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The Diamond Jubilee in Pictures

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Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Queen

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Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Service of Thanksgiving
Festival at Battersea Park
Festival at Battersea Park
Festival at Battersea Park
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Concert at Buckingham Palace
Service of Thanksgiving
Service of Thanksgiving
Big Jubilee Lunch
Battersea Park Festival
Battersea Park Festival
Battersea Park Festival
 

Credit: Matt Writtle

It was a Diamond Jubilee weekend to remember. A flotilla of 1,000 boats - the biggest seen on the Thames in centuries - a concert in front of Buckingham Palace, street parties, fly bys, parades and pagentry to celebrate the Queen's 60 years... it's all here in pictures.

 
 

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

1,000 boats made their way from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge

 
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Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - Flags on the banks of the river

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Flags on the banks of the river

The rain failed to dampen the crowd's spirits as more than a million people lined the banks of the River Thames to watch 1,000 boats go by. The Queen on board the Spirit of Chartwell was surrounded by Dunkirk ships, rowing boats and a floating belfry of bells created especially for the occasion. She stood throughout and watched as the War Horse 'puppet' reared up in salute from the roof of the Southbank Centre. The rowing boats were led by the Gloriana, whose crew included with Olympic gold medallists Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave. Among the historic boats were the plucky Dunkirk ships who rescued airmen who flew in the Battle of Britain and picked up stranded troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. These were led by the Motor Torpedo boat 102, the flagship of the officer who co-ordinated the evacuation. As the final boat in the flotilla the Symphony neared the finish line, Tower Bridge, the heavens opened and sodden members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir belted out Land of Hope and Glory.

 
 
 

Concert at Buckingham Palace

Robbie Williams set the tone with 'Let Me Entertain You'

 

Robbie Williams kicked off proceedings at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert taking to the specially constructed stage outside Buckingham Palace. 1,000 lucky ticket holders got to see stars like Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney and Grace Jones perform live - the latter hula hooping while singing - and many thousands more watching in St James's Park and on television at home. There were duets by Jessie J and Will.i.am, and by concert organiser Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole as well as Alfie Boe and American soprano Renee Fleming who performed on a Buckingham Palace balcony. Madness took to the roof of the palace for their performance while terraced house street scenes were projected onto the building's facade. After appearances by Annie Lennox, JLS, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey it all came to a brilliantly rousing end with a grand fireworks finale.

 
 
 

Service of Thanksgiving

Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square on the procession route

 

On the final day of the Jubilee weekend the Queen attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and was, once again, greeted by thousands of flag waving well wishers. People lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she travelled, first by car and then by carriage - in the 1902 State landau, the carriage used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day. Trafalgar Square became a focal point for onlookers who watched events unfold on the big screen and live as the carriage procession passed along Whitehall via Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch to The Mall and finally to Buckingham Palace. From its famous balcony the Queen close members of the Royal family received a feu de joie, or fire of joy, from the Queen's Guard while the Band of the Irish Guards played the National Anthem.The Jubilee weekend came to a close with an RAF flypast by the Lancaster bomber, Hurricane and Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

 
 
 

Big Jubilee Lunch

London streets were closed to traffic and bunting put up

 

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla attended what must have been the biggest of the Big Jubilee Lunch parties. The Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch saw the Royal couple take a seat at the table which had been set up along the length of the road which is home to The Ritz, Fortnum & Mason, Bafta and the Royal Academy of Arts. "Everyone rushed to see them as they passed down the street, a corridor of thrilled admirers forming around them," The Telegraph reported. But it was just one of many street parties that saw neighbours coming together to organise tug of war, egg and spoon and sack races before settling down to some homemade food, sparkling wine and a chance to sample the winners of the cake competition. The best street party we saw had live music and the local butcher couldn't keep up with demand for bacon butties - and just then the sun shone.

 
 
 

Battersea Park Festival

Tickets for the festival in the south London park sold out

 

Hundreds queued in the rain, some as early as 5am, to get into Battersea Park, the venue for the Festival Pleasure Gardens, one of the major exhibitions of the Festival of Britain over 60 years ago. Tickets for the vintage themed Diamond Jubilee festival were sold out as 90,000 people descended on the park for live bands, fancy dress, a steam fair and a pop-up pub. Live music was performed on the Crown Stage by bands including the Noisettes, The Selecter and the Urban Soul Orchestra while over on the 1952 bandstand there was a vintage teadance orchestra and George Formby tribute band. The park's riverside location made it an ideal spot to see the Queen begin her river journey as the flotilla route officially began at nearby Albert Bridge.

 
 
 
 
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