This year marks the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and there are celebrations to mark this momentous Diamond Jubilee across the UK. The first weekend of June is now an extra long weekend for the UK with both Monday June 4th and Tuesday 5th being public holidays for the Jubilee Weekend 2012. All over the country and commonwealth The Central Weekend will we marked with traditions from street parties to horseracing, and London in particular will be a hub of excitement and events. We take a look at the top 5 places to be in London to make the most of The Queen's Jubilee Weekend 2012.
By the River Thames
Pick a spot along the River Thames in London for The Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday June 3rd. This event will see a large contingent of boats sail down this London landmark behind a huge barge that will carry the Royal Family. Bring your friends and family along with a picnic for an enjoyable day along the Thames.
Well, technically you can only come here on June 4th for the BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace if you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket. But fear now, if you do not have a ticket then make your way to Green Park or St. James Park where the entire concert will be shown on big screens with what's bound to be an exciting atmosphere.
The Queen loves her horseracing and has even had a few race horses run in major races over the years. To mark her Diamond Jubilee she has one running in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup at Epsom Derby on Saturday June 2nd. This prestigious racing event will mark the start of the Jubilee Weekend celebrations so make your way to the Epsom Downs to check out the Royal Family, some impressive hats and you may even have a few winners.
Following on from last year's Royal Wedding and the popularity of the giant bunting along Regent Street, this fun decoration will be resurrected for the Diamond Jubilee. These giant Union Jacks will hang from buildings and lampposts all across the popular Regent Street. The street is a tourist spot in itself and also one of the most popular shopping spots in the city. Don't forget to check it out for The Central Weekend.
The Jubilee Family Festival takes place in Hyde Park on both the Saturday and Sunday of Jubilee Weekend 2012. This runs from 10.30am to 7.30pm and promises to be a great day out for all the family, especially if the weather is nice. There will be parades, concerts and entertainers across the day and tickets range from £12 - £20.