Diamond Jubilee – 60 Glorious Years on the Throne
Many countries will be issuing a Diamond Jubilee medal to citizens who have made a significant contribution to their realm or members of the armed forces and emergency services. There will be special commemorative coins in many nations and a series of beacons will be lit across the Commonwealth. Members of the Royal Family will embark on an ambitious tour of the World to include many Commonwealth nations where the Queen was once Head of State but have now adopted a republican constitution.
Different nations have developed logos for the Diamond Jubilee. The UK’s (shown above) was designed by 10 year old Katherine Dewar. I think I prefer the Canadian one (shown right) which is rather more traditional! The UK will be having an extended Bank Holiday weekend from 2-5 June with a 1,000 boat river pageant along the Thames on 3 June. There will also be street parties across the nation and I hope that Reading Borough Council will waive some of the bureacracy as we did during last year’s Royal Wedding, so that street parties can be easily organised without Council obstacles.
Queen Elizabeth is only the second UK monarch to have achieved 60 years on the throne. The only other was her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. May she have many more glorious years as our Sovereign!