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.

Prince Charles Speech Diamond Jubilee

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.

Red Arrows Diamond Jubilee

Red Arrows

Diamond Jubilee - Carriage Procession And Balcony Appearance

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.

Jubilee Fashion

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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Diamond Jubilee- What to watch…

May 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Diamond Jubilee is set to be the biggest national celebration since the Royal Wedding in April 2011. So it comes as little surprise that live footage will be on the television and radio over the weekend.

Most television channels including BBC, ITV and Sky have chosen to return to the correspondents who covered the Royal Wedding. Huw Edwards and Sophie Raworth are at the helm of the BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage. Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will be taking the reins at ITV and Dermot Murnagham, Eamonn Holmes and Sarah Hewson will be reporting for Sky News.

You’ll be able to watch live footage throughout most of the weekend on all channels so stay tuned!

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What I’m looking forward to watching over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

 

Watch to watch in the run up to the weekend.

  • The Queen and I – ITV 8pm tonight- Ordinary people sharing their personal encounters with The Queen over her reign.
  • A tribute to the Queen by Prince of Wales– BBC 1 8pm 1st June- A personal tribute from Prince Charles which includes unseen images and home movies of the Queen.
  • Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother– ITV 9pm 1st June- Alan Titchmarsh presents a touching documentary for the Diamond Jubilee. This documentary gives a personal insight into the Queen by her closest family including Princes William and Andrew and Princess Anne.

Top Coverage Tip: Remember that most news channel including BBC, ITV and Sky News will be keeping up to date online coverage of the Diamond Jubilee with special news updates, Twitter Feeds and Facebook statuses.

The Diamond Jubilee- Day to day guide of Diamond Jubilee Weekend.

May 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After months of anticipation the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend is nearly here. Next Saturday marks the start of the extended Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend and will see the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations get underway. If you’d like to know what, when and where the official engagements are taking place check out my day-to-day Diamond Jubilee guide.

Saturday 2nd June- The Epsom Derby

The Epsom Derby is famously a favourite event amongst the royals especially the Queen who attends annually. This year’s Derby will be no different as it’s the starting point for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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The Queen at 2011’s Epsom Derby

The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby as guest of honour and watch the races from the comfort of the Royal Box where she’ll be able to see all of the action. Some might be surprised to see the Derby as an official event, however I am not. As the Queen is a lover of all things equine and has enjoyed visiting the Epsom Downs Racecourse throughout her reign.

Sunday 3rd June- The River Pageant

The River Pageant is set to be the most spectacular event of the Diamond Jubilee weekend as over 1000 boats will sail down the River Thames on Sunday afternoon. The boats will range in size, style and appearance but will each bring a sense of Royal Britannia to The Thames which is expected to be lined with spectators.

Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Artist impression of Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Leading the River Pageant is the Gloriana, an 88ft royal barge made specifically for the River Pageant. Gloriana will undoubtedly be the centre piece of the river show but the Queen will not be travelling in the Gloriana. Instead she will be aboard another boat in the pageant, however, Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave will be one of Gloriana’s oarsmen which I’m sure is a huge honour.

I’ll be writing more about the River Pageant later in the week- keep an eye out for this post.

Sunday 3rd June- The Big Lunch

On Sunday The Big Lunch project organised by The Eden Project will see communities, neighbours and families across the country coming together for a jubilee lunch. Your Big Lunch could be a street party with 100 residents from the same village or a low key garden party with you and your closest neighbours. It’s completely up to you.  The project just hopes to bring communities together, and this year, celebrate the jubilee.

Monday 4th June- The Diamond Jubilee Concert

On Monday music’s most iconic performers will take to the stage in front of Buckingham Palace to perform at The Diamond Jubilee Concert organised by Take That singer Gary Barlow. Entry to the concert is free for those who obtained tickets from the public ballot – so please don’t turn up without a ticket.

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Artist impression of Diamond Jubilee Concert

The lucky ticket holders will be invited to a picnic lunch in the Buckingham Palace gardens prior to the concert where the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, Cliff Richard and Tom Jones will perform. I imagine that there will be lots of surprises throughout the evening with many performers using the concert as an opportunity to honour Her Majesty’s reign.

Once the performances come to an end a series of Beacons will be lit across the country and in the commonwealth. At 10.30pm the Queen will light the last Beacon, which is thought to be called the National Beacon. Once lit, concert goers will be able to enjoy a spectacular Diamond jubilee firework display.  

Tuesday 5th June- The Royal Procession

After three days of celebrations the Diamond Jubilee weekend will come to an end with a more formal royal procession. On Tuesday a service of thanks giving will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a reception at Westminster Hall.

The Royal Family will then travel in a traditional carriage procession from Westminster to Buckingham Palace. The Queen and Prince Phillip will lead the procession followed by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and finally Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

 Carriage Procession To Buckingham Palace

A tradition carriage procession along The Mall

The procession will travel through Whitehall, past Trafalgar Square and proceed down The Mall where most of the well-wishers are expected to be awaiting the Royal Family’s arrival. Once the carriage arrives at Buckingham Palace, the Queen and fellow members of the family will appear on the balcony where they (and spectators watching from The Mall and on the TV) will be treated to a Diamond Jubilee flypast by RAF.

What a fantastic Diamond Jubilee weekend we have to look forward too!

Diamond Jubilee Concert Announced

February 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne earlier this week, marking the start of the Diamond Jubilee, further details have been released about national events taking place in the summer to mark the special occasion.

Yesterday it was announced that a music spectacular will be held on Monday 4th June outside the great gates of Buckingham Palace. The music concert simply titled ‘Diamond Jubilee Concert’ has been organised by musician Gary Barlow, and I have to say that the line-up looks extremely impressive.

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Diamond Jubilee Concert Organiser Gary Barlow

Using artists and performers who cover each decade of the Queen’s reign, the Jubilee concert will be headlined by former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, who will be joined by the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Elton John.

Bridging the gap for younger audience members’ pop star Jessie J, musician Ed Sheeran and boy band JLS will also be performing with more acts to be confirmed. It has been suggested that Prince William and Prince Harry are actively involved in who they’d like to see at the event which is honouring their grandmother’s reign.

Artist impression Diamond Jubilee Concert

An artist impression of Diamond Jubilee Concert

Tickets for the event will be like gold dust. However, organisers have implemented a fair public ballot system for anyone who would like to attend. Simply apply online at www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee or via post from there a lucky dip will take place ensuring complete fairness. So once you’ve applied it really is a case of keeping your fingers crossed.

Sir Paul McCartney

Headliner Sir Paul McCartney

Lucky ticket holders will also be granted admission to Buckingham Palace Gardens where you can enjoy a complimentary Jubilee picnic hamper. I was lucky to join the Queen for lunch at Buckingham Palace only a few years ago and it is magnificent, steeped in such history and tradition. So I’ve got my fingers crossed for Diamond Jubilee Concert Tickets and wish you the very best of luck too.

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