Full list of the major Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events in London: guide to times and places plus where to watch celebrations on public big screens.
Jubilee Saturday, 2 June 2012
Where: Epsom Downs
Time: 12:00 – 16:30
The derby dates back to 1780 and is still one of the most illustrious events in the UK. The Queen loves a good horse race and will be in attendance to begin her Jubilee celebrations. Check www.epsomdowns.co.uk for last minute tickets.
JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY
Where: Hampton Court Palace
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
This Jubilee all-dayer takes place at the favoured residence of King Henry VIII. In the style of a vintage 1950s garden party, it’s time to nibble scones and sip champagne, then you can jive to a live brass band and look back to the eras where both queens Elizabeth I and II reigns began.
Jubilee Sunday, 3 June 2012
BIG JUBILEE LUNCH
Where: In your neighbourhood and all over the UK
Time: Lunch time
Millions are expected to celebrate the Jubilee by taking part in street parties and community events across the country for the fourth annual Big Lunch.
The beauty of The Big Lunch is that people themselves decide everything about their own event. The venue can be wherever you want or have space, the theme is whatever you fancy – we suggest (ahem) ‘Royal’ – with food and people the key ingredients. Local councils have received almost 9,500 road closure applications for Jubilee street parties.
See www.thebiglunch.com and check out your borough council’s website for locations.
JUBILEE RIVER THAMES PAGEANT
Where: Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge, along the River Thames
Time: 14:00-18:00 (approx)
At high water in the afternoon, a flotilla of 1,000 boats, including Australian lifesavers, will gather on the Thames in London for the main event – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.
The nautical procession formerly starts at Battersea Bridge near Chelsea, however boats will be assembling earlier near Hammersmith. The fleet complete their voyage at Tower Bridge by the Tower of London, where there will be a gun salute. Britannia rules the waves!
Viewing areas will be open from 8:00 and space will be limited. See an interactive map of the best viewing locations at:
Jubilee Monday, 4 June 2012
DIAMOND JUBILEE CONCERT
Where: Buckingham Palace and parks around London
Time: 19:30 — 22:00
10,000 members of the public were lucky enough to snare tickets for the Queen’s very own Jubilee rock concert in front of Buckingham Palace in London. But we can all be there.
Take That’s Gary Barlow has assembled some of the biggest names in pop, dance and musical theatre to perform, including: Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, JLS, Ed Sheeran, Cliff Richard, Jessie J, Madness and Sir Tom Jones. Representing Australia at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert will be Gurrumul and Kylie Minogue.
If you don’t have a ticket (who does?), then you can join the minions watching on big screens along The Mall near Buckingham Palace and in parks around the city – see below for locations – or just kick back and watch the BBC live telecast from the comfort of home.
JUBILEE BEACONS CEREMONY
Where: Around the Commonwealth
Time: 22:00- 22:30
More than 4,000 Jubilee beacons will be lit across the UK and around the world to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. For details on your local area and how to be involved, see: www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk
Jubilee Tuesday, 5 June 2012
SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND JUBILEE CARRIAGE PROCESSION
Where: St Paul’s Cathedral, then Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace
Time: From 10:30
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will be joined by dignitaries from around the world in attendance of a national Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
After lunch at Westminster Hall, the Royal Family will travel by carriage to Buckingham Palace with military personnel will lining the Jubilee route. The procession culminates with a palace balcony appearance by the family and a flypast of RAF aircraft followed by a Feu de Joie (“Fire of Joy” — a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by The Queen’s Guard), concluding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The day’s events will be broadcast on public big screens in St James’s Park, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park – see below.
View this 3D Google map of the Jubilee Carriage Procession route:
WHERE TO WATCH QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE EVENTS ON BIG SCREENS IN LONDON
The BBC and The Royal Parks are putting on big TV screens in London for the public to view the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events.
For the Diamond Jubilee BBC Concert and Beacon Lighting Ceremony on 4 June, you can watch BBC Big Screens located along The Mall, in Hyde Park and in St. James’s Park.
For the the Ceremonial Carriage Procession and Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving on 5 June, you can watch BBC Big Screens in Hyde Park and St. James’s Park.
Major Jubilee events will also be broadcast on big screens in Trafalgar Square.
For the official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee website, go to: www.thediamondjubilee.org
Updated on Saturday, 2 June 2012