January 2012: Buckingham Palace announces Queen’s programme for the year, expected to include lengthy tour of Britain but no foreign trips.
Other members of the Royal family will carry out extensive programme of foreign tours to represent the Queen abroad.
January to March: Government will announce which of the UK’s towns is to be given city status to commemorate the Jubilee. One city will also be granted a Lord Mayoralty.
Tuesday, March 20: The Queen will address a joint session of Parliament in Westminster Hall.
March to July: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel around Britain:
29 March: North London 26-27 April: Wales 1-2 May: South West England 15 May: South London 16-17 May: North West England 2-5 June: Central Weekend 13-14 June: East Midlands and East Anglia 25 June and 25 July: South East England 2-6 July: Scotland (Holyrood Week) 11-12 July: West Midlands 18-19 July: North East England
May 10, 11 and 13: The World Comes to Windsor. More than 500 horses and 800 performers will put on a 90-minute equestrian display at Windsor Castle.
Saturday, May 19: Military parade and muster in Windsor.
Saturday, June 2: The central Jubilee weekend begins with the Queen attending the Epsom Derby.
Sunday, June 3: Jubilee River Pageant. Central event of Jubilee weekend, featuring 1,000 boats from around the world processing down the Thames led by the Queen in the Royal Barge.
Sunday, June 3: The Big Jubilee Lunch: Millions of people are expected to take part in street parties and garden parties to toast the Queen’s reign in their own communities.
Monday, June 4: The Diamond Jubilee Beacons. Thousands of beacons will be lit around the world, particularly in Commonwealth countries, to light up the sky.
Monday, June 4: BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace featuring performers from around the Commonwealth.
Tuesday, June 5: Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and carriage procession through London.
Saturday June 16: Trooping the Colour. The official public celebration of the Queen’s birthday.
1. Royal Barge (artist's impression)
2. Royal Progress (international)
- both images cropped from larger pictorials -
May Her Majesty live that long! It's too early to plan such celebration, since a lot can happen in four years. Once you're over 80, every day could be the last day. I am always maximally pessimistic though.
As the three-month Jubilee celebrations are going to tie in with the London Olympics the planning for both has to be done at the same time.
Olympics planning takes years, as every resident of a city that has hosted a modern Olympic Games knows.
In 2005 when it was announced that London had got the 2012 games one of the newspapers (I was in Oxford at the time so bought all the papers the next day) had a FAQ about the Olympics and one of them related to the Jubilee. The answer was along the lines that the Jubilee celebrations would be planned not to crowd the Olympics but be close enough for people to attend both. I have no idea which paper now as I didn't keep them and, of course, the next days and for most of the rest of my trip, the papers were full of the 7/7 bombings (the Olympics were announced at lunchtime on the 6/7).
The Queen is insisting her Diamond Jubilee celebrations are kept low-key – despite courtiers’ hopes for a string of national and international visits.
It follows concerns that the 83-year-old Monarch appeared ‘frail’ when she delivered her speech at the State Opening of Parliament last week.
Plans for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are causing organisers a major headache.
The aim of the 2012 event is to determine the best way of reflecting ‘Britishness’ – but courtiers and Government officials are torn on how to define the term without being seen as either too politically correct or zealously nationalistic, Palace aides say.
‘Britain is such a multicultural society, and this should be reflected, but organisers are worried that it could be perceived as either too Right-wing or far too PC,’ says my well-placed source.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced today that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the creation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The design of the medal, created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, was unveiled by the Governor General today, at Rideau Hall.
Buckingham Palace and the BBC’s Blue Peter programme today announced details of the official emblem chosen for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The emblem is the winning design following a national competition for children aged between 6 and 14. It was designed by 10-year-old Katherine Dewar, from Chester....
On a Sunday afternoon in June 2012, a thousand boats of every shape and size from all over the world – carrying tens of thousands of people – will create the largest flotilla assembled on the Thames for centuries.
At its head, in a newly crafted royal barge, will be the Queen. The organisers have suggested that a million people will be lining the banks.
Detailed description of the events planned for 2-5 June 2012
Saturday 2nd June, 2012
The Queen will attend theEpsom Derby.
Sunday 3rd June, 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen will travel in the Royal Barge which will lead the flotilla.
Monday 4th June, 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace
There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace organised by the BBC with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot.
The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons
A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.
As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon.
Tuesday 5th June, 2012
Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.
The Queen has approved the design of the new medal to be issued to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
The Medal is silver in colour, with a formal image of the Queen on one side and a hexagon with the crown and royal cipher and the dates 1952-2012 on the reverse. It is suspended from a red ribbon with blue and white stripes.
The Medal is a commemorative medal (e.g. as opposed to a decoration for gallantry) and will be presented to members of the Royal Household, the Armed Forces and members of the Emergency Services next year on the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's Accession, i.e. 6 February 2012. It will also be awarded to holders of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross.
Members of the Armed Forces will have to have completed at least FIVE FULL years of service to the Crown on 6 February 2012 in order to qualify for the award of the medal. Both regular and reserve members of the Services will be eligible. Further details of the qualifying criteria are expected shortly.
The medal has been designed by Tim Noadm, the well-known calligrapher and illuminator. He also works as a heraldic artist for The College of Arms.