5 June events announced

23 Mar 2012 12:17 PM

On Tuesday 5 June, the Diamond Jubilee weekend will culminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance and Flypast.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and many Members of The Royal Family, will attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral on the morning of Tuesday 5th June. The Service will be conducted by the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preach. A special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee will be included in the service.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will then attend a short reception at Mansion House. Other Members of The Royal Family will attend a reception at Guildhall. These receptions are for those taking part in the Service of Thanksgiving and members of the congregation.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, will drive from Mansion House to Westminster Hall to attend a Diamond Jubilee lunch to be given for The Queen by the Livery. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will also attend this lunch.

A small number of representatives from sponsoring livery companies will be present at the lunch, with the vast majority of the guest list of approximately 700 comprising people from all over the country whose trade, craft or profession is represented by one of the many different liveries taking part in the event, together with the charities, schools and other organisations they support. The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain will perform a programme of music at the lunch.

Following the lunch, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will depart the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, travelling along a Processional Route by Carriage. The Queen and Prince Philip will be using the 1902 State Landau in this procession.

There will be personnel from all three military services lining the streets for the procession, military bands along the route, and the procession will be accompanied by the Sovereign’s Escort. The King’s Troop will fire a 60 gun salute during the carriage procession. There will be a Guard of Honour present in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Shortly after their arrival, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other Members of The Royal Family will appear on the Balcony, at which point there will be an RAF Flypast and a Feu de Joie (“Fire of Joy” – a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by The Queen’s Guard) from the Forecourt.


1. The Jubilee Weekend features 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 5th January 2010.

2. The central weekend, from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June includes the following events:
• Saturday 2nd June, 2012 - The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.
• Sunday 3rd June, 2012 - The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
• Monday 4th June, 2012 - BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons
• Tuesday 5th June, 2012 - Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession

3. The Feu de Joie consists of three volleys of blank rounds, interspersed with bars of the National Anthem. Following this, the Troops on the Forecourt lay down their weapons, remove their bearskins and give “three cheers for her Majesty The Queen”

4. The official emblem for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is available, free of charge, for download from the Diamond Jubilee website - www.thediamondjubilee.org
5. The Diamond Jubilee Prayer was written at The Queen's direction by the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. It will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 5 June. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the Church of England. Other churches are also welcome to use the prayer.