Jubilee Events in London
It's a ridiculously busy weekend in London. Here's whats happening:
Saturday 2 June
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.
Sunday 3 June
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.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: The big one. 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.
Approximate timings are as follows:2:30 pm BST – The Queen embarks the Royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, near Albert Bridge 3pm Chelsea Bridge3:30pm Waterloo Bridge4pm Tower Bridge
Monday 4 June
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.
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.
Approximate timings are as follows:19:30BST – Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace beginsAfter 22:30BST – The Queen lights the National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace
Tuesday 5 June 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, Flypast, and Feu de Joie.
Approximate timings are as follows:10:15BST – The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace by car10:30-11.30BST – Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s 12.30BST – The Queen travels by car from Mansion House to the Palace of Westminster14:20BST – Carriage Procession from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace commencesApproximately 15:25BST – Royal Family appear on the Balcony at Buckingham Palace