The Central Weekend to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee took place from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012, with celebratory activities throughout the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.
The Jubilee Weekend featured an extra Bank Holiday for the Diamond Jubilee, with the late May Bank Holiday moved one week later, thereby making a 4-day long weekend. The government announced the extra Bank Holiday for the Diamond Jubilee on 5 January 2010.
Buckingham Palace was responsible for the coordination of the central weekend, and the outline of the main programme was as follows.
The fourth annual Big Lunch fell on the same weekend as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. So anyone who wanted to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign could do so by holding a Big Jubilee Lunch! As announced by Buckingham Palace The Big Jubilee Lunch was part of the main programme of events over the central weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012.
A Big Lunch, can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.
This event will took place on the River Thames and consisted of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen led the flotilla by travelling in the Royal Barge. This event was organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation to celebrate Her Majesty’s sixty-year reign. To find out more visit their website.
Buckingham Palace hosted a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert. The musical programme for the concert featured British and Commonwealth musicians.
A network of 2,012 Beacons were lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen lit the National Beacon, following the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. The beacons project was organised by Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.
There was a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen, and other members of the Royal Family, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. For more information please visit The British Monarchy website.