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UK gets set to give Queen right Royal Jubilee party

PARTY TIME: Residents of Summerjhill Road, Tottenham, north London, celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

THIS WEEKEND will see the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations commence. There are numerous events scheduled between the “central weekend” of 2 June – 5 June, meaning there is something for everyone who wants to commemorate HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 year reign.

The Queen herself faces an action-packed itinerary. The 86 year-old monarch, who came to the throne on 6 February 1952, will attend the Epsom Derby on the Saturday. Demand for seats near Her Majesty has seen the entire Queen’s Stand and Grandstand Enclosures being sold out.

The managing director of the racecourse, Rupert Trevelyan said: “Hosting the first engagement of the Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations has provided the opportunity for race-goers to attend and be a part of an event which has been enjoyed by Her Majesty the Queen for the last 60 years.”

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The event, which dates back to 1780, is expected to draw a crowd of 125,000. The Queen will also get to hear a special rendition of the national anthem performed by Katherine Jenkins, the multi-platinum Welsh singer. The 31 year-old mezzo-soprano will sing alongside the band of HM Royal Marines.

The next official event will not be attended by the Queen in person, for the Big Jubilee Lunch will be taking place all across the country. Sunday will see the annual event, organised by the Eden Project, held for the fourth time. Its organisers say the Big Lunch aims “to get as many people across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

“A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown street party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.” Perhaps the neighbours of Buckingham Palace are in for a treat.

Arguably, the main spectacle of the Diamond Jubilee, which also will be on Sunday, is the Thames pageant. The event will be on a grand scale, and over 1,000 boats are expected to be out on the capital’s river

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