Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Diamond Jubilee Weekend, United Kingdom

The Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years of The Queen's reign is finally here!

FAST FACTS: The Queen is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25 which began on the 6th February 1952.

In the United Kingdom, the whole country is celebrating! Hang up your Union Jack bunting, and wave your flags with pride! The four day weekend of celebration is upon us, we have created this post to share with you all some events that will be happening this weekend in London! 

Have a lovely Weekend!

x Kate and Chelsie x 

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Travelling around London will be very hectic this weekend, so please check your route before travel! 

- Greenwich to Become a Royal Borough! 
As part of the Jubilee celebrations, Greenwich is being made a royal borough!
The Royal Borough status is a great achievement, and a very rare event. There are only three other royal boroughs in London these are - Kensington and Chelsea, Windsor and Maidenhead and Kingston-upon-Thames. 
The title is being awarded to Greenwich in recognition of the close links between Greenwich and the British Monarchy and its global significance as a World Heritage Sight. 
Jubilee Family Festival Presented by Sainsbury's 
Dates: 2nd-3rd June 2012 from 10.30 am at Hyde Park 
This two-day festival will give 50,000 people per day the chance to enjoy a family-friendly selection of live music and entertainment, alongside traditional food and drink. Each day there will be a magical Disney concert created especially for the Jubilee, featuring all 10 Disney princesses as well as familiar songs and characters.
There will be four different zones offering a variety of exciting entertainment, ranging from headline acts on the Main Stage to military displays on the Parade Ground.

Highlights will Include:

  • Disney Zone and a 70-minute Disney concert at the end of each day
  • Performances from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, War Horse and more
  • Beloved children's characters such as Thomas The Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina
  • Entertainment from Commonwealth countries including Bollywood and Maori Kapa Haka dancers
  • Military displays including the White Helmet Motorcycle Display Team and the Black Knights Royal Artillery Parachute Team
  • Traditional British food and drink
  • Kings and Queens, marching bands, face painters and much more!

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant 3rd June 

This is one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the River Thames! There will be up to 1,000 boats taking part in the pageant including those used by our armed forces and emergency services, alongside historic boats, narrow boats and man powered craft. 

Her Majesty The Queen will be aboard The Spirit of Chartwell, a traditional Royal Barge decorated in the style of a grand Pullman railway carriage. The Royal vessels will join the flotilla at 3pm, directly behind the man-powered section, and the Royal Barge will halt beside HMS President at 4.15pm to watch the rest of the pageant sail past. 

Each craft will be decorate with streamers and Union Jack flags, and the passenger boards will carry up to 20,000 member of the public. The flotilla will be preceded by a floating belfry, which will be chiming for the length of the route. Ten musical barges will also accompany the different sections of the flotilla, carrying a range of performs such as the Herald Fanfare Trumpetersand the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

On the Eastern side of Tower Bridge, those ships that are too large to pass underneath will assemble to instead form the Avenue of Sail. There will be more than 60 historic boats lining both banks, that will be in place for public viewing from 30th May. 

Where to watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant? 

Watch, and enjoy the Thames Diamond Jubilee for free along the River Thames. There will be 50 big screens along the route, ensuring that regardless of where you are standing you will see the flotilla in it's full glory! 

The pageant starts at Battersea Bridge at 2.25pm and finishes at Tower Bridge between 5pm and 6pm. It will take roughly 75 minutes for the flotilla to pass at any given point. 

Battersea, Chelsea, Vauxhall, Waterloo and London bridges will all be open to the public, with big screens dotted along the riverside! 

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