The Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and parks around London
Monday from 7:30pm
Sadly only for those ten thousand members of the public which were lucky enough to gain access to tickets for the Queen’s very own Jubilee rock concert in front of Buckingham Palace in London.
Featuring some of the biggest names in pop, dance and musical theatre, including: Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, JLS, Ed Sheeran, Cliff Richard, Jessie J, Madness, Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones.
But if you didn’t get a ticket in the ballot, then you can join in watching the concert on big screens along The Mall near Buckingham Palace and in parks around the city – or just kick back and watch the BBC live broadcast from the comfort of our bars at Palmers and Hillspring Lodges.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession
Tuesday from 1.30pm
After a thanksgiving’s service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and lunch in Westminster Hall the official Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations conclude with a formal carriage procession.
The Queen and other members of the royal family including William and Kate, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry will depart the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, travelling along Whitehall and the Mall. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ride through Whitehall in a 1902 state landau, used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day last April. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be in a third state coach travelling with the other royals along The Mall, past thousands of onlookers.
Military personnel will line the streets and military bands will play along the route. The King’s Troop will fire a 60 gun salute and a Guard of Honour will be present in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace. After the procession, the Queen and senior royals will gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet crowds and watch an RAF flypast and a ‘Feu de Joie’ (celebratory cascade of rifle fire) given as a salute by the Queen’s Guard.
The Carriage Route
• 1.30pm – At Buckingham Palace, Huw Edwards (BBC) will be chatting to celebrity guests about the events of the weekend, and Fearne Cotton gives an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of last night’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
• 2.00pm – The ceremonial elements take their positions in readiness for Her Majesty’s departure from the Palace of Westminster. The Household Cavalry, the Foot Guards, the King’s Troop RHA and the route liners will be looking their best for the Queen as she prepares to travel from Westminster to Buckingham Palace with some of her closest family in a carriage procession.
• 2.30pm – As the Royal party approaches the Palace and thousands of onlookers will be placed down The Mall and around the iconic Queen Victoria Memorial.
• 3.30pm – As the crowds surge down The Mall, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh step out on to the balcony in one of the most historic moments of our time. The military will pay their respects with a fly-past by the RAF and a “feu de joie” gun salute in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
London visitors and residents will be able to watch the Big BBC screens which will be located in Hyde Park and St. James’s Park. And for those of our guests that can’t be bothered to brave the crowds, they can chill out and watch it on our Big Screens in the common rooms and bars of our hostels.