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Lifestyle – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth

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Today Boca do Lobo celebrates with you the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. Her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. Nowadays she is queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.

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Celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June and communities all around England will be celebrating over an extended bank holiday weekend, and there will be many ways to get involved in local events. Today, the Queen will attend the Epsom Derby. For further information please visit here.

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June 3rd:

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. Visit the pageant website for locations of viewing areas, toilets and information on the Battersea Park festival.

June 4th:

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. Visit here for details of events near you.

June 5th:

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. The events will be shown on big screens in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square.

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