Diamond Jubilee Events and Exhibitions

Celebrate The Queen's 60-year reign

Royal Barge By Tower Bridge Source:© Joseph Bennett

Royal Barge By Tower Bridge

© Joseph Bennett

Join the crowds and celebrate the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a fantastic range of royal events taking place over the Diamond Jubilee weekend and beyond.

Epsom Derby, Epsom Downs, Surrey

The Queen gets things started with a trip to the Epsom Derby. It’s no secret that The Queen is a huge racing fan and she’s attended the annual races here since she was a young girl. She’ll be cheering on her horse, Carlton House, from the Royal Box. Join her and dress in your best to enjoy a flutter at one of the world’s most famous horse races.

Date: 2 June 2012
Web: Epsom Derby

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, London

On the afternoon of 3 June, 1,000 boats from across the UK, The Commonwealth and around the world will take to the River Thames in one of the most lavish processions London has ever seen. The Queen will lead the flotilla in her magnificent Royal Barge as the boats sail from Hammersmith in the West to Greenwich in the East. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that will see the Thames come alive with colour, pomp and pageantry!

Date: 3 June 2012
Web: The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, Nationwide

On Monday 4 June, 2,012 beacons across the UK, the Commonwealth and elsewhere will blaze into life to celebrate the 60th year of The Queen’s reign. Locations will include St James’s Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Tower of London and the four highest mountains in the UK.

Date: 4 June 2012
Web: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, various venues, nationwide

This touring exhibition examines Cecil Beaton’s relationship with The Queen in his role as official royal photographer. From the 1940s to the 1960s Beaton captured The Queen as a young princess, as a caring mother and as a dedicated sovereign in these intimate photographic portraits.

Date: see website for dates and venues
Web: Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton

Royal River, National Maritime Museum, London

Explore the relationship between the royal family and the world’s most famous river in this major new exhibition. You’ll experience the sights, sounds and even the smells of historic royal pageantry on the River Thames through the ages. Items on view include Canaletto paintings, carvings from the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert II and even a stuffed swan.

Date: 27 April–9 September 2012
Web: Royal River

The Queen: Art & Image, National Portrait Gallery, London

These 60 remarkable images, some of which have never before been on display, are dazzling in their variety. From official photographs by Annie Leibovitz to modern paintings by Gilbert and George and Andy Warhol, the changing representations of The Queen show how our perceptions of royalty have shifted over time. 

Date: 17 May–21 October 2012
Web: The Queen: Art & Image

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration, Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace hosts this dazzling exhibition that explores the ways diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. You’ll have the chance to get up close to some of The Queen’s personal diamonds and learn how the history of the royal family is intimately connected with these beautiful gems.

Date: August and September 2012
Web: Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

Treasures from The Queen's Palaces, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Bringing together some of the highlights from The Royal Collection to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, this one-off show includes over 100 items from eight royal residences. Objects include paintings, drawings, watercolours, miniatures, jewellery and sculptures from over five centuries of collecting. Don’t miss paintings by Monet, Rembrandt and Michelangelo and Imperial Easter Eggs by Fabergé.

Date: Until 4 November 2012
Web: Treasures from The Queen's Palaces

The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years, Windsor Castle

Head to the world’s oldest and largest inhabited fortress for this fascinating exhibition of photographs. Everything from official portraits to photos from relaxed family gatherings will be on display charting the remarkable reign of The Queen and documenting her travels around the UK and the world.

Date: Until February 2013
Web: The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years

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