There are lots of ways you can follow The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend of events – watch activities broadcast on television from your home, gather at a BBC Big Screen in a location near you, or visit London to experience the atmosphere of this historic occasion first-hand.
Saturday 2 June 2012
Epsom Derby – look out for The Queen at the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday – featuring one of the world’s greatest flat races of all time.
Sunday 3 June 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch – happening in parks, gardens, streets and public places across the country –the event is being organised by the ‘Big Lunch’. BBC Big Screen coverage of The Big Jubilee Lunch commences at 11.00 am on Sunday. Are you holding or attending a Big Jubilee Lunch? Why not add your event to our Street Party Map.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant – at approximately 2.30 pm on Sunday, a flotilla of 1,000 boats will embark from Albert Bridge on a journey down the Thames. A Royal Barge – The Spirit of Chartwell – will carry The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who are expected to arrive at Tower Bridge around 4.15 pm. Find out more here.
Monday 4 June 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace – commencing at 7.30 pm on Monday evening, don’t miss this glittering concert to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee featuring a star-studded programme. The event will be broadcast on the BBC, as well as Big Screens from 7.00 pm across the country.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons – later on Monday evening, at approximately 10.30 pm, The Queen will light a National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace – one of an amazing 2,012 beacons to be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.
Tuesday 5 June 2012
A Day of Celebrations – on Tuesday The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated with various events across central London. BBC Big Screen coverage commences at 9.15 am for the Service of Thanksgiving and at 1.00 pm for the Carriage Procession.
A Service of Thanksgiving, St Paul’s Cathedral – The Queen departs from Buckingham Palace at approximately 10.15 am to attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral at 10.30 am.
Receptions and Lunch – The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave St Paul’s Cathedral at 11.30 am for a reception at The Mansion House, followed, at shortly after 12.30 pm, by lunch at Westminster Hall.
Carriage Procession – At 2.20 pm The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh commence their Carriage Procession. They will travel in the 1902 State Landau from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace, passing through Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and The Mall. Other Senior Royals including Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will also travel in the procession.
Balcony Appearance – At around 3.25 pm on Tuesday afternoon, The Royal Family are due to make a Balcony appearance, at which point there will be a celebratory Flypast and ‘Feu de Joie’.
Please note: All times are in British Summer Time
Image: Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abbey, following the Observance for Commonwealth Day Service on Monday 12 March 2012. Photo credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire.