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Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II

A national competition to design an “official emblem” for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 attracted over 35,000 entries from school children aged between 6 and 14. The overall winner of the competition, which was supported by Buckingham Palace and promoted through the BBC’s Blue Peter Programme, was 10 year old Katherine Dewar from Chester. Katherine, along with the winners and runners up from each age category, was invited to meet the Queen at a special reception at Buckingham Palace in February 2011.

Saturday 2 June, 2012

The long weekend of celebrations began with The Queen's visit to the Epsom Derby, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh.

Sunday 3 June, 2012

The Big Jubilee Lunch:
Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people were encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant:
This event took place on the Thames and consisted of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh travelled in the Royal Barge which formed the centrepiece of the flotilla.

Monday 4 June, 2012

BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace:
A host of famous faces came together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace.
Staged in the stunning surroundings of the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, the BBC and Gary Barlow have brought together leading talent from the world of music. The concert will include classic hits and one-off collaborations from artists including Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Ed Sheeran. Other names will be announced in due course.
The unique concert stage has been designed by world-renowned architect Mark Fisher, and it will make full use of the historic backdrop with spectacular lighting and projections.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons:
Over 4,000 beacons were lit around the world to mark the Diamond Jubilee on the third day of celebrations.

Tuesday 5 June, 2012

On Tuesday 5 June, the Diamond Jubilee weekend culminated with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie.
Watch the Diamond Jubilee chronicles

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