Concierge Tips – Visiting London for Jubilee Weekend

Concierge Tips – Visiting London for Jubilee Weekend

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – celebrations and events

 Royal Jubilees

  • the first British monarch to mark 50 years on the throne in a significant way was George III
  • the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897

Marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June.

60 years of The Queen’s reign

The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

The central weekend, 2-5 June

Communities all around the country will be celebrating over an extended bank holiday weekend, and there will be many ways to get involved in local events.

Saturday 2 June

Jubilee weekend in London

  • Plan your journey in advance, and allow plenty of time to get around
  • Don’t drive into London unless essential – many roads and bridges will be closed
  • Check the times of last trains, and leave early if you’re concerned about getting home

Epsom Derby

On Saturday The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

For further information about the event, visit the Epsom Downs website.

Sunday 3 June

Big Jubilee Lunch

Up and down the country, neighbours will celebrate the Jubilee by taking part in the fourth annual Big Lunch.

With local councils receiving almost 9,500 road closure applications, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best ever – and there’s still time to get involved.

Thames river pageant

The Queen will lead up to a thousand boats in one of the largest flotillas ever seen on the River Thames. The pageant will start at 2.00 pm, up-river from Battersea Bridge.

A number of viewing areas along the pageant route will be equipped with big screens. The viewing areas will be open from 8.00 am, but space will be limited. See the pageant website for locations of viewing areas, toilets and information on the Battersea Park festival.

Monday 4 June

Concert at Buckingham Palace

Organised by the BBC and featuring some of the biggest name in music, the concert will be attended by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

The ballot for tickets has closed but the concert will be broadcast live from 7.30 pm on BBC One, Radio 2, and on big screens in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and The Mall.

Jubilee beacons

From 10.00 pm, thousands of Jubilee beacons will be lit – culminating in The Queen lighting the national beacon at 10.30 pm.

See the beacons website for details of events near you.

Tuesday 5 June

Service of thanksgiving and carriage procession

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St.Paul’s Cathedral. It will include a prayer written, at The Queen’s direction, by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. A ‘Diamond Choir’ of children from around the UK will sing a specially composed song.

Later in the day, the Royal Family will travel from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace by carriage, along a processional route. Shortly after their arrival, the Royal family will appear on the balcony and an RAF fly-past will take place.

Buckingham Palace has published full details of the processional route, and the events will be shown on big screens in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square.

Related to this page

Official Diamond Jubilee website

View news, announcements, historical information and official images of The Queen released for the Diamond Jubilee. The site also features an interactive timeline, quizzes and puzzles – and you can send a congratulatory message to The Queen.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012A new award has been launched to honour the efforts of charities and voluntary organisations that undertake projects at a national level this year, including groups which are supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Members of the public can nominate a voluntary group or organisation until midnight on 9 September.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

An official medal has been commissioned to mark the Jubilee. Those in the Armed Forces, emergency services and prison service personnel, are among those eligible to wear it

Attending events in London: public transport, road closures and planning your day out

London will host a series of national events as part of the celebrations. The city will be very busy over the extended weekend, so if you’re attending any of the events it’s important to plan ahead:

  • plan your journey in advance and allow plenty of time to get around – buses, tubes and stations will be busier than usual
  • don’t drive into central London unless it’s absolutely essential – many roads and bridges will be closed
  • check the times of last trains, and plan to leave London early if you’re concerned about getting home
  • drink plenty of water and bring sun cream (if it’s hot) or waterproofs (if there’s a chance of rain)
  • bring any medication you’re taking

Use the Transport for London website to plan your journey, and for up-to-date travel news and information on road closures.

BBC big screens around the UK

Major events from the Jubilee central weekend will be shown on big screens around the UK.

BBC Big Screens

BBC Big Screens will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with free celebratory open-air screenings at sites across the UK

The main events of the Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend will be broadcast live on big screens in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the celebrations locally with family and friends. Find out where to go from the lists below:

Sunday 3 June
Coverage of The Big Lunch will begin at 11.00am, as BBC correspondents report on celebrations at street parties and garden parties across the UK. The BBC News channel will also reflect on the preparations for one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the Thames. This will be followed at 1.30pm by the BBC’s live coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The screenings will take place at:

· Belfast – Donegall Square
· Birmingham – Victoria Square
· Bradford – Centenary Square
· Bristol – Millennium Square
· Cardiff – The Hayes
· Coventry – Millennium Place
· Derby – The Market Place
· Dover – Market Square
· Edinburgh – Festival Square
· Leeds – Millennium Square
· Leicester – Humberstone Gate
· Liverpool – Clayton Square
· Manchester – Exchange Square
· Middlesbrough – Centre Square
· Norwich – Chapelfield Plain
· Plymouth – Armada Way
· Portsmouth – Guildhall Square
· Swansea – Castle Square
· Swindon – Wharf Green
· Waltham Forest, London – Walthamstow Town Square
· Woolwich – General Gordon Square

Monday, 4th June
The BBC are bringing together some of the biggest names from the worlds of music, dance and musical theatre for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace. Big Screen coverage will begin at 7pm. It will be available at the following sites:

• Birmingham – Victoria Square
• Bradford – Centenary Square
• Bristol – Millennium Square
• Cardiff – The Hayes
• Coventry – Millennium Place
• Derby – The Market Place
• Dover – Market Square
• Edinburgh – Festival Square
• Leeds – Millennium Square
• Leicester – Humberstone Gate
• Liverpool – Clayton Square
• Manchester – Exchange Square
• Middlesbrough – Centre Square
• Norwich – Chapelfield Plain
• Plymouth – Armada Way
• Portsmouth – Guildhall Square
• Swansea – Castle Square
• Swindon – Wharf Green
• Waltham Forest, London – Walthamstow Town Square
• Woolwich – General Gordon Square

Tuesday, 5th June
The final day of the Diamond Jubilee weekend will be marked by a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. BBC Big Screens will provide a live feed of the Service at 9.15am, followed by the Procession through London at 1.00pm. Screenings will be available at:

• Birmingham – Victoria Square
• Bradford – Centenary Square
• Bristol – Millennium Square
• Cardiff – The Hayes
• Coventry – Millennium Place
• Derby – The Market Place
• Dover – Market Square
• Edinburgh – Festival Square
• Leeds – Millennium Square
• Leicester – Humberstone Gate
• Liverpool – Clayton Square
• Manchester – Exchange Square
• Middlesbrough – Centre Square
• Norwich – Chapelfield Plain
• Plymouth – Armada Way
• Portsmouth – Guildhall Square
• Swansea – Castle Square
• Swindon – Wharf Green
• Waltham Forest, London – Walthamstow Town Square
• Woolwich – General Gordon Square

Source Direct Gov http://www.direct.gov.uk

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