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June 2013 - The 60th anniversary of the
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster
Abbey on 2 June 1953, nearly eighteen months after she succeeded
her father, King George VI.
The 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation
was marked with a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey
on Tuesday 4th June 2013 at 11am. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh,
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and other
Members of the Royal Family attended the service. Foreign dignitaries
from the Commonwealth and other nations were among those joining
the Royal Family as guests
In addition to the main service, Westminster Abbey
hosted a series of special events to celebrate the anniversary.
Westminster Abbey is the nation’s coronation church. 38
coronations have been held in the Abbey since the coronation
of William the Conqueror in 1066. Edward I (1272-1307) ordered
the construction of the Coronation Chair. Since the fourteenth
century almost every monarch has been crowned in this chair.
The exceptions are Edward V and Edward VIII, who were not crowned,
and Mary II who was crowned as joint monarch alongside her husband
William III in a replica chair (now in the Abbey’s museum)
made for the occasion.
Other celebrations included a four-day festival
at Buckingham Palace Gardens in July.
The Coronation Festival, which took place over
four days 11 -14 July 2013 in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace,
celebrated the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation. This
unique event, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association,
brought together over 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants
of Appointment. Promoting the very best of UK plc, the Festival
will celebrate innovation, excellence and industry through trade
The Queens Coronation Day 60th Jubilee Souvenir book
The Festival was open
to members of the public who purchased a ticket for the daytime
event; giving visitors the opportunity to explore the Gardens
and buy, sample and experience the wide range of products and
services from the exhibitors. There was also a Gala evening
of entertainment - a celebration of music and dance over the
past 60 years
Coronation Exhibtion - Buckingham Palace
Saturday, 27 July 2013 to Sunday, 29 September
The summer marked the 60th anniversary of one
of the most momentous occasions in 20th-century British history
– the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To
mark the anniversary of the event, a major exhibition for the
Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace brought together for the
first time since Coronation Day, a spectacular array of dress,
uniform and robes worn by the principal royal party. Works of
art, paintings and objects used on the day were also on display
to recreate the atmosphere of that extraordinary occasion.
Portraits of a Monarch - Windsor Castle
Friday, 23 November 2012 to Sunday, 09 June 2013
Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most depicted
women in the world. She has sat to numerous artists, from Cecil
Beaton and Pietro Annigoni to Lucian Freud. Her portrait likeness,
so widely circulated, has also inspired artists such as Andy
Warhol, whose screenprint portraits of Her Majesty have been
recently acquired for the Royal Collection and are displayed
for the first time at Windsor Castle.
Portraits of The Queen are made for a number of
official purposes, ranging from photographs distributed at the
time of a State Visit, to those that mark a particular anniversary.
Portraits bearing a clear and recognisable image of the sovereign
are required for use on coins, banknotes and stamps. Many of
the works on display were created with one of these purposes
This exhibition presented a selection of official,
commissioned and formal portraits of The Queen, gathered here
from the different Royal residences.
Elizabeth II's Diamond (60th) Jubilee Celebrations
2012 marked the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth
II. She became Queen when her father, King
George VI, died on 6th February, 1952. Princess Elizabeth
was 25 years old and she and her husband Prince Philip were
on safari in Kenya when news of her father's death reached her.
She returned home as Queen Elizabeth II.
Her coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2nd June
She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977, Golden
Jubilee (50 years) in 2002, and 2012 marked the Diamond 60th
Jubilee of her reign.
The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee
was her great-great-grandmother Queen
Victoria who celebrated the 60th year of her reign in 1897.
Kings and Queens by length of reign.
To mark this historic occasion special events took place during
2012 throughout the UK and the Commonwealth Realms (countries
in which she is Head of State), and in many Commonwealth Nations.
Visits around the UK
The Queen, accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh,
marked the Diamond Jubilee with visits and engagements throughout
the United Kingdom.The programme included:
29th March 2012 North London
26th - 27th April Wales
1st - 2nd May South West England
15th May South London
16th - 17th May North West England
2nd - 5th June Central Weekend
13th - 14th June East Midlands and East Anglia
25th June and 25th July South East England
2nd - 6th July Scotland (Holyrood Week)
11th - 12th July West Midlands
18th - 19th July North East England
On 27th July The Queen opened the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Even James Bond was invited.
Jubilee Week - 2nd to 5th June 2012
Official celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
took place in a special Diamond Jubilee week between Saturday
2nd June and Tuesday 5th June 2012.
Saturday 2nd June: The Queen attended the
Epsom Derby. She is a keen horse racing fan and has been attending
the Epsom Derby for eight decades.
Sunday 3rd June: The Big Jubilee Lunch. People
shared lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond
Monday 4th June: A televised Diamond Jubilee
Concert held at Buckingham Palace, with tickets available to
UK residents by public ballot.
Monday 4th June: 2,012 beacons were lit by
communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as
well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.
Tuesday 5th June: A Service of Thanksgiving
and Carriage Procession. The service took place at St Paul’s
Cathedral, with a formal carriage procession by The Queen.
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant took place on Sunday
3rd June 2012. The Pageant was one of the main celebrations
being held to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth
1,000 boats, from across the UK, the Commonwealth and
around the world, sailed down the River Thames. The Queen
led the flotilla in the Royal Barge reviving a tradition
that dates back over 400 years. Despite pouring rain the
organisers created a piece of theatre on the water, incorporating
music, fireworks and special effects.
The Royal Barge decorated in red and gold and featuring
The Queen’s cipher and a crown carried The Queen
and The Duke of Edinburgh, along with other members of
the Royal Family. The Prince of Wales was Patron of the
Commonwealth Day 12th March 2012
Her Majesty The Queen attended Commonwealth Day Observance
in Westminster Abbey to celebrate Her Diamond Jubilee and 60
years as Head of the Commonwealth. It was attended by the Prime
Minister, High Commissioners and over 1,000 UK school children.
Visits to the Realms and Commonwealth countries
Members of the Royal Family traveled overseas representing
the Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visited every
Realm as well as visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies
and British Overseas Territories. These visits included:
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
(Prince Charles and Camilla) visited: Australia,
Canada, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea
The Prince of Wales: Channel Islands,
Isle of Man
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince
William and Catherine): Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands,
and Tuvalu. The tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu last had a
royal visit in 1982 when the Queen and her husband Prince
Philip were carried shoulder high by islanders into the
Prince Harry: Belize, Jamaica, and The
The Duke of York (Prince Andrew): India
The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince
Edward and Sophie) : Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and
Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad
The Princess Royal (Princess Anne): Mozambique,
The Duke of Gloucester (The Queen's cousin):
British Virgin Islands, Malta
The Duke of Kent: (The
Queen's cousin): Falkland Islands, Uganda.
Diamond Jubilee Emblem
A national competition to design an “official emblem”
for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 attracted over 35,000
entries from school children aged between 6 and 14. The overall
winner of the competition, which was supported by Buckingham
Palace and promoted through the BBC’s Blue Peter Programme,
was 10 year old Katherine Dewar from Chester.
Katherine, along with the winners and runners up from each
age category, was invited to meet the Queen at a special reception
at Buckingham Palace.
Blue Peter, commenting on the The BBC Blue Peter website said:
“We’ve never had a competition like this! This is
only the second ever Diamond Jubilee, and a child has never
designed an official Jubilee emblem before".
Commemorative coins and stamps, as well as teaching materials
linked the 60th anniversary, will be available.
The Royal Commonwealth Society organised a special Jubilee
Time Capsule, a digital archive of The Queen’s reign.
Contributors were invited to use photos, words or videos and
talk about anything they wanted.
There were special Royal Collection exhibitions at Buckingham
Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and a
touring exhibition to five UK venues marking Her Majesty’s
To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the National
Portrait Gallery staged a touring exhibition bringing together
sixty of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth
II. This was the first National Portrait Gallery exhibition
to tour to British venues before being shown in London, opening
in Edinburgh in June, Belfast in October and Cardiff and London
in February 2012.
The National Maritime Museum held a Royal River, Power, Pageantry
and & The Thames exhibitionl.