The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend: A Visitor's Guide

by eal-admin 14. May 2012 13:01

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place on 2-5th June 2012, mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. There are many exciting events taking over the extended 4 day weekend to mark the occasion. Below is a list of the official events taking place over the 4 days.

June 2nd: The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

June 3rd: The Big Jubilee Lunch & Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant- Celebrate this special occasion by sharing lunch with neighbours and friends in a street party or picnic in the park. Afterwards watch The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant as up to 1,000 boats from around the world gather to form one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. The spectacle will also include a gun salute past London Bridge, music barges, a floating belfry and members of the public aboard passenger boats on the day.

June 4th: BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: Performances from artists including Elton John, Tom Jones and Annie Lennox will take place in the stunning setting of Buckingham palace. Althought the ticket ballot has now closed, the concert will be broadcast on BBC One and Radio 2.

The Lighting of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of thousands of beacons will be lit across Britain and around the world to celebrate the Queens reign with the final beacon lit by the Queen herself.

June 5th: Carriage Procession & Balcony Appearance: The final day of celebrations includes a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral followed by a Jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall. After a carriage procession to Buckingham palace where well wishers will line the streets, the royal family will make a balcony appearance for an RAF flypast and gun salute.


Our opening hours during the Jubilee weekend are 12-6pm. We will have lots of exciting Jubilee themed discounts and activates going on in our Covent Garden store.

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