2012 Diamond Jubilee

Regal song and dance

Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee begin in May when The World Comes to Windsor event takes place over four evenings in Windsor.

Celebrating more than 250 state and Commonwealth visits that the Queen has made during her 60-year reign, the show will involve over 500 horses and 800 performers, with military and equestrian displays and musicians and dancers from around the globe, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Maoris, Maasai warriors, Zulu dancers and Russian Cossacks.

The pageant takes place from May 10-13, with the Queen attending the Sunday evening performance.

Tickets for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant are priced between £30 and £100. For more details, go to www.diamond-jubilee-pageant.com


Windosr Castle © VisitBritain

Sail of the centuries

A major highlight of the June jubilee celebrations will be the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, when up to 1,000 boats will take part in the largest Thames flotilla for 350 years.

Over seven miles long, it will consist of tugs, armed forces vessels, fishing and cargo boats and pleasure boats, all decorated with streamers and union flags.

Dunkirk little ships, wooden launches and steam vessels will be alongside passenger boats carrying up to 30,000 flag-waving members of the public.

Music barges will separate the 10 sections of the flotilla, the first being a floating bell tower, its chiming bells being answered by church bells along the route.

Downriver of London Bridge, there will be a gun salute and the flotilla will pass through The Avenue of Sail, made up of traditional Thames sailing boats, tall ships, square riggers plus the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon, the Golden Hinde, and the 204-year-old oyster smack Boudicea, the oldest sailing boat still afloat in Europe.

Rowed and paddled boats, led by Gloriana, a hand-built, 88-foot rowbarge with 18 oarsmen, will head the flotilla. Next will be boats carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations followed by the royal section, including the flagship Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, on which the Queen will travel.

For more information on the pageant, go to www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org

Family fortunes

Fireman Sam and festival friends © J Sainsbury'sLondon’s parks will play host to several festivals over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, including the Jubilee Family Festival presented by Sainsbury’s taking place in Hyde Park on June 2-3.

Up to 50,000 visitors will see celebrity performers and dancers, equestrian events and motorcycle displays, with a 70-minute Disney concert finale each day.

On Sunday, June 3, in Battersea Park, the Diamond Jubilee Festival will reflect design, music, fashion, art, film and food from the Queen’s six-decade reign, with the park divided into zones including a tea dance, vintage hair and make-up and an alternative village fete.

For more information go to www.sainsburys.co.uk/jubilee or www.thediamondjubilee.org

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