Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Festivities In May Ahead Of Main Weekend


I just wanted to share a couple of events that have occurred this month leading up to the main Diamond Jubilee festivities this weekend for Queen Elizabeth II.


On May 18th, various heads of states and nations gathered at Windsor Castle before the opening festivities for the Diamond Jubilee which I reported on in my last post. To see the slideshow at the BBC Online, click on this:


In pictures: Monarchs at Windsor for Diamond Jubilee



On May 23rd, the Queen met with members of the arts for a Diamond Jubilee reception in London. There are photos and videos on the BBC Online article about the gathering here:

 

Diamond Jubilee: Arts A-listers gather for the Queen

 

 This was taken by a friend and sent to me of a portrait of the Queen made of LEGO in a London shop window.


Sir Richard Branson & Virgin Airways got into the act with a contest to win a street party for your block.

So that brings  us to the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant which willbe on June 3rd. Here is an artist's depiction of the Royal Barge Gloriana:

 

The BBC has had some spectacular coverage of the barge.

Click here for a fascinating video on the decorations being carved for the barge:

Diamond Jubilee: Decorating the Royal river pageant barge

 

A great video of the launch of the barge:

 

Diamond Jubilee: Royal Rowbarge will be lowered onto Thames

 I can hardly wait to see it and the flotilla on the Thames!


I will be covering more of the festivities later in the week. We still have a few of our Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee English bone china mugs at Time Was Antiques, and we are having a Diamond Jubilee sale!

Honouring Queen Elizabeth II on her 60 year reign! Use code DIAMOND for a 15% Discount on any order over $50.00 through June 6th to honour the Diamond Jubilee!


  

Enjoy your day and get your Union Jack and bunting ready!

 

4 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your post has so much information, thank you very much!

Long live the Queen!

LV said...

A very interesting and informative post. I learned something new from it.

Susan said...

Congratulations to your queen. I remember when she was young - not when she became queen, as I was only 4 at the time, but as a teen I remember seeing pictures of her and thinking she looked very much as a queen ought to look.

Jann Olson said...

What an exciting event. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I enjoyed the information.
Hugs,
Jann

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