Diamond Jubilee: a guide to the events

A look at the landmark celebrations taking place this June across the nation

Saturday 2 June


The celebrations start for the Queen with her attendance at the 233rd annual Epsom Derby. It would be fitting if one of her horses was to deliver a first-ever win in the race. Her runner in last year’s race, Carlton House, was an early favourite but was edged out into third place.

Sunday 3 June

A million people are expected to line the Thames to watch the largest flotilla ever to sail down the river. Consisting of 1,000 boats — including one carrying the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family — the pageant will make its way downstream from Hammersmith to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.

Monday 4 June

The BBC will televise a major concert from the grounds of Buckingham Palace featuring artists from Britain and the Commonwealth. Among the names rumoured to be appearing are Take That and Katherine Jenkins. Tickets for the concert will be available via a public ballot. In the evening, 2012 beacons will be lit the length and breadth of the UK to celebrate the anniversary, including 60 — representing each year of the Queen’s reign — along the length of Hadrian’s Wall. Thousands of churches and cathedrals across the country will illuminate their bell towers. 

Tuesday 5 June


To round off the celebrations there will be a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. The service will be attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family.