Find out more about The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

May 23, 2012 by The Co-operative Food

You can’t go far at the moment without reading, or hearing, about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012. It has been 60 years since Elizabeth took the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, who of course came to our attention again recently after the release of the film The King’s Speech.

The Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations will take place across the commonwealth, and the Queen herself will visit many of the countries for which she remains the head of state.

In the UK there will be a series of public celebrations, in particular over the days of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, the 2nd to the 5th of June. The main events over this long weekend kick off with the Queen attending the Epsom Derby on Saturday 2nd June. The Queen’s love of horse racing remains strong as does her interest in boats, which plays a part on the Sunday when the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant takes place. This should be one of the biggest spectacles the Thames has seen in many years with as many as 1000 craft taking part – the procession is expected to be seven and a half miles long!

On Sunday we’ll also have the Big Jubilee Lunch. This is something we can all join in with no matter where we live in the country. It’s the brain child of Tim Smit of Cornwall’s Eden Project and it’s a great excuse for a street party to get all our neighbours together in one big and fun event. Search for and get thinking about what might suit your neighbourhood.

Eating outdoors is always fun, probably because it feels so different, and the Big Jubilee Lunch could be a big barbecue, or maybe something more formal. Your local Co-operative will have all the ingredients you’ll need, and some great Jubilee offers to make your money go that bit further.

The event that most people will remember watching either live for the lucky few, or on our televisions, will be the Jubilee Concert on Monday 4th June. Organised by the BBC it promises to be the great concert of the year bringing together such established talent as Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney, with newcomers Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and many more to be announced. It’ll be held outside of Buckingham Palace and broadcast across the world.

Also on the Monday evening, 2012 or more beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom and other commonwealth countries, with the National Beacon being lit by the Queen following the concert. Again there’s sure to be celebrations surrounding your local beacons, or head to Hadrian’s Wall where 60 beacons will be lit.

On Tuesday 5th June, the actual anniversary of her coronation, there will be a more formal event, the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and the Queen’s Carriage Procession.

Whether we choose to get involved in local events, watch the national events live or on television, we can all enjoy the extra long Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend. The late May bank holiday has been moved to Monday June 4th, and then we have an additional bank holiday on June 5th.

We may never meet the Queen in person, but the Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in the spirit of celebration of her 60 years serving her people and country.

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