From planting trees to distributing national lottery funds, a number of organisations around the Commonwealth set up initiatives to help communities benefit from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Hundreds of playing fields across the UK will be protected to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee © Press Association
Charities receive tickets for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on 4 June
More than 100 charities and youth support organisations from all over the United Kingdom were given tickets to take part in The Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4 June 2012. Find out more.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award
This new award, to mark the Diamond Jubilee, recognises the work of voluntary organisations throughout the United Kingdom (previously The Queen’s Award for Volunteering has only applied to groups at a local level). It was established by the Cabinet Office with the approval of Buckingham Palace. Members of the public nominated voluntary groups or organisations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 between February and September 2012 and the winners were announced in the autumn. For further information, visit https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/diamond-jubilee.
Jubilee People’s Millions
The Jubilee People’s Millions was a partnership between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of national lottery good cause funding. As a result of this, and to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 60 grants of up to £60,000 were rolled out to projects which improve local communities. For further information, visit www.jubileepeoplesmillions.org.uk
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
A new charitable Trust has been created to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Members of the public will be able to donate. Click here to find out more about the Trust.
The Jubilee Greenway route extends 60 kilometres – one for each year of The Queen’s reign – from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Gardens, up through Paddington to Little Venice, along the Regent’s Canal to Victoria Park, through the Olympic site at Stratford, down to the Thames through Beckton District Park, then over the river to Woolwich and back along the Thames Path to the Tower of London, the Queen’s Walk and eventually back to Buckingham Palace. It is a lasting memorial to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the same way that the Jubilee Walkway was created at the time of the Silver Jubilee in 1977. For further information, visit the Walk London website.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge was an initiative to protect and create hundreds of playing fields throughout the country in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The project was run by Fields in Trust, of which The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Edinburgh is President. The Duke of Cambridge was the Patron of the campaign. Click here for more information.
The Jubilee Woods Project (The Woodland Trust)
The Jubilee Woods Project, run by The Woodland Trust, aimed to plant six million trees across the UK and to involved millions of people. The Princess Royal was Patron of the Project. Click here for more information.
Face Britain (The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts)
Face Britain, the UK’s largest ever art project, gives children and young people aged 4-16 years throughout the UK the opportunity to create self-portraits which will be publicly displayed across the country. All portraits from the online gallery will be combined to create a montage portrait of The Queen, to be projected onto the frontage of Buckingham Palace in the Spring of 2012. The project is run by one of The Prince of Wales’ charities, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. Click here for more information.
Cook for The Queen
British Food Fortnight invited all schools in the UK to create a special menu featuring recipes that showcase the best of British, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The food was served to The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception at Buckingham Palace in June. The competition was the idea of The Duchess of Cornwall and was her special tribute to The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee.
For further information, visit the ‘Love British Food’ website.
Jubilee Time Capsule (Royal Commonwealth Society)
The Jubilee Time Capsule sought to tell the story of the last 60 years through a digital collection stories from across the Commonwealth. It invited people to contribute an item about their family, community, country or the Commonwealth for each one of the thousands of days of The Queen’s reign, thereby using a “people’s history.” It was run by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), of which Her Majesty is Patron. Click here for more information.
Choirbook for The Queen
The Choirbook for The Queen was published to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. It is a collection of 44 contemporary choral anthems by living British composers, including 11 that have been commissioned especially for the Choirbook by the Choirbook Trust. Eighty cathedral and choral foundation choirs sang the anthems during the Jubilee year in the context of services, many of which were broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and on local radio. The Prince of Wales was Patron of the project and the Master of The Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, was heavily involved since the start. For more information, visit www.choirbookforthequeen.org.uk