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Friday, 12 October 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - celebrations and events

Royal Jubilees

  • the first British monarch to mark 50 years on the throne in a significant way was George III
  • the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897

Marking 60 years of The Queen's reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations centred around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June.

60 years of The Queen's reign

The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

Diamond Jubilee central weekend, 2-5 June

Highlights of the weekend included the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, BBC concert at Buckingham Palace, service of thanksgiving and balcony appearance and fly-past.

The occasion was also marked by people getting together for Big Jubilee lunches up and down the country, and the lighting of thousands of Jubilee beacons around the world.

Regional and overseas visits to mark the Diamond Jubilee

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2012 to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  

Other members of the Royal Family will also travel throughout the United Kingdom and overseas this year.  Further information is on the British Monarchy website.

Museums and galleries

The Royal Collection will hold exhibitions at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and elsewhere in the UK to mark the Diamond Jubilee. 

The National Maritime Museum opened 'Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames' in April 2012. It explores the relationship between the Queen, the City of London and the River Thames.

The National Portrait Gallery will stage ‘The Queen: Art and Image’, a touring exhibition of images of the Queen.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is holding an exhibition of portraits of The Queen by photographer Cecil Beaton, which will tour around the UK.


A new charitable Trust, 'The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust', has been launched. Members of the public are welcome to make contributions.

In November 2010 the Big Lottery Fund launched the Jubilee People’s Millions Competition. This will grant £3.6 million in award money to local community projects. The winning projects were announced in July 2011.

Environmental projects

The Jubilee Woods Project was launched by The Woodlands Trust in February 2011. It will create a 460-acre public wood in Leicestershire to celebrate the Jubilee and also aims to plant six million trees across the UK, creating hundreds of new woodlands. As part of this project, 60 ‘Diamond Woods’ of at least 60 acres each will be planted to mark each year of the Queen’s reign. The planting began in autumn 2011 and run to the end of 2012.

Fields in Trust has launched the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect recreational spaces for the Diamond Jubilee. You can vote for your favourite outdoor recreational space to be protected and become a Queen Elizabeth II Field on the Fields in Trust website.

The Jubilee Greenway route extends 60 km through London, one for each year of The Queen’s reign. It will be a lasting memorial to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, just as the Jubilee Walkway was created for the Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Digital projects

The Royal Commonwealth Society has organised a special Jubilee Time Capsule, a digital archive of The Queen’s reign. You can contribute to this by picking a day and adding your memories and stories of that day. You can use photos, words or videos and talk about anything you want.

Face Britain is a project created by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts for children and young people aged 4-16 in the UK. You will be able to create a self-portrait and see it on public display as part of the celebrations.

Pinning The Queen’s History allows you to submit photos, videos and other memories of The Queen over the last 60 years to an online gallery to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Related to this page

Official Diamond Jubilee website

View news, announcements, historical information and official images of The Queen released for the Diamond Jubilee. The site also features an interactive timeline, quizzes and puzzles - and you can send a congratulatory message to The Queen.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012

A new award has been launched to honour the efforts of charities and voluntary organisations that undertake projects at a national level this year, including groups which are supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Members of the public can nominate a voluntary group or organisation until midnight on 9 September.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

An official medal has been commissioned to mark the Jubilee. Those in the Armed Forces, emergency services and prison service personnel, are among those eligible to wear it.

City status and Lord Mayoralty

As part of the celebrations, Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph have been awarded the right to call themselves a city and Armagh will from now on have a Lord Mayor. These will be granted by The Queen during Her Jubilee year.

In London, Greenwich has been granted Royal Borough status in recognition of the historically close links between Greenwich and the monarchy. Like city status, Lord Mayoralty or Lord Provostship, this is a purely symbolic award and brings no extra powers, functions or funding.  These awards are honours bestowed by The Queen only on rare occasions.

Illegitimate Use of the Diamond Jubilee name

It has come to the attention of the organisers of the Diamond Jubilee that some external parties have been illegitimately using the name of the Diamond Jubilee to publicise unofficial or fraudulent projects.

Publicity has been sent out using the names of government officials and referring to a ‘Diamond Jubilee Arts Contest’. This is not a genuine competition and appears to be an attempt to extort funds fraudulently from individuals. The ‘contest’ is not authorised by government or by Buckingham Palace and will be passed on for investigation by Action Fraud.

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