Events before the Jubilee Weekend

Diamond Jubilee PageantDancers, musicians, military and equestrian displays from around the world will come together for three nights in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on 10, 11 and 13 May.

Parade and Muster at Windsor

 On Saturday 19 May nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will parade through Windsor Castle and town before Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh. They will then muster in the castle grounds for a unique event before an audience of more than 3,000 Armed Forces personnel, their families, and veterans. Further details will be issued shortly.

The Central Weekend 2-5 June 2012

The Epsom DerbyOn Saturday 2nd June, The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby. For further information visit the Epsom Downs website.

Big Jubilee LunchThe fourth annual Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 3 June 2012. So anyone who would like to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign can do so by holding a Big Jubilee Lunch!

Concert at Buckingham PalaceA concert organised by the BBC will be held at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4 June 2012. It will be attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other Members of the Royal Family. 10,000 tickets for members of the public were made available through a national ballot, which has now closed. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of March; unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. Further information is available on the BBC website.

Thames River PageantAt high water in the afternoon of Sunday 3 June 2012, up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Jubilee beaconsThousands of beacons will be lit around the world on 4 June 2012 to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's 60 year reign over the UK and as head of the Commonwealth.

Service of ThanksgivingThe Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a national Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 5 June. A Prayer, written at The Queen’s direction by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee, will be used in the service. Churches around the country and Commonwealth are also welcome to use the prayer.

Museums and galleries

In 2012 the Royal Collection will hold exhibitions at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and elsewhere in the United Kingdom to mark the Diamond Jubilee. The National Maritime Museum will open 'Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames' in April 2012. It will explore the relationship between the Queen, the City of London and the River Thames.The National Portrait Gallery will stage ‘The Queen: Art and Image’, a touring exhibition of images of the Queen.The Victoria and Albert Museum is holding an exhibition of portraits of The Queen by photographer Cecil Beaton, which will tour around the UK.