Queen Elizabeth II has a busy weekend lined up to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, and she’ll end it with a carriage procession and an appearance on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony.
On Tuesday June 5th, when people up and down the country will be enjoying an extra Bank Holiday to join in the festivities, the monarch will be travelling from Westminster Hall to her royal residence in the 1902 stat landau used by William and Kate on their wedding day.
There will no doubt be tens of thousands of spectators lining the route, eager to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty as she waves to the crowds. Tickets have also been issued through a ballot to watch the procession from the grandstand outside Buckingham Palace.
Colonel Toby Browne who runs the Royal Mews said: “I think to be seen by the people in a procession like this is incredibly important and is the crowning moment of the Jubilee celebration weekend.
“The people know we have this great panoply of state on show: troops, carriages, horses, military bands. To see the whole thing come through in one moment is spectacular.”
Queen Elizabeth will be joined in her carriage by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and William, Kate and Prince Harry will be riding in another state landau as part of the procession, while Prince Charles and Camilla will be in a separate coach.
Once the party arrives at Buckingham Palace, they will take to the balcony, where there will be an RAF flypast and a rifle salute from the Queen’s Guard. Earlier in the day, the royal family will be attending a service at St Paul’s Cathedral and lunch at Westminster Hall.
With so much going on in London across the Diamond Jubilee weekend, from the pageant on the River Thames on Sunday to the concert and beacon lighting ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Monday, it’s an ideal weekend to spend in boutique hotels in London.