The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The logo for the Diamond Jubilee was decided by a contest through BBC children’s program Blue Peter. The winning entry was drawn by 10 year old Katherine Dewar. (Image source)

It’s come to my attention that Americans might just be wondering what the heck is all this jubilee stuff they’ve been hearing about. I know I was! The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is the yearlong celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne.  It’s the Queen’s 60th anniversary of being the queen.  Quite an accomplishment, if you think about it!

 What’s this yearlong celebration all about?  Well, all kinds of events, big and small have been going on all over the Commonwealth.  In May there was a Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which took place over 3 days, and involved 550 horses and over 1000 performers.  There have been official celebratory dinners and lunches, and on Monday, July 4th, beacons will be lit across the world, starting in Tonga and ending in Canada, with the Queen herself lighting the beacon outside Buckingham Palace at the exact time of her accession to the throne.

Prince Charles and Camilla conducted a partial tour of Canada in May, while Harry visited Jamaica in March.  Tours of other territories will go on throughout the year by Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Catherine, among others.

This weekend is the big official celebration.  Next Monday and Tuesday are bank holidays, giving us a 4 day weekend extravaganza. The River Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on Sunday, June 3rd.  There will over 1000 boats involved, with celebrations being held all along the banks of the river.  The next day, The Diamond Jubilee Concert will take place and street parties will be held all over the country.  There will be lotteries held, and even a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral with a choir made of 40 children singing a song written specifically for the event called The Call of Wisdom.

I expect the weekly tabloids to be filled with pictures of Her Royal Highness herself in a myriad of pastel suits and hats, along with pictures of Duchess Catherine looking lovely.  Of course, I also expect to be kept up most of the weekend by drunken revelers stumbling past my window singing at all hours.  That’s just how bank holidays tend to go around here. Somehow, in between all this celebrating, we’re going to fit in the Summer Olympics.  During this celebratory extended weekend, I think it might be appropriate to have a moment of reflection for the poor saps that live and work in London, and the unimaginably insane summer they are going to have.



  1. I’m in London the entire summer. There is so much to do and celebrate I feel like I won’t end up taking part of any of it.

  2. Captain Pedantic says:

    It’s incorrect to refer to the Queen as “Her Royal Highness”, she is always “Her Majesty”. HRH is the prefix for all other royals

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