The grand festivities will take place the first weekend in June. This is consistent with the time of year the Brits normally celebrate the Queen’s birthday. (There’s a story surrounding when the English mark the actual vs. celebrated birthday of their reigning monarch . . . that’s a story for another blog.) Events are slated from Saturday, June 2-Tuesday, June 5th. They’ve even thrown in extra “bank holidays” so that Monday and Tuesday are holidays for all. Hip, hip, hooray!
The Queen and her husband, Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, have been traveling around the UK since March, where they have been making “celebratory trips” to local communities. Celebrations are scheduled in the other Commonwealth countries, and the Queen is sending members of the royal family to represent her. You may recall that Prince Harry wowed them in Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica. Charles and Camilla will be visiting Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Will and Kate will be visiting Malaysia and Singapore.
Some of the events planned for the big weekend are:
Thames Pagaent- The Queen will lead (in the Royal Barge) a flotilla of 1,000 boats down the Thames (Sunday, June 3rd).
Service of Thanksgiving – A service in St. Paul’s Cathedral and lunch at Westminster Hall with a formal carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace (Tuesday, June 5th).
I’m tracking down what events will be broadcast live on this side of the pond, and will be providing updates in future Jubilee posts.
For those of you traveling to London at this time, it will be hard to miss all that’s going on. Be aware of certain closures due to the bank holidays, and get a good seat on the parade route! I recommend The Mall, just opposite St. James Palace (near gate to entrance of St. James Park) as this vantage point served me well for the Royal Wedding last year. Cheers!