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Highlights From The Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II marked her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years on the throne, with a four-day weekend of events, between Saturday 2 and Tuesday 5 June 2012. On Sunday the 3rd of June the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, saw more than 1,000 boats traditional and modern escort the Queen and Royal Family aboard a specially decorated royal barge down the River Thames.On Monday evening a host of stars performed at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace in London. The event

Queen Elizabeth II marked her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years on the throne, with a four-day weekend of events, between Saturday 2 and Tuesday 5 June 2012. On Sunday the 3rd of June the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, saw more than 1,000 boats traditional and modern escort the Queen and Royal Family aboard a specially decorated royal barge down the River Thames.

On Monday evening a host of stars performed at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace in London. The event was attended by 12,000 ticket holders, with thousands more spectators lining the length of The Mall. Sir Paul McCartney was the final act on a night that ended when the Queen lit a beacon to mark her 60-year reign. The celebrations drew to a close on Tuesday the 5th of June with a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral followed by a carriage procession and an RAF flypast.

The royal family continues to be significant driver of tourism to the United Kingdom. David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, told CNBC, "We have estimated that the on-going annual effect on tourism is about a billion dollars that the uplift this year will be about 500 million dollars, and free advertising for UK industry is somewhere in the order of a billion and the effect on British companies is about 500 million."

By Bianca Schlotterbeck
Posted 5th of June 2012

Queen Elizabeth II at Thames River Pageant

Queen Elizabeth II waves from the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
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Queen Elizabeth II waves from the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.

The Royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell'

The Royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' passes crowds lining the river near the Houses of Parliament during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England.
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The Royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' passes crowds lining the river near the Houses of Parliament during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England.

Royal Watermen Ride the Spirit of Chartwell

Royal Watermen ride the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.
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Royal Watermen ride the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

The Royal Family Aboard the Royal Barge

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Prince Charles, Philip, Harry and William

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Queen along with all members of the royal family participated in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Queen along with all members of the royal family participated in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames.

Revelers in the Rain

Revelers line the route during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England.Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations.
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Revelers line the route during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England.Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations.

Boat Flotilla Under Lambeth Bridge

A general view of the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant. A flotilla of 1,000 boats both traditional and modern accompanied the Royal Family down the Thames river in London.
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A general view of the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant. A flotilla of 1,000 boats both traditional and modern accompanied the Royal Family down the Thames river in London.

Spectator with Union Jack Face Paint

A girl with the Union Jack painted on her face watches the Thames River Pageant. More than one million rain-soaked people watched the event as the boats weaved their way along the Thames.
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A girl with the Union Jack painted on her face watches the Thames River Pageant. More than one million rain-soaked people watched the event as the boats weaved their way along the Thames.

Buckingham Palace Concert

Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth band perform on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England. Performers included Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Madness, Stevie Wonder, Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Paul McCartney.
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Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth band perform on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England. Performers included Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Madness, Stevie Wonder, Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Paul McCartney.

Crowds Wave Union Jack Flag

Crowds gather and wave the Union Jack flag on The Mall during the Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace Concert. The three hour concert was attended by 12,000 ticket holders, with thousands more spectators lining the length of The Mall.
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Crowds gather and wave the Union Jack flag on The Mall during the Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace Concert. The three hour concert was attended by 12,000 ticket holders, with thousands more spectators lining the length of The Mall.

Robbie Williams With Guards Trumpeters

Singer Robbie Williams performs on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. The singer performed 'Let Me Entertain You'.
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Singer Robbie Williams performs on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. The singer performed 'Let Me Entertain You'.

Young Royals at Concert

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are seen watching the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace Concert June 04, 2012 in London.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are seen watching the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace Concert June 04, 2012 in London.

Annie Lennox

Singer Annie Lennox performs 'There Must Be An Angel', for which she sported a set of wings.
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Singer Annie Lennox performs 'There Must Be An Angel', for which she sported a set of wings.

The Queen On Stage at Jubilee Concert

HM Queen Elizabeth II and the The Duchess of Cornwall on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.
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HM Queen Elizabeth II and the The Duchess of Cornwall on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.

Fireworks Light Up Queen Victoria Monument

Fireworks illuminate the Queen Victoria monument after the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England.
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Fireworks illuminate the Queen Victoria monument after the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England.

Grace Jones

Singer Grace Jones hula-hooped her way through Slave To The Rhythm at the Queen's Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.
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Singer Grace Jones hula-hooped her way through Slave To The Rhythm at the Queen's Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.

Elton John

Sir Elton John performs on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert. Still recovering from a respiratory infection he gave a soulful reading of Your Song.
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Sir Elton John performs on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert. Still recovering from a respiratory infection he gave a soulful reading of Your Song.

Paul McCartney

Musician Sir Paul McCartney drew the Buckingham Palace Concert to a close with a crowd participation version of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.
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Musician Sir Paul McCartney drew the Buckingham Palace Concert to a close with a crowd participation version of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

Fireworks Light Up Buckingham Palace

A fireworks display outside Buckingham Palace, as Queen Elizabeth II joins performers on stage, marks the end of the Jubilee concert, a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 4, 2012 in London, England.
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A fireworks display outside Buckingham Palace, as Queen Elizabeth II joins performers on stage, marks the end of the Jubilee concert, a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 4, 2012 in London, England.

Guardsmen in Front of Buckingham Palace

Guardsmen parade in front of Buckingham Palace on June 5, 2012 in London, England.The Diamond Jubilee celebrations concluded with a service of thanksgiving and glittering carriage procession, but without Prince Philip who spent the night in hospital.
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Guardsmen parade in front of Buckingham Palace on June 5, 2012 in London, England.The Diamond Jubilee celebrations concluded with a service of thanksgiving and glittering carriage procession, but without Prince Philip who spent the night in hospital.

St Paul's Cathedral

Queen Elizabeth II, arrives inside St Paul's Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving on June 5, 2012 in London, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II, arrives inside St Paul's Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving on June 5, 2012 in London, England.

Service Of Thanksgiving

Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family, depart St Pauls Cathedral following the service of thanksgiving on June 5, 2012 in London, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family, depart St Pauls Cathedral following the service of thanksgiving on June 5, 2012 in London, England.

Royal Family Leave Service of Thanksgiving

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave the Service Of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. The royal entourage arrived to cheers and flag waving, while chants of God Save The Queen broke out spontaneously when the trumpets finally announced her arrival.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave the Service Of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. The royal entourage arrived to cheers and flag waving, while chants of God Save The Queen broke out spontaneously when the trumpets finally announced her arrival.

Queen Leaves St Paul's service

Queen Elizabeth II waves as she leaves a Service Of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. The service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury who praised the Queen for dedicating herself to the service of her nation and the Commonwealth.
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Queen Elizabeth II waves as she leaves a Service Of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. The service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury who praised the Queen for dedicating herself to the service of her nation and the Commonwealth.