The Diamond Jubilee Weekend- Highlights

June 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Diamond Jubilee weekend was packed with royal events each one lavish and wonderfully presented, which makes picking a favourite moment from the weekend extremely difficult. However, the River Pageant was remarkable and I thought that Prince Charles’ speech, which concluded the Diamond Jubilee Concert, added a rare personal touch that summed up the nations feeling of gratitude towards the Queen and Prince Phillip, who was sadly taken ill during the weekend.

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Prince Charles Diamond Jubilee Speech

Annette’s Diamond Jubilee Highlights

The Queen was in high spirits at the Epsom Derby on Saturday which kick started the Diamond Jubilee weekend. A horseracing fanatic, the Queen undoubtedly had a wonderful time, which set the mood for the entire weekend.

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The Epsom Derby

One of the biggest displays of the weekend was the Thames River Pageant. Although the weather was miserable the flotilla was wonderful. Seeing the Royal Family sail aboard the royal barge, Sprit of Chartwell, waving at passing boats and vessels was fantastic for all involved. I personally loved the salute from Warhorse outside the National Theatre, which the Queen also enjoyed greatly.

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Thames River Pageant

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Royal Family on the Royal Barge

Packed with iconic musical artists the Diamond Jubilee Concert was amazing. I enjoyed performances from Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder and have to commend Rolf Harris on his wonderful and impromptu performance of Two Little Boys Alone, which got the Royal Box singing.

Diamond Jubilee Concert

Diamond Jubilee Concert

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Young royals enjoing the Diamond Jubilee Concert

The enormous audience on The Mall, who sang the national anthem at the spur of the moment and chanted for Prince Phillip during the Diamond Jubilee Concert, showcased just how well spirited and supportive the public are towards the Queen and Royal Family.

The Mall during Diamond Jubilee Concert

The Mall

I thought the carriage procession was a lovely way to end the Diamond Jubilee and although it was a shame that the Duke of Edinburgh wasn’t present it was nice to see the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family make their way to Buckingham Palace in such traditional style.

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The Queen in the Dimaond Jubilee carriage procession

The fly past by the Red Arrows added the finishing touch to a truly British occasion and brought a definite smile to the Queen’s face, which was a delight.

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Red Arrows

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Diamond Jubilee Balcony Appearance

This weekend was packed with beautiful clothing from all royals including the Queen who opted for garments with a regal sparkle during most of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

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Jubilee Royal Fashion

Yesterday evening the Queen presented a broadcast of thanks to the nation and Commonwealth after her spectacular Diamond Jubilee weekend. The unexpected message of appreciation nicely rounded off the Diamond Jubilee and gave the feeling that Queen has enjoyed the festivities very much indeed.

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The Diamond Jubilee Royal Carriage Procession – Tuesday 5th June 2012

June 5, 2012 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend is coming to an end and to complete a wonderful royal occasion the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace today.

I’ve always felt that carriage processions are the icing on top of any royal occasion. When Prince William and new wife Kate made their way from Westminster Abbey after the Royal Wedding in 2011, their carriage procession was the perfect opportunity to showcase the new royal couple and it was fantastic to watch.   

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The State Landau Carriage which will be used today

Today the Queen and Prince Phillip will travel in the same carriage used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day, the State Landau Carriage which dates back to 1902 and is steeped in royal history. Following the Queen and Prince Phillip will be members of The Household Cavalry riding on horseback. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will follow in another royal carriage with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry behind. The Royal Family will be joined by over 10000 military personnel who will line the route.

Once the procession reaches Buckingham Palace the Queen and her family will make a balcony appearance, which I’m sure will delight the thousands of spectators who are expected on The Mall. After a short period on the balcony of Buckingham Palace the Red Arrows will perform an honouree fly past for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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A traditional Royal Carriage Procession

The flypast will draw the Diamond Jubilee weekend to a close, and what a spectacular royal occasion it has been. I’ve had the most wonderful time celebrating 60 years of the Queen and I’m sure that she is thrilled with the response to her Diamond Jubilee. Now the nation has the Olympics to look forward too. What a brilliant British summer!

Download the order of service from the ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral here –Jubilee Order of Service.

100 days until the London 2012 Olympic Games

April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The London 2012 Olympic Games are officially 100 days away and excitement is mounting as Seb Coe today revealed the 2012 Olympic Games slogan will be “Inspire a generation”.

BBC Breakfast broadcast from Kew Gardens in London this morning where floral tributes of the Olympic rings were on show. The icon blue, yellow, black, green and red rings have been embedded with over 25,000 flowers and can be seen from the sky, making them the perfect welcome to international visitors travelling to London for the games.

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Olympic Rings at Kew Gardens

With the 100 day countdown upon us various different events are taking place today. The Lord’s Horse Guard Parade earlier lined up in the formation of the number 100 which looked stunning and children are taking part in Olympic themed sporting activities in various parts of the country throughout the day. Plus a special announcement has been made by the Red Arrows, who have revealed that they will appear the London 2012 Opening Ceremony on 27th July with a special performance.

Like lots of people, I unfortunately didn’t get selected for any of the tickets which I applied for. However, I’m not letting this put me off the games. Instead I’m planning on enjoying the Olympics from the comfort of my own home where I’ll be hosting an Olympic themed gathering with family and friends.

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The Lord’s Horse Guard Parade celebrate 100 days to go...

And I’m tempted to look further into the ‘live sites’ which the London 2012 committee has unveiled. They promised to set up 22 huge screens across the country where communities can gather together and watch the games – perfect if you didn’t get ticket. And as Usain Bolt has announced that he wants to ‘amaze’ the world by running the 100 meter in an eye watering 9.4 seconds, watching via a gigantic screen with hundreds of other people would be amazing.

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A huge Olympic themed sandcastle built by school children

So as the countdown continues there are plenty more Olympic 2012 events to look forward. On 18th May the 70 day torch relay will begins and the London 2012 Festival; a cultural celebration of art, dance, music and film kick starts on 21st June and will continue until 9th September when the Paralympic games come to an end.

London 2012 Olympic Games– 100 days to go and counting…!

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