The Queen during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012
(photo Wiki Commons)
Just five years ago, the Diamond Jubilee floated into view and set everything sparkling. We had flotillas, we had beacons, we had dinners filled with monarchs, we had street parties. We even had the Queen and James Bond (yes, that was the Olympics but we were all so excited by then they blended into one). Most of all, we had water. Elizabeth the Second celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with quite a lot of the style of Elizabeth the First, taking to the water throughout the whole event. Settle back and enjoy this trip down (recent) memory lane as the final landmark ahead of the Sapphire celebrations is a look at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
It's rare to see the Queen on the actual anniversary of her accession, as she prefers to spend the day in quiet reflection - it is also the anniversary of the death of her father. But on February 6th 2012, she was out and about in Kings Lynn in Norfolk as a huge wave of public affection and support began to build in this special Jubilee year.
Also in February, religious leaders from across the UK gathered at Lambeth Palace for a multi faith reception in honour of the Queen's Jubilee.
The celebrations in the UK began in May with the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The World Comes to Windsor celebrated the Queen's love of horses and her extensive travels and was a nod to previous Jubilee tours as well as a reminder that this time round, the task of celebrating this special anniversary around the Commonwealth would fall to other members of her family as they undertook tours for the Diamond Jubilee on behalf of the Queen.
It might have been a major moment of royal history but the big regal celebration, in May, was informal. The Queen invited twenty or so sovereigns to Windsor Castle for lunch with her family joining her as well. That's what you call a party. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall entertained many of them to dinner at Buckingham Palace that same night - this was really a Jubilee to remember.