Diamond Jubilee Weekend events – what to see, what to do

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Ensure you have an old-fashioned jolly good time in the name of Queen Elizabeth II with these Diamond Jubilee weekend events

Four days off work in a row? Check. The likely, and let’s be honest, heartbreaking departure of the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying this week? Check. London enveloped in old school pomp and pageantry? Check.

That’s right, the Diamond Jubilee – the second most lustrous event in Britain’s summer of, er, glory (we hope) – is only two days away.

With these extended bank holidays, this one, quick-on-the-tail of last year’s Royal Wedding, Her Majesty is really spoiling us! It would be rude not to take advantage.

If the idea of celebrating 60 years of reigning in the rain makes you shudder, there’s still time to make your escape.

For those sticking around, ensure you have an old-fashioned jolly good time in the name of Queen Elizabeth II with these Diamond Jubilee weekend events.

The Epsom Derby
The Queen’s a big fan of the gee-gees. She kicks off her busy weekend of celebrations on Saturday by attending one of the world’s most prestigious horse races – the Derby at Epsom. Tickets for some of the enclosures are still available.

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
For sheer spectacle, the maritime procession floating down the Thames between 2 and 6pm on Sunday will be right up there with the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Head to the banks of the Thames between Battersea Bridge and Tower Bridge to cast your eye over the hundreds of vessels of all shapes and sizes making up one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river.

The Big Jubilee Lunch
Let’s face it, Royal Wedding street parties were a little hit and miss last year. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of one that’s done the right way, then check out the Big Jubilee Lunch hosted by the Old Royal Naval College between midday and 5pm on Sunday. Even if you’re able to tear your eyes away from the feast set out on a table measuring two-thirds of a mile, you might catch a glimpse or two of the flotilla.

Afternoon Tea
According to lore The Queen never misses her afternoon tea when at home. Enjoy a cuppa and cucumber sandwich regal-style at legendary Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Or, if you really want to push the boat out, why not dine at the only hotel in possession of a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. On Tuesday The Ritz is hosting a Diamond Jubilee Brunch, a snip at £175 per person.

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Diamond Jubilee Weekend events – what to see, what to do was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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