Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002, so this year it’s time to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee! The only other British queen to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was queen Victoria in 1897.
A long weekend of parties and pageantry will evidence the 60 years of the Queen’s reign. From Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June the main programme will take place with several activities that will occur throughout the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.
In order to mark her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee the Queen, and other members of the Royal Family, will travel throughout the United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,and overseas this year.
Let’s see the programme that Buckingham Palace announced for the celebration of the 60 anniversary of the reign:
May 10, 11 and 13: the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, dancers, musicians, more than 500 horses and 800 performers will put on a 90-minute equestrian display at Windsor Castle.
Saturday, June 2: the Jubilee weekend begins with the Queen attending the Epsom Derby.
Sunday, June 3: the central event of Jubilee weekend takes place with the Thames River Pageant, up to a thousand boats from around the world will muster on the River Thames in preparation for the Queen in the Royal Barge.
Sunday, June 3: The Big Jubilee Lunch, the fourth annual Big Lunch will fall on the same weekend as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so millions of people are expected to take part in street parties and garden parties to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign.
Monday, June 4: The Jubilee Beacons, thousands of beacons will be lit around the world to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's 60 year reign over the UK and as head of the Commonwealth.
Tuesday, June 5: service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and carriage procession through London.
London’s museums and galleries will mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with special exhibitions: the National Maritime Museum will open 'Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames' in April 2012, it will explore the relationship between the Queen, the City of London and the River Thames; the National Portrait Gallery will stage ‘The Queen: Art and Image’, a touring exhibition of images of the Queen; the Victoria and Albert Museum is holding an exhibition of portraits of The Queen by photographer Cecil Beaton, which will tour around the Uk and, during the 2012, the Royal Collection will hold exhibitions at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and elsewhere in the United Kingdom to mark the Diamond Jubilee.