2012 is the year that marks the history of the United Kingdom. Besides the Olympics, which take place in the English capital during the summer, the country’s most famous and charming monarchy in the world will be celebrating 60 years of the reign of one of the most revered queens of all modern history. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, or Elizabeth II celebrates the Diamond Jubilee and who makes the party are her subjects, and all who admire the royal family.
It is certainly a good reason to be in London this year. The celebrations begin in May, and the city waits for this month the arrival of many tourists who will waive the English capital during the summer. But the climax of the celebration of the jubilee will be during the first weekend of June, which by the way has already become a national holiday. On 2, 3, 4 and 5 June, London will be buzzing with many attractions for all ages and tastes.
The Diamond Jubilee will include a good part of the actual buildings on the list of programming, exhibits the royal collections of art and jewelry, and a music concert with British most famous performers in Buckingham Palace . Yes, the Queen allowed to open your home for that and – amazingly! – she will be attending. Note on your calendar schedule.
Entertainment’s Diamond Jubilee
A breathtaking spectacle. Over 800 international artists, including dancers and musicians, and more than 500 horses ridden by the military and equestrian from around the world will gather for three nights in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on 10, 11 and May 13.
Parade in Windsor
On Saturday, May 19, about 2,500 troops of the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will parade before the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. Shortly after the inspection, the royal couple will meet in the castle grounds for a single event before an audience of more than 3,000 troops of the armed forces, their families and veterans.
Concert at Buckingham Palace
A concert organized by the BBC will be held at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 4. It will be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family. In the list of musical performances are names like Annie Lennox, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Jessie J, Madness and Paul McCartney.
Celebration of Thanksgiving
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, on Tuesday, June 5. A prayer written under the direction of the Queen, in honor of the Diamond Jubilee, will be read during the service. Churches around the country and the Commonwealth (a group of countries and former British colonies that still recognize the Queen as their monarch) should also use prayer in their religious ministries.
Parade of the Diamond Jubilee of the Thames
On Sunday, June 3, about a thousand boats will be presented to Her Majesty during the Diamond Jubilee Parade on the River Thames. Is one of the largest fleets ever assembled on the river. Rowing boats, pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully decorated with streamers and flags of the Union. Their crews and passengers dressed in their best uniforms. The Army, firefighters, police, rescue and other services will also be present and there will be a profusion of historic ships, boats and other steam boats.
The fleet will be enhanced with boats carrying up to 30,000 passengers waving flags to the public, and barges and music boats gushing jets of water. There are other elements specially constructed as a floating bell ringing that will bells in response to the existing churches along the river.
As the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be just six weeks after this event, the persons present on the river may still greet many Olympic boats traveling from as far to represent the cities of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth countries and other countries participating in the games.
Luminous signs of Jubilee
Thousands of torches light will be lit around the world, on June 4, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II reign. There are now over 100 registered sites.
The Jubilee through art
The National Portrait Gallery will host “The Queen: Art and Image,” a traveling exhibition with pictures of the 60-year reign. The event takes place from 17 May to 21 October and brings together over 60 of the most remarkable and resonant portraits of the Queen during her years in front of the monarchy. Featuring works by Cecil Beaton, Dorothy Wilding, Pietro Annigoni, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Lucian Freud, Gerhard Richter and Thomas Struth, this is an unmissable event.
Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy
The Queen’s Gallery – Buckingham Palace
From May 4 to October 7
The largest exhibition of studies of the human body from Leonardo da Vinci will be shown at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Leonardo is recognized as one of the great Renaissance artists, but also was a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. He intended to publish his groundbreaking work on a treatise on anatomy. With his death in 1519, the designs remained a mass of undigested material between his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world nearly 400 years ago. Today, they are among the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection.
Diamonds: a Jubilee celebration
August and September
Diamond, the hardest natural material ever known, carries associations of resistance and longevity. These qualities, combined with the purity, magnificence, and value of diamonds, for centuries led rulers to deploy diamonds as gifts and jewelry. Diamonds achieved great renown, passing through the generations and between enemies and allies, as symbols of sovereignty and powerful as precious gifts.
A spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace will show the various ways in which diamonds were used by British monarchs over the past 200 years. The exhibition includes a series of Queen’s personal jewelry – those inherited or acquired by His Majesty during his reign. The exhibition will reveal how many of these stones were submitted to an extraordinary series of transformations, having been cut or re-incorporated into new configurations for its fascinating history.