This year, we are celebrating The Queen's Diamond Jubilee as we commemorate her 60 years of tremendous service to this country. Both The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002 were celebrated on a large scale with celebrations taking place all over the country. So how will we be celebrating this point in history? We are already seeing a large amount of media hype and various events taking place with Prince Harry's recent visit to Jamaica and many other visits and occasions planned but there have been a number of main events organised which you can get involved with! So what will these events be and when will they take place? How can you get involved? Here's all you need to know...
Monday 12th of March 2012
Events begin on Monday at Westminster Abbey. As Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen will attend a Commonwealth Day Observance in the Abbey to which important officials such as the Prime Minister, High Commissioners and also over 1,000 UK school children.
10th, 11th and 13th of May 2012
On the evening of these three nights, dancers, musicians, military and equestrian displays including over 500 horses and 800 international performers from around the world will come together in a performance to pay tribute to 60 spectacular years of Her Reign.
Saturday 19th May 2012
On Saturday the 19th of May we will see a Parade and Muster at Windsor. Nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will parade through Windsor Castle and town before Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh. They will then muster in the castle grounds for a unique event before an audience of more than 3,000 Armed Forces personnel, their families, and veterans.
Bank Holiday Weekend 2nd - 5th of June
The central weekend of celebrations has been extended to allow Tuesday the 5th of June as a Bank Holiday which means many of us will be getting an extra day off work all the more reason to get involved with the celebrations!
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Throughout the weekend, there will be big lunch's held at many locations throughout the country. We've seen this trend over the years in celebration of a number of royal events so why not carry on the tradition and arrange a lunch yourself? You can have any theme or food and invite whoever you like it's a great excuse to get together with friends and family and enjoy yourself!
Thames River Pageant
On Sunday the 3rd of June, up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Concert at Buckingham Palace
On Monday the 4th of June, as well as being a Bank Holiday, A concert will be held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and we have been informed that as well as being open to ticket holding members of the public, the event will be full of top stars. Don't worry if you don't have a ticket though, you can hear the live broadcast on BBC One and Radio 2 so you won't miss out!
As well as the concert at Buckingham Palace, thousands of Beacons will be lit across the british isles and the commonwealth to commemorate the Queen's 60 year reign.
Service of Thanksgiving
Tuesday the 5th of June has been allocated as a Special Bank Holiday and the celebrations continue as a service of thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul's Cathedral. The prayer to be used has been written at The Queen's direction especially for her Diamond Jubilee.
So now you know what's happening over the next few months, you can prepare to get stuck right in and join the rest of the nation in celebrating The Queen's 60 years of tremendous service and remarkable dedication to this country.
So we are at Carrentals want to know, how will you be getting involved?