2012 marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II reign and there will be celebrations across the country throughout May and June. With a public holiday on the 5th June and the late May bank holiday being moved to Monday, June 4, to form a four-day weekend there is plenty of opportunity to celebrate with a short break.
For those taking London breaks across the extended weekend there will be a range of events to enjoy, organised by Buckingham Palace they include a Big Jubilee Lunch, a Pageant on the River Thames, and a concert at Buckingham Palace.
On the 10th, 11th and 13th of May the royal residence Windsor Castle will host the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. This Pageant involves over 500 horses and 800 performers celebrating the 250 State and Commonwealth visits that the Queen has embarked on throughout her 60 year reign in a 90 min show. The event takes place in the evening but there is also a Jubilee Royal Windsor Horse Show which takes place in the same showground during the day.
The Jubilee year also sees new exhibitions at the Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. While the National Portrait Gallery will host a a touring exhibition of images of the Queen entitled ‘The Queen: Art and Image’ and the Victoria and Albert Museum is holding an exhibition of portraits of The Queen by the renowned photographer Cecil Beaton.
What will you be doing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?