What’s This Diamond Jubilee All About Then?

They couldn’t have timed it better if they’d tried. After last year’s Royal-fest with the wedding ‘n’ all that, now we have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to keep our minds on all things monarchy. 2012 marks sixty years on the throne for HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Not only do we get an extra bank holiday to celebrate, but there are tours and celebrations throughout the spring/summer to mark the occasion. The various events have been planned to include everyone, for all locations and tastes.

Why Should We Care?

Everyone has an opinion on the monarchy. I don’t really know enough about politics to make an informed judgement about whether it is good or bad for society. But I am fond of the Royal Family – they are inherent to our history and they make our country stand out. Lots of countries have Royal Families, but few are such objects of worldwide interest. Why the worldwide interest, though? I mean, I do notice the date on the 4th of July, but I don’t really mark the occasion. We used to celebrate Bastille Day at school, but probably only so they’d keep our attention in French class. The Jubilee is interesting for lots of reasons. Here are some I prepared earlier*.

One: Sixty years! Sixty! That’s, like, longer than the rest of us have a career. The Queen just had one job. Being the Queen. And it’s still not over, she can’t exactly retire like the rest of us and spend the next decade knitting and gardening full-time.

Two: We’re all kinda wondering what’s going to happen next. Will Prince Charles actually reign? Well, yes, of course he will (it’s inevitable no matter how much we all want to see William as King and Kate as Queen ASAP), but not for anything like as long as his mother. Which means most of us won’t see another Diamond Jubilee, and may also get to experience more than one coronation in our adult lifetimes. Which, if for no other reason, may mean more days off work.

Three: We get another day off work.

Four: We get to see some pretty cool pageants, processions, concerts and other expressions of our British-ness…even if just on TV. Here are some of the main events put on for us this year in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

Jubilee Event Dates For Your Diary

March – July – the Queen is touring the UK with a series of visits to as many regions as she can. Alas, she is not coming to Brighton.

10th – 13th May – the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. This takes place at Windsor Castle and includes dance; music; and military and equestrian displays.

3rd June 2012 (Sunday) – The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Building on past celebrations and the Big Lunch initiative, those wanting to celebrate the Jubilee are invited to share their lunch with family and friends – whether as a picnic, street party, or indoor occasion. My friends and I already have plans to get involved – I hope Anglophiles all over the world will do too! While we’re at it, we’ll stick on the TV and have a look at what’s going on on the Thames – namely a flotilla of boats from Commonwealth countries all around the world.

4th June 2012 (Monday) – BBC Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace
Gary ‘Take That’ Barlow is bring together legends such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Tom Jones and current favourites like JLS and Ed Sheeran for an event hoped to appeal to everybody. Like the other events I’ve mentioned, it will be televised in the UK, and I hope those of you in the USA and around the world can see some of it too!

5th June 2012 (Tuesday) – extra bank holiday. We don’t get all that many bank holidays here in the UK so an extra one is very much appreciated, thank you very much. There’s also a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by formal procession by the Queen in her carriage.

So, there we go. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the Diamond Jubilee schedule – some events more than others. As I said above and in my How To Be British column, I am not sure how most people feel about the Royal Family these days. But they are our Royal Family and they are one of the things that make our lovely country special. So let’s celebrate.

*A very British phrase if ever there was one.

  • Hayley Dinnison

    I just like it’s pretty name. Diamond Jubilee!

    • Hayley Dinnison

      Whoops, ‘its’

  • Mallory Megan Kahl

    Hey..thanks for that as I am planning on being in London for that weekend. This little rural IL gal is STOKED!

  • Lauren Winter

    I am excited from the Jubilee. I love the Britishness of our Monarchy – i hope to go down to London (cost permitting) for the celebrations. I even bought a flag off of the jubilee website in preparation. boo for your #3 reason, i work in retail and we don’t get another day off work because of the people who don’t care about the jubilee and go shopping and this makes me angry (another rant in itself ha ha!)

  • Jennifer Still

    I will be around for all of this. I am going to PARTY (in the reserved British sense of the word) 😉

  • Anne Garrett

    As a Canadian I certainly have an appreciation for the British Monarchy. The Queen is our head of state. I think it’s fantastic that she is still strong and is able to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Long Live the Queen!

  • Donald Spitz

    You mentioned Elton John playing in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert The sodomite Elton John claimed the Lord Jesus Christ is a homosexual like himself. Elton John should be banned because of his mocking the Lord Jesus Christ and his public anti-Christian statements.
    See for yourself the sodomite Elton John blaspheming the Jesus Christ at the link below.
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    • Samantha Collie

      Are you serious? Out of that ENTIRE article. you zone in on Elton John ? Way to portray Christians in a positive light, buddy.

      Back to the actual article – I do appreciate the cultural and historical significance of the Royal Family, I miss hearing the term ‘bank holidays’ (lives in Texas, originally from Scotland)..and I hope you all enjoy the festivities! :)

  • Suzanne Sims

    Jesus teaches forgiveness, crazy person above! Leave Elton alone, he’s not going round setting fore to orphans or anything genuinely bad.

    Aaaand back on the Jubilee… yeah we get an extra bank holiday again (waves flags) but we DID have to go into work on 29th Feb (drops flags) so they kind of cancel each other out. I’m in Portsmouth, I can see she’s coming to Hampshire, but that’s a bit vague. I am quite fond of the Royals, especially Phil, he’s such a card x

  • Suzanne Sims

    *fore obviously means fire. it would have been funnier had i spellchecked :(

  • Liza Baron

    Suzanne, I hadn’t thought of the 29th that way. Darn. Oh well, at least it all evens out!

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