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Post by Joanna on Thu May 31 2012, 17:20

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9302524/Diamond-Jubilee-what-is-going-on-where.html


Queen's Diamond Jubilee:
what is going on where?


Britain is gearing up for four days of major celebrations as it prepares for a series of events to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Preparation underway at the Queen Victoria Memorial on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace Photo: Andrew Parsons
2:40PM BST 31 May 2012

From neighbourhood street parties to the balcony of Buckingham Palace,
the nation will be abuzz with music, festivities, buntings and beacons.
Huge crowds of spectators are expected to gather for showpiece spectacles including the Thames river pageant and the BBC's Palace concert, while millions more will watch on television.

Participants will no doubt be keeping their fingers crossed that, though temperatures are expected to dip from the highs of recent days, the weather will hold off and that rain does not spoil the Jubilee weekend.
Forecasters say that Saturday will be mainly dry, with the best of the temperatures in southern and central England, which should reach around 17C for the Queen's trip to the Epsom Derby.

Sunday will see heavy rain in the South West, spreading across Wales and central England with scattered showers elsewhere though weather for the river pageant in London should remain dry, with temperatures up to 16C.

Here are some of the key events taking place this weekend:

The Epsom Derby
The racing festival will mark the start of the celebrations when the monarch arrives on Saturday. The Queen, who is herself an experienced horse breeder, will visit the paddock and speak to trainers and jockeys.
More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the event where Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins will sing the National Anthem and the Red Arrows will stage a spectacular display.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
A highlight of the weekend, the pageant on Sunday will feature
more than 1,000 boats both traditional and modern escorting the Queen
and the Duke of Edinburgh, who will sail down the Thames on a specially-decorated royal barge.
The flotilla will include ten musical barges carrying choirs and orchestras and is expected to be watched by a million spectators lining the river banks, as well as millions more watching on television at home.

The Big Jubilee Lunch
On the same day, across the country, people are being encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends in street parties or picnics.
Almost twice as many street parties are expected to take place to celebrate the Jubilee as were held during last year's royal wedding, with as many as 10,000 planed.

Buckingham Palace concert....."Our Merlin will be there !" Yahooooo
Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney, Jools Holland and Jessie J are among the artists due to perform for the Queen and other members of the Royal Family in front of the Palace on Monday evening.
The concert has been organised by the BBC with Take That singer Gary Barlow. Guests, who have been granted tickets by ballot, will also be invited to a Jubilee picnic in the Palace's gardens.

Beacons
At 10pm, when the concert is due to finish, more than 4,000 beacons are to be lit in the UK and around the world to mark the Jubilee.
At many of the sites the event will be celebrated with entertainment such as music and fireworks. Many church towers are also expected to be lit up.

Service of thanksgiving
On Tuesday, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a service
at St Paul's Cathedral, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and including a Jubilee prayer.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will accompany the monarch down the aisle during the service, which will be preceded by a trumpet fanfare.
The ceremony will include a reading given by David Cameron.

Carriage procession
After a Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the 1902 state landau to Buckingham Palace,
followed in a carriage procession by other senior members of the Royal Family.
The route - along Whitehall, to Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch and down the Mall - is expected to be lined by thousands of wellwishers. A 60-gun salute will be fired during the procession.

Balcony appearance
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family
are to appear on the Palace balcony and watch an RAF flypast.
With thousands of spectators looking on, there will be a Feu de Joie ("Fire of Joy") - a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by the Queen's Guard from the forecourt.

Festivals
Large gatherings are taking place including music, traditional food and big screens showing the major Royal events, at sites such as Hyde Park and Battersea Park in London.
Elsewhere in England, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight is to host Victorian-themed events over the weekend, while Beeston Castle in Cheshire is to stage
a mediaeval royal pageant.

Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
In Edinburgh, family events are being held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse over the weekend, while Handel's Coronation Anthems will be performed during a concert at the Usher Hall by the Academy of Ancient Music on Monday.
Cardiff's Millennium Centre is hosting food and craft schools and live performances while in Northern Ireland, Belfast City Hall is hosting a Jubilee carnival on Monday.

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Post by Merlin on Thu May 31 2012, 17:47

cheers One will!

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Post by Joanna on Thu May 31 2012, 17:55

Have a great time ~Merlin Superdupercool

Tell us all about it next week please ?

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Post by Lakin460 on Thu May 31 2012, 19:28

WOW!!!! Would I LOVE to be there! OH it sounds like the most fun, all that pageantry and fanfare and celebration! I hope you have the bestest time, Merlin! Thumbs up! We'll all be thinkin' 'bout ya' back here...

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Post by Merlin on Thu May 31 2012, 20:07

Thanks! Looking forward to it both the picnic in Buckingham Palace Gardens and seeing my Elton (been a fan since I was 12)!

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Post by Joanna on Thu May 31 2012, 20:59

Elton was in hospital last week & had to cancel 3 Vegas shows.
Is he well enough now to show on Monday do you think ?
Hope so, I like him too.

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Post by Merlin on Thu May 31 2012, 21:32

Yes...thank goodness! He's at home and much better and will be there on the day....

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Post by silly girl on Thu May 31 2012, 23:32

This sounds like a wonderful time...I have been to London a couple of times and was there during June one year....we got to see the Queen's birthday celebration....loved it. Wish I could go back. Enjoy!

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Post by Joanna on Fri Jun 01 2012, 00:31

There should be TV coverage I'd imagine world wide
for those interested...rain is forecast unfortunately
over the weekend...shucks

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Post by playfuldeb on Fri Jun 01 2012, 04:49

Maybe Merlin could get a pair of those glasses that have a video cam in them, so we can see everything she sees, as she is seeing it. Blimey, wouldnt that be the bees knees. Then if she accidentally drops a clanger because she gormless she can pass it off as barmy. Just remember knees-up and tickety-poo.

hope I got that right and didnt offend anyone. Got the quips from my online book of British Slang!


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Post by Merlin on Fri Jun 01 2012, 07:37

Ha ha Deb...sounds like London slang we don't speak like that in Liverpool LOL

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Post by Lakin460 on Fri Jun 01 2012, 14:45

Deb, that was funny. Didn't understand hardly a word! Say wha?

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Post by Lighterside on Sun Jun 03 2012, 15:43

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/31/the-queen-s-jubilee-takes-some-explaining-so-the-daily-beast-walks-you-through-it.html

The Queen’s Jubilee Takes Some Explaining, so The Daily Beast Walks You Through It
by Tom Sykes May 31, 2012 6:52 PM EDT


In the run-up to Her Majesty’s celebration of 60 years on the throne, Americans are no doubt baffled by some of the hoopla’s intricacies. Tom Sykes explains it all.

OK, so what are the Brits celebrating this weekend?
They are rejoicing at the fact that Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60 years this year, having inherited the job upon the death of her father, George VI, in 1952. It is a bit confusing because George ("Bertie" of King’s Speech fame) actually died in February 1952, but the actual formal coronation did not take place until June the following year (1953). But, let’s face it, you can’t really have a party in London in February.


60? Isn’t a diamond anniversary 75?
It used to be. Traditionally, the golden anniversary was 50 years, and the diamond anniversary of a person or event was on the 75th birthday. This changed with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the only other British monarch to have spent 60 years on the throne. There was considerable national unrest when Queen Victoria withdrew from public life after Albert’s death in 1861, and it was therefore decided to bring her Diamond Jubilee forward–by 15 years!—to the 60th anniversary in 1897. A diamond anniversary is now usually the 60th, not the 75th, much to the delight of jewelers everywhere.



60 years seems a long time to be in any job. Might she retire soon?
Not a chance. The favored option at this stage is to keep on going forever. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, are known to be deeply nervous about the impact on the British people that the unpopular King Charles-and-Queen- Camilla combo will cause. Contrary to popular rumor, Chaz and Camilla have no intention of standing aside to allow William and Kate on the throne. If the Queen lives as long as her mother, she will live another 15 years, which may at least mitigate the damage Charles can do.


What’s happening in London this weekend?
The celebrations kick off in earnest on Sunday with a 1,000-boat flotilla on the Thames, headed up by a ceremonial craft, Gloriana, and the royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which will contain the Queen, Philip, William, Harry, Kate, Charles, and Camilla. It is the first time the monarch and the second, third, and fourth in line to the throne have traveled in the same vehicle. If the boat tips over, it’s a case of arise, King Andrew. Unsurprisingly, the Thames is witnessing the biggest security operation ever undertaken by London’s police force, with all police leave canceled.


Then back to work on Monday?
No, no, and thrice no. For not only is Monday a holiday, but the British people have also been granted an extra day off by Her Maj on Tuesday. Monday is going to be the big party day in London, with a televised Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace and the lighting of a network of 2,012 beacons throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. At 10:30 p.m., the Queen will light the National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace. Tuesday will see yet more celebrations in central London, and some formal set pieces, including a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a balcony appearance and flypast. Tuesday is already being colloquially referred to as “hangover day’” by party loving Brits, and Wednesday as “hell day.”


Is everyone in Britain into this?
It seems like it. Shops are covered in Union Jacks, bunting has sold out, and everyone loves an excuse to bake patriotic cookies. But a protest group called Republic have been authorized to hold an anti-monarchist meeting on the banks of the Thames during the riverboat pageant, and it is thought 1,000 people may attend. Also annoyed at all the frivolity are flinty economists, who say that the celebrations could cost the U.K., which is stuck in the brutal euro slump, anywhere from £1.2bn to £3.6bn pounds in lost earnings.


Has there been any mention of Princess Diana?
Not a peep. The first anyone heard of the Queen of Hearts from a senior royal for a long time was during William’s interview with Katie Couric when he spoke about her having “the best seat in the house” at his wedding. Pass the handkerchiefs.


Is Pippa involved?
Pippa Middleton–or more accurately, her butt—was the surprise hit of last year’s royal wedding. As Pippa is not a royal, despite the fact that her sister will one day be queen, she won’t be on the royal barge. But the Middleton family, including her brother and flatmate, cake entrepreneur James, will be at the forefront of the riverboat pageant on another craft. She probably won’t be wearing a figure-hugging McQueen gown this time, but she does have a book to promote later this year, so you never know.


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Post by Joanna on Sun Jun 03 2012, 19:42

I watched all of the Royal Pageant on the River Thames today.
Approximately 6 hours of the fantastic sight of 1000 boats travelling 7 miles down the Thames to the Tower Bridge.
Every type of boat which ranged from single manned canoes to the massive Royal Barge, which was created from a large working barge which previously had been used to remove tons of rubble in the creation of the Olympic Village.
A touching sight were around 100 little boats which had gone across the Channel to rescue our troops from Dunkirk during WW2.
Information and some pictures are here.


Our Diamond Queen! Monarch shines in white crystal-studded coat and dress handmade by loyal couturier Angela Kelly for royal pageant

Outfit handmade by the Queen's in-house couturier Angela Kelly
Swarovski crystal-studded outfit was a year in the making
By DEBORAH ARTHURS


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2154040/Our-Diamond-Queen-Monarch-shines-white-crystal-studded-coat-dress-stunning-royal-pageant.html#ixzz1wkyKCIBb

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Post by silly girl on Sun Jun 03 2012, 19:46

I saw some of it....it looked wonderful....even in the rain....congrats!

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Post by Joanna on Sun Jun 03 2012, 19:53

May I add that I felt very proud of our Queen Elizabeth today.
At age 86 she stood in the wind and eventual rain, as the
Royal Barge travelled down the Thames and when moored up she continued to stand for the Parade of the flotilla of boats to pass by.

The Royal Barge had two comfortable looking large red plush seats for her and Prince Phillip to use, but they both chose to stand, so that they could be seen more easily by the tens of thousands of people who lined the 7 miles of the banks of the river Thames for this historic occasion.

She is greatly loved and admired by many people both here and across the Commonwealth.
Of course there are the people who oppose the Monarchy, but they are way outnumbered.

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Post by cindigirl on Sun Jun 03 2012, 19:57

Jo you should be proud of her. And I'd like to add that she looks lovely for her age.

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Post by melbert on Sun Jun 03 2012, 20:40

Thanks for the article Joanna, and for your commentary. She's just one groovy chick!!!

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Post by playfuldeb on Sun Jun 03 2012, 22:57

Melbert, was the garden party after the boat trip?

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Post by melbert on Sun Jun 03 2012, 23:51

I don't know Deb. I didn't watch it.

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Post by MM on Sun Jun 03 2012, 23:57

To all our Brit members: Katiedot, Merlin, Joanna, and all others, I wish you and your fellow countrymen all the best for your Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Rule Brittannia, Brittannia rule the waves....

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Post by Joanna on Mon Jun 04 2012, 10:51

playfuldeb, the picnic at Buckingham Palace is Monday afternoon followed by the concert in the Mall, all by invite only.
The concert is being televised and our Merlin will be there !
The rain has stopped now after yesterdays downpours.

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Post by Joanna on Mon Jun 04 2012, 11:07

This gives a flavour of the Royal Pageant down the River Thames.
1000 boats travelled 7 miles. From some camera angles it looks like chaos, but it wasn't !
The paddle salute by the Maoris was great !



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Post by Joanna on Mon Jun 04 2012, 11:12

Highlights of a Historic Occasion



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Post by Lakin460 on Mon Jun 04 2012, 14:07

Oh my! That's just lovely! The Queen looked stunning in that outfit IMO. What a day for national pride and heritage. My hat is off to you UK posters. Congrats for keeping the glory of your kingdom alive and thriving!

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Post by Joanna on Mon Jun 04 2012, 20:15

http://news.uk.msn.com/diamond-jubilee/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=250166699



Updated: 04 June 2012 21:03 | By pa.press.net
Prince Philip taken to hospital



The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital with a bladder infection, Buckingham Palace has said.


Philip, 90, was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London from Windsor Castle earlier today as a precautionary measure.

He will remain in hospital under observation for a few days, said a palace spokeswoman.

The news was released just hours before the Diamond Jubilee concert was due to begin in front of Buckingham Palace.

The spokesman said the Queen would still be attending Monday night's concert.

The statement about the Duke's health said: "HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, from Windsor Castle, as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being assessed and treated.

"Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation for a few days. He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening's Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow's engagements."

Take That star Gary Barlow, who has helped organise much of the concert, reacted to the news of Philip's illness by saying: "It's sad, really sad."

In St James's Park retired teacher Kate Gregory, 62, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, said: "I feel sorry for the Queen really that it has happened now, because he's always by her side.

"It is not going to be easy for her. We wish him all the best and hope he is soon better."

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Post by playfuldeb on Mon Jun 04 2012, 22:05

Thank you Joanna, for clarifying that. For some reason, I thot all events ran together.

Here's wishing the very best outcome for Prince Philip

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Post by bamboochacha on Wed Jun 06 2012, 06:05

Watched the concert tonight. Prince Harry's looking sexy - even while waving a paper flag!! flower

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Post by Merlin on Wed Jun 06 2012, 07:14

It was fantastic walking though the front gates of Buckingham Palace how cool! Then through the inner courtyard and through the Palace to the garden...very grand of course statues and paintings...not allowed to take photies though inside. I saw Anne and Andrew wandering around the crowds chatting to people. The picnic itself was quite tasty...the weather of course was horrible...spitty rain and cold but at the actual concert it didn't rain but it was cold...good old English summer LOL.



The concert was brilliant...we were at the back of course LOL but had the benefit of being to the side and could see the performers getting ready to come on...Nice to see the Royals joining in with the singing and flag waving...fireworks and special effects on the Palace where fantastic...My favourite of course was Elton....Paul, Tom Jones and Stevie Wonder all great too even the ones I wasn't fussed on were OK because they only had 6 minutes LOL. I'd set the video for it and watched a bit of it last night and the sound was awful...they sounded great at the actual concert.

And London policemen are lovely! I spoke to about 6 on different occasions for directions and advice and they were really helpful and pleasant and patient. Even the security at the Palace...we had to go through a scanner and were told to remove any metal and put it in bags I was so anxious making sure I had taken my jewellery off I'd forgotten I'd left my phone in the inner pocket of my jacket!!!! How embarrassing to set the alarm off...The policeman just smiled at me and said have you checked all your jacket pockets....which I then did AGAIN...DOH!!

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Post by Joanna on Wed Jun 06 2012, 10:08

Ha Ha Ha...yes....you setting off the alarm did make the 6 O'clock news actually Merlin ! Joking...LOL

Thanks for your graphic description of your wonderful experience.
Shame about the weather, but the warm atmosphere was obviously undaunted Superdupercool

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Post by Lakin460 on Wed Jun 06 2012, 13:37

So glad you had a good time at the concert and picnic! And thanks for telling us about it. The crowd at that concert looked formidable and my first thought was, "what would you do if you had to go to the bathroom?" Age does that to a person. Changes how you view things. LOL

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Post by Joanna on Wed Jun 06 2012, 15:06

Oh yes Lakin....I thought that watching the crowds all over the weekend activities.
Even the Queen "went below decks" on the Royal Barge during
the River Pageant. LOL

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Post by Merlin on Wed Jun 06 2012, 19:37

Lakin460 wrote:So glad you had a good time at the concert and picnic! And thanks for telling us about it. The crowd at that concert looked formidable and my first thought was, "what would you do if you had to go to the bathroom?" Age does that to a person. Changes how you view things. LOL

I know I wouldn't like to have been stuck in the middle of the crowd in the Mall...but for us 'special' invited people LOL...there were toilets and food and drink available just like at a concert anywhere....

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Post by Lakin460 on Wed Jun 06 2012, 19:41

Oh, whew! Thank goodness!

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Post by Merlin on Wed Jun 06 2012, 20:46

Some people must have incredible bladders they were sleeping on the pavement and in the park from midnight the day before....I couldn't do it!

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Post by melbert on Thu Jun 07 2012, 01:39

Thanks Merlin! Sounds like you had a grand time. And did your son enjoy it too?

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Post by Merlin on Thu Jun 07 2012, 07:17

Yes thanks Melbert...he has been to London when he was young but doesn't remember it...I love the history and architecture but he was more interested in going to the Science Museum, but he also thought it was cool to go into the Palace and he enjoyed the concert he likes Kylie, Annie Lennox, Paul and Stevie Wonder..

It's funny though how when I 'tell him off' about something he'll say Mum I'm 30 years old I'm an adult....blah blah blah... but in London he just waited for me to sort out which underground station we needed, where to buy the tickets, how to get to the museum and the Palace......(as well as booking the train tickets and hotel) typical man LOL

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Post by melbert on Fri Jun 08 2012, 02:12

Merlin, they'll always be our little boys!

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Re: QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND

Post by Merlin on Mon Jun 11 2012, 18:05

Joanne. FYI.....Hello magazine have brought out Special Diamond Jubilee editions...

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Re: QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND

Post by playfuldeb on Tue Jun 12 2012, 03:14

Thank you, Merlin, for sharing your wonderful day with us. What memories you'll carry for the rest of your life. I'm sooo happy for you~

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Post by Merlin on Tue Jun 12 2012, 07:01

Thanks Deb! It was a unique event...will never happen again in my lifetime and very cool to have people saying to you 'Welcome to Buckingham Palace...I hope you have a lovely day' Cool

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