Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Celebrating 60 Years of History
History will reopen its pages this June with her Majesty the Queen celebrating her 60th year of reign, marking it as the Diamond Jubilee. The queen took the thorn on 6th February 1952 and was coroneted as the queen of England on 2nd June 1953. The celebrations this year are likely to be grand and are likely to centre on an extended weekend 2nd to 5th June.
History of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
The Queen is not the only one to have held the record for the longest reigning monarch. Prior to her George III and Queen Victoria too had celebrated the Royal Jubilees in the past. The journey from being the queen of 7 countries (at the death of her father) till being the queen regnant of 16 sovereign states is long and arduous. 12 of these states were British colonies or Dominions at the beginning of her reign.
As tradition goes, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are marked with the awarding of a Diamond Jubilee medal in various countries. Most of them also declare this day as a holiday and several events are held throughout the Commonwealth. While the celebrations would be marked by great joy and festivities, the queen and the royal family would take turns in travelling across the world to mark the celebrations there. They will be travelling across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and many more.
The details of the Program can be found as follows:
• March 29 -North London
• April 26 – 27- Wales
• May 1st – 2nd -South West England
• May 15-South London
• May 16th – 17th – North West England
• June 2nd – 5th -Central Weekend
• June 13th – 14th -East Midlands and East Anglia
• June 25 and July 25- South East England
• July 2nd – 6th – Scotland (Holyrood Week)
• July 11th – 12th-West Midlands
• July 18th – 19th -North East England
The Royal entourage will visit the above-mentioned places, most of which are commonwealth countries, crown dependencies and the British overseas territories. The visits would primarily include (as per Her Majesty):
• The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea.
• The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Isle of Man, Channel Islands.
• The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu.
• Prince Harry: Jamaica, The Bahamas, Belize.
• The Duke of York: India.
• The Earl and Countess of Wessex: Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Gibraltar, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Grenadines.
• The Princess Royal: Zambia and Mozambique.
• The Duke of Gloucester: Malta and British Virgin Islands.
• The Duke of Kent: Uganda, Falkland Islands.