Unless you're living as a hermit I'm sure you'll be well aware of the upcoming Jubilee celebrations! Retailers are doing a roaring trade in bunting and British Jubilee themed lines as people prepare for the 60th Anniversary of our Queens reign. One John Lewis store completely sold out of some lines at the weekend! There are promotions a plenty and brands are making the most out of the event!
With a very loooong weekend of celebrations planned lots of us have taken the rest of the week off too! The official celebrations are 2-5th June, with Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th as bank holidays.
So in honour of our lovely Queen this blog is dedicated to her - long may she reign over us, happy and glorious and all that!
This 60th year anniversary marks her Diamond Jubilee - her Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 2002 (50 years) and her Silver Jubilee was in 1977 (25 years)...also the year Elvis died and I was born! The competition for the Jubilee emblem was won by a 10 year old girl below and appears on commemorative items and posters etc.
Diary of Events:
Saturday 2nd June the festivities start with the Epsom Derby races, which the Queen will attend.
Sunday 3rd June it's the Big Jubilee Lunch - lunch parties will be held up and down the country.
Monday 4th June - BANK HOLIDAY for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant which will see over 1,000 boats in a large flotilla along the Thames "celebrating design, music, art, film, fashion and food from the past 60 years". Tickets for public viewing in London's Battersea Park are available still.
Tuesday 5th June - BANK HOLIDAY starting with a royal procession to a national service of thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral, which will include a prayer written especially. Later on there will be a procession through London, ending with an RAF fly by as the royal family reach their balcony.
There will be a concert celebration at Buckingham Palace held by the BBC, performers include: Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran and Stevie Wonder and will be attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family.
Finally in the evening 4,000 beacons will be lit in the UK and all over the world to mark the end of the celebrations and the Queens 60 year reign over the 54 commonwealth states:
Antigua & Barbados, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji (currently suspended), Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomons, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe (currently out).