extra Bank Holiday for the Diamond Jubilee, with the late May Bank Holiday moved one week later, thereby making a 4-day long weekend. Find out more.

The main programme of events are as follows:

Saturday 2 June, 2012
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

Sunday 3 June, 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch. Find out more.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla. Find out more

Monday 4 June, 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC. Find out more

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. Find out more

Tuesday 5 June, 2012
The Diamond Jubilee weekend will culminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance and Flypast.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and many Members of The Royal Family, will attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral on the morning of Tuesday 5th June.  The Service will be conducted by the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preach. A special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee will be included in the service.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will then attend a short reception at Mansion House. Other Members of The Royal Family will attend a reception at Guildhall. These receptions are for those taking part in the Service of Thanksgiving and members of the congregation.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, will drive from Mansion House to Westminster Hall to attend a Diamond Jubilee lunch to be given for The Queen by the Livery. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will also attend this lunch.

A small number of representatives from sponsoring livery companies will be present at the lunch, with the vast majority of the guest list of approximately 700 comprising people from all over the country whose trade, craft or profession is represented by one of the many different liveries taking part in the event, together with the charities, schools and other organisations they support. The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain will perform a programme of music at the lunch.

Following the lunch, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will depart the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, travelling along a Processional Route by Carriage. The Queen and Prince Philip will be using the 1902 State Landau in this procession.  Find out more about the processional route.

There will be personnel from all three military services lining the streets for the procession, military bands along the route, and the procession will be accompanied by the Sovereign’s Escort. The King’s Troop will fire a 60 gun salute during the carriage procession. There will be a Guard of Honour present in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Shortly after their arrival, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other Members of The Royal Family will appear on the Balcony, at which point there will be an RAF Flypast and a Feu de Joie (“Fire of Joy” – a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by The Queen’s Guard) from the Forecourt.

Members of the Media seeking accrditation for these events should visit: https://accred.compicweb.com/diamondjubilee

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