The monarchs are having a moment. Scarcely a year has passed since the capital was overrun with royal masks, bunting and talk of that bum, but now it’s time to do it all again; this time for the Queen’s Jubilee. The diamond jubilee will be celebrated on the day of her coronation, 2 June 1953, but as royalists’ boffins and pedants will point out, the Queen actually came to the throne a year earlier, on 6 Feb 1952. Now semantics aside, we can hardly expect a lady who has two birthdays to be satisfied with a Clintons card, so here’s our run down of the best celebrations in the capital; just don’t mention the yacht yeah?
Brush up on your history
Shamed historian David Starkey eases back into his comfort zone as guest curator of ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’, at the National Maritime Museum (Apr 27-Sep 9). Royal beasts, which explores the history of the Tower of London’s menagerie is well worth a look.
The Queen in art
In addition to a very serious collection of official portraits by royal photographic darling Cecil Beaton at the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and the Cartoon Museum will be holding their own exhibitions examining the evolution of the Queen in high art and humor (above).
Up to 1,000 boats are expected to participate in the Thames pageant making this the largest flotilla on the river in modern times. Held at high water on Sunday June 3, the entire fleet will be headed by her majesty herself.
Big Lunch encourages people around the country to share lunch with friends and neighbours, or hold a street party as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Olympic torch won’t hold a candle to the thousands of Jubilee beacons that will be lit around the world on June 4. Beacons will be lit on the battlements of the Tower of London and Lambeth Palace to name a few.
For more info on Jubilee celebrations, see Royal London events. Didi Mae Hand