Royal procession to mark Diamond Jubilee

This summer's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are to culminate in a glittering royal carriage procession through London, it has been announced.

Those staying in top hotels in London on the day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on June 5th might be able to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty herself, along with several other royals as they make their way through the streets of Westminster to Buckingham Place.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be joined by several other royal couples, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Other prominent members of the Royal Family will also be present, including Prince Harry.

Thousands of members of the public are expected to line the procession route, while there will also be personnel from all three military services lining the streets for the occasion, as well as military bands.

The Queen and her husband will be travelling in a 1902 state landau, and will be accompanied by a Sovereign's Escort provided by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their breastplates and plumed helmets.

Speaking to the Press Association, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hughes, the Household Cavalry's commanding officer, conveyed his pride at his unit being involved in the celebrations during the extended Diamond Jubilee weekend this summer.

"It's a huge privilege. There's a lot of hard work that goes into these events. To have this during my tenure is an enormous privilege and an enormous stroke of good fortune," he said.

In scenes reminiscent of last April's Royal Wedding, upon arrival at Buckingham Palace, the royals will appear on the palace's balcony to acknowledge the crowd, at which point there will be an RAF flypast and a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by the Queen's Guard.

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