I’ve just started to seek out the best of the offers that are going to be around for online bingo players to enjoy between now and the actual Diamond Jubilee weekend, so WhichBingo readers get to choose which they want to take part in. All the main celebrations are going to take place as part of the extended Bank Holiday weekend from 2nd to 5th June inclusive.
Some of the prizes found so far involve being in London to be in the midst of the historical events taking place, so I thought I would check out what they were. There was one aspect of the itinerary that set me off in a fit of the giggles as I imagined the meetings between the Queen and her planners when her attendance was being arranged at as many as possible.
Well, there is the event most people will be aware of – the big concert at Buckingham Palace that has been organised by the BBC and Gary Barlow. That is on Monday, 4th June and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and many other members of the Royal Family will be there. That should be a good do as many big names such as Robbie Williams have promised to perform!
Sunday, 3rd June is a big day with the Big Lunch meaning there will be hundreds of street parties around the country, while in London there will be the Thames River Pageant with a thousand boats and the Queen in the Royal Barge and a Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park.
On Monday, 4th June Jubilee Beacons will be lit across the Commonwealth and the Diamond Jubilee weekend will come to a fitting finale with a full day of events in London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and the obligatory balcony appearance and flypast.
Bear with me, I’m coming the bit that cheered me up. Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth on 6th February 1952 and the coronation finally took place on 2 June 1953. Where will the Queen be on 2nd June 2012 to mark the start of all these festivities – at the races of course. Her Majesty is attending the Epsom Derby to enjoy one of her favourite pass times as her main priority of this historic time.
I started imagining the events being put forward at the planning stage and the Queen putting her foot down with a firm hand and saying, “I don’t care what plans you have already made and how big the event is, I am going to Epsom and that is that. I’m not missing the racing. Don’t you know who I am?”
Well, it tickled me for a while anyway. I am sure, however, that Her Majesty will have a wonderful time at all the spectacular events and not just the horseracing, as she will have Prince Philip and her family around her and the love of the country and the Commonwealth will never have been more in evidence.
Enjoy the celebrations, Your Majesty, and may there be many more. (What do you mean, you don’t think the Queen reads WhichBingo?).