Diamond Jubilee Weekend: What & Where
In a recent poll we found out that 35% of dealchecker readers definitely plan on staying in the UK for the Diamond Jubilee. So on behalf of all those sticking around we thought we’d take a look at what treats the queen is laying on for us.
Saturday 2nd June: Epsom Derby
Epsom Derby (2011) – image by monkeywing
The Queen might be celebrating 60 years on the throne, but the prestigious Epsom Derby has a history dating all the way back to 1779. So rather than holding rival parties, the Queen will be in attendance.
If you’re going too make sure your hat is extra special.
Sunday 3rd June: The Big Lunch
You’ll want to make sure you’re well fed for the upcoming festivities so the Diamond Jubilee weekend kicks off with a massive lunch for all of the UK. Sadly Liz isn’t picking up the tab, instead it’s an excuse to cook a massive vat of coronation chicken to share and head out into the streets to mingle with your neighbours, traditional street party style!
Nom! Coronation Chicken Sandwiches – image by shannonrosa
Monday 4th June: Concert at Buckingham Palace
When Her Majesty wants to throw a party she makes it big. The concert at Buckingham Palace is organised by the BBC, curated by Gary Barlow and will have performances from British legends like Shirley Bassey and Elton John as well as some massive modern artists – including dealchecker favourites JLS!
Your concert venue – image © gianliguori – Fotolia.com
If you didn’t get tickets then you can watch the live broadcast on big screens set up around the UK or in the comfort of your own home
Tuesday 5th June: More Central London Celebrations
Tuesday’s events are a little more low-key and traditional (possibly to allow us to recover from the night before?) The Queen will be attending a service at St Pauls, having lunch at Westminster (small scale – only 700 invitees to this one, rather than the whole country) before a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.
DHC.1 Chipmunk – image by Jerry Gunner
No respectable royal celebration would be complete without a fly past, the RAF are duly obliging to round off the Jubilee Weekend, to be accompanied by a ‘Feu de Joie’ – which is a celebratory rifle fire given by The Queen’s Guard.
Still want to stay in the UK for it? Check out what our UK breaks page has to offer.