Welcome to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

In 2012, Her Majesty the Queen and the nation will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee for 60 years as Britain's Ruling Monarch. The Queen's Coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 after The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952.

The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.

The celebrations will centre around early June 2012 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th). The Government has announced its plans for a special four-day Jubilee weekend which will allow communities the time to come together to celebrate and commemorate the events of the last 60 years. This has involved putting back the late May bank holiday to Monday 4 June and adding an additional Jubilee bank holiday on Tuesday 5 June.

This website aims to celebrate this historic event by reporting on the lead up to the celebrations. We will endeavour to provide useful information that will help you to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This site is an unofficial guide and not connected in any way with the Royal Family or any of its websites.

Visiting London

London is an incredible city, for the people who live there and for tourists visiting. There is so much to do and see in London but when there is an occasion like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 then London becomes a united city of celebration. Events like this are too few and far between and with the whole world going through some exceptionally hard times at present we are all in dire need of something good to celebrate. 

Don't just sit at home and watch the celebrations on television, come to London and join in the celebrations, be part of it!

London has a massive choice of hotels ranging from cheap budget hostels to expensive luxury hotels.

Transport for London (TfL) has issued the following travel advice for people intending to visit central London for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012.

A large number of people are expected in central London for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd June 2012 and TfL is working with the Government, Metropolitan Police, Westminster Council and other agencies to ensure that people travelling to and from the area can do so quickly and safely, and to minimise disruption caused by road diversions and closures.

Those coming to the event from outside of London are reminded that the easiest and most convenient way to travel on London's public transport network is to use an Oyster card.

These can be purchased from 270 Tube stations, from many London Overground and National Rail stations, from six TfL Travel Information Centres and from 4,000 shops across Greater London.

TfL's Visitor Oyster card can be purchased online and delivered across the UK and to 58 countries worldwide.

People are advised to check the TfL website to plan their route and for updates on service changes that may affect journeys.

The followng travel information is being given to those coming to the area or intending to travel through central London on the day and is provided by Transport For London:

To avoid delays, plan your journey in advance and check before you travel.
You can expect road and bridge closures across central London and public transport will be busier than usual. We advise you to:
  • Avoid travelling through central London if you're not attending an event, particularly on Sunday 3 June
  • Visit National Rail to plan your journey into and out of London 
  • Buy travel tickets in advance to save time and avoid queues
  • Check live traffic news and live travel news for real-time updates

Road closures

There will be several road closures over the weekend. Don't drive into London unless you have to.
Plan your journey in advance, check live traffic news or follow us on Twitter @TfLTrafficNews for real-time traffic updates.
A number of Royal Parks roads are closed over the coming weeks so the Diamond Jubilee Concert venue can be built. For more details visit the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website  or the Royal Parks website for more information.
Roads around St James's Park are closed from 1 June to 5 June inclusive.

Barclays Cycle Hire

Some Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations will not be in operation. If you plan to use Barclays Cycle Hire, check the status of docking stations before you travel.

London Overground

The majority of services will be operating as normal over the Diamond Jubilee weekend. The Richmond to Willesden Junction and South Tottenham to Barking sections of the line will not operate due to engineering work.
Check live travel news for more information.

Special events to celebrate the Queen's 60 year reign will take place across London from Saturday 2 to Tuesday 5 June.

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