It’s a four-day weekend of celebration! Quite apart from the massive extravaganza that is The Queen’s Jubilee, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a party or plan a Stylishly Great British Wedding. Here’s what’s going on, and some ideas for how you can have your own celebration in style!
A Great British Wedding
If you’re getting married this summer then it’s a Diamond Jubilee Wedding as 2012 will go down in history. Get in on the act by having a diamond wedding ring, theming your big day with ‘red, white and blue cool’ from your dresses and menswear to your flowers, venue décor and table decorations. For a perfectly co-ordinated ice-breaker the Best of British Trivia is ideal. And it’s the little touches that are the icing on the cake so scatter gorgeous diamond-look table crystals for a subtle Jubilee addition that will catch the light and add that extra royal sparkle to your special day in style.
Image courtesy of Naomi Kenton for Madeline Isaac-James
Saturday 2nd June
Join Her Majesty for a flutter on the horses, at the Epsom Derby, or simply party the whole weekend away…
Everyone’s doing it! Get your kitchen table and chairs outside and mingle with your neighbours, or throw a picnic in a local communal park or green space and join in The Big Lunch! Don’t forget your Union Jack decorations and bunting! Street parties are a wonderful way to meet your local community, celebrate together and party like it’s 1945!
Invite some friends and family over for a barbeque in the garden or cocktails on the lawn. You could make it a sober affair, just like the Queen’s garden parties, only without the corgis, or for a twist on the traditional garden party rock out to some music by the band Queen, or for an even more riotous occasion relive 1977 with some Punk classics like the Sex Pistol’s, God Save the Queen – if you dare!
The Queen’s having a river pageant and what better reason for ‘messing about on the river’ as the song goes, either on a party boat down the Thames, with a champagne picnic on the river bank, or at a gorgeous riverside restaurant such as The Wharf.
Sunday 3rd June
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Find out more about how you can join in the fun at The Big Lunch.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This maritime spectacular will see up to a thousand vessels from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world gathered together on the Thames. The Queen travelling in the magnificent Royal Barge will lead the flotilla. It will be a historic moment so don’t miss it! For more information go to The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.
Monday 4th June
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: Tune into the BBC, and have a boogie to the exciting line-up performing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, featuring national treasure Gary Barlow, Sir Paul McCartney and many other great acts.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon.
Tuesday 5th June
The Service of Thanksgiving: Taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral with a formal carriage procession by The Queen.
Confetti wishes everyone a marvellous Jubilee Weekend!
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.