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2 June 2012              05:12 ET

The Queen is to attend the Epsom Derby later, launching a four-day weekend of events for her Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen is due to be driven down the course in an open-top car, there will be a Red Arrows display and Katherine Jenkins will sing the National Anthem.

The weekend’s main celebrations include the Thames pageant involving 1,000 boats on Sunday, and Monday’s concert in front of Buckingham Palace.

There will be events UK-wide to mark 60 years since the Queen’s accession.

On the final day of the weekend, the Queen will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, before thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the route of a formal carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace.

Diamond Jubilee: Key events

The main weekend events to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee include:

Saturday

  • The Queen attends the Epsom Derby
  • Katherine Jenkins sings the National Anthem and a Red Arrows display takes place

Sunday

Monday

  • The BBC’s Jubilee concert takes place, featuring performances by Sir Paul McCartney and Madness
  • At 22:00 BST, more than 4,000 beacons will be lit around the world to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. The Queen lights the National Beacon at 22:30 BST

Tuesday

  • A national service of thanksgiving takes place at St Paul’s Cathedral at 10:30 BST, attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
  • A lunch at Westminster Hall and a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace is planned, with a balcony appearance by the royals, and fly-past, at 15:30 BST

The Royal Family will then make a balcony appearance at the palace.

On Friday, roads in central London were closed in the early hours as members of the armed forces and the Household Division were among 2,000 servicemen and women rehearsing the carriage procession from Westminster Hall.

And crews of the 1,000-strong flotilla that will escort the royal barge along the Thames on Sunday were briefed.

The start of the celebrations was signalled by a 21-gun salute from Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond, in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

And tributes were paid to the Queen on Friday by Prime Minister David Cameron and the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

In an interview with Sky News, Mr Cameron said: ” What I see in Her Majesty is someone – in spite of the fact she’s been on the throne for 60 years, in spite of the fact that her and Prince Philip are now relatively elderly – there is an extraordinary level of physical energy, mental energy, and above all devotion to her people, to the institutions of this country, to the way our democracy works.”

Dr Williams issued a video tribute to the Queen, praising her as “someone who can be friendly, who can be informal, who can be extremely funny in private – and not everybody appreciates just how funny she can be – who is quite prepared to tease and to be teased, and who, while retaining her dignity always, doesn’t stand on her dignity in a conversation.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the weekend’s festivities would celebrate “everything that is best about our country” and praised the Queen’s “selfless dedication to duty”.

Beacon lighting

Millions of Britons are expected to take part in Jubilee parties, outdoor concerts and fairs being staged across the country over the weekend.

Analysis

It’s a fitting start to the Jubilee weekend. The Queen adores the Derby – it’s rumoured that when the royal diary is drawn up the Derby is the first date put in. The Queen would normally come to Epsom in a private capacity but this year her attendance has become the first official royal engagement of the Jubilee weekend.

Horse racing is a well-documented passion of the Queen. She comes to Epsom not just as a spectator, but as a real expert from breeding, training and racing to perhaps even a bit of betting. She’ll watch the races from the royal box but she’ll also be down in the paddock and in the winners’ circle over the course of the afternoon.

The Queen’s passion for the Derby could also be put down to the fact a winner has always eluded her. It’s the Classic she’s never managed to win. And there’ll be no Diamond Jubilee fairytale today as there is no royal runner in this years field.

The closest the Queen could get to a winner may be via the Middleton family. Carole Middleton is a part owner of Sohraab which is racing at Epsom this afternoon.

On Sunday, in what is being called the Big Jubilee Lunch, people all over the UK are being encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends in street parties or picnics to bring communities together.

Monday’s concert, in front of Buckingham Palace in the area surrounding the Queen Victoria Memorial, will see performances from artists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John, Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran.

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world.

When it ends at 22:00 BST, more than 4,000 beacons are due to be lit in the UK and around the world.

The Queen lights the UK’s last beacon – the National Beacon – at about 22:30 BST, to be followed by a firework display at Buckingham Palace.

The weather forecast is poor for the official celebrations and street parties in the south of England.

Light rain is expected on Saturday, while the next day’s Jubilee river pageant along the Thames could be doused in rain with temperatures reaching a high of 11C, according to BBC Weather.

The north of England and Scotland are the most likely areas to avoid the rain.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18298743

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Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21st, 1926 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II

April 21st, 1926

April 21st

4 + 21 +2+0+1+2 = 30 = her personal year (from April 21st, 2012 to April 20th, 2013) = Blessed.  Thankful.  Appreciative.  Clothing.  Style.  Fashion.  Attire.  Wardrobe.

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File:Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg

30 March 2011  09:35 ET

When Prince William marries Kate Middleton, all eyes will be on every detail of their day. Is there a pattern set by previous royal nuptials – and what are the traditions?

The groom in uniform, bedecked with medals. The bride dressed by a British designer, her flowers containing sprigs of myrtle cut from the same bush used for Queen Victoria’s bouquet. And cheering crowds.

This is the template for a royal wedding, as celebrated by William’s great-grandparents, his grandparents, his father and mother, aunts and uncles.

More recent nuptials – Edward and Sophie’s, Charles and Camilla’s – have been modest affairs by royal standards, with buffet-style wedding breakfasts and intimate ceremonies in Windsor.

Modern royal weddings mark a significant break with the past, says Fiona Macdonald, author of Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History.

“Until the 19th Century and early in the 1900s, the pattern had been largely the same for the past 1,000 years. Royal weddings were usually arranged for political, dynastic and empire-building reasons, and the bride and groom were always of mutually royal rank.

“Marrying a commoner was exceptionally rare. The most famous example was Edward IV marrying Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th Century.”

That was just what Prince Albert did, marrying Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of a minor Scottish aristocrat, in 1923 at Westminster Abbey.

As the second son, Albert had somewhat more freedom of choice than his brother Edward.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon emerges from her home to be married, 1923
The Queen Mother’s wedding day

But Edward abdicated to be with Wallis Simpson, a divorcee, and so Prince Albert became King George VI, his wife became Queen Elizabeth, and their daughter Elizabeth became heir to the throne.

When she was 11, five possible future bridegrooms from four foreign families were under consideration, including the man she eventually fell in love with – Prince Philip of Greece. He renounced his own titles in order to be her consort, and the pair wed at Westminster Abbey in 1947.

A very British church

William and Kate will also become man and wife at Westminster Abbey. Yet it only became the venue of choice for royal weddings late in its 1,000-year history. Prior to World War I, kings and queens, princes and princesses married in private in royal chapels or palaces.

The war meant the British royal family was keen to play down its German heritage, and to strengthen its rapport with the British people. King George V changed the family’s Germanic name to Windsor.

“He also encouraged the use of Westminster Abbey for royal weddings. It was the great British church, founded by a king and where kings and queens were traditionally crowned,” says Macdonald, adding that its size meant a wider circle of guests could be invited.

“Throughout the 20th Century, grand processions through the streets were a feature of almost all royal weddings. There were also street decorations, and sometimes street parties. These were a very powerful way of allowing ordinary people to share in the royal ceremony.”

The venue, the national mood of celebration – no wonder the marriage of Elizabeth and Philip was the definitive modern royal wedding:

  • She wore a gown decorated with patriotic symbols, made from silk from Chinese silkworms – just two years after WWII, Japanese or Italian silkworms were out of the question
  • He wore his naval uniform, with medals earned on active service
  • She laid her bouquet of seasonal flowers, with sprigs of myrtle, on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, just as her mother had done
  • They waved to crowds of well-wishers from the Buckingham Palace balcony
  • They then feasted on French-style dishes named in their honour
  • And, for the first time, the wedding was broadcast live to an international radio audience

In another first, newsreel cameras were allowed into the Abbey itself, although those watching the wedding film only saw the backs of the happy couple at the altar.

Cake ingredients donated by Australian Girl Guides

Wedding feasts are shows of wealth and power. Highly ornamented foods such as gilded peacocks were common on medieval tables, but the most imposing feature of any modern wedding is the cake.

When Victoria married Albert in 1840, one of their cakes weighed in at 300lb, while that of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 was almost nine feet high. Our own Queen sent pieces of her cake all over the UK, linking her subjects to her in a rather special way.

Royal weddings first became public spectacles in the later half of the 19th Century, with the advent of mass media such as daily newspapers.

“Once reliable telegraphy was up and running, British royal events became news across the Atlantic and throughout the Empire,” says Ms Macdonald.

In 1923, the Archbishop of Canterbury vetoed live radio coverage of Prince Albert’s wedding, who feared men would listen in pubs, while still wearing their hats. Instead, a silent newsreel was shown in cinemas worldwide.

The first royal wedding to be televised live came when Princess Margaret married Lord Snowdon in 1960. But TV audiences did not witness an exchange of vows until 21 years later, when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

“By the time of Edward and Sophie’s, and Charles and Camilla’s weddings, there was a mingling of old and new royal wedding traditions – televised, but more intimate and less stately occasions,” says Ms Macdonald.

When William marries Kate in April, intimate is unlikely to be the adjective of choice. For it will be the wedding of a future king and queen.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12744146

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Queen Elizabeth II was born April 21st, 1926 at 2:40 a.m. in London, England according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Elizabeth_II%2C_Queen_of_England

April 21st, 1926

4 + 21 +1+9+2+6 = 43 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Celebrating.  Entertaining.  Friends.  Having fun.   “Cheers!”  Eat, drink and be merry.  The more the merrier.  Fun & games.  Let’s play.  Enjoy it with everyone else.  Having a bash.  The life of the party.  Let’s have fun.  I like that.  Let’s be friends.  Extend the hand of friendship to all you meet.  Introduce yourself.  Nice to make your acquaintance.  Nice to meet you.  Greetings and salutations.  Let’s meet.  Merry meet.  Meet and greet.  Circle of friends.  You’re in good company.  Having company.  Keeping company.  Fitting in.  At your leisure.  To band together.  Drawing a crowd.  I like a good laugh.  Have a good one.  Have a nice day.  Seasons greetings.  Happy holidays.  What’s for dinner?  The horn of plenty.  Enough is as good as a feast.  More fun than a barrel of monkeys.  Birds of a feather flock together.

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Here is her numerology for the upcoming royal wedding:

April 21st, 1926

April 21st

4 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 29 = her personal year (from April 21st, 2011 to April 20th, 2012) = Prince Philip.  Self-confidence.  Cooperation.  Teamwork.  Expertise.  Consulting experts.

[A person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Prince Philip was born on June 10th, 1921 according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Philip%2C_Prince_Consort    June 10th, 1921   6 + 10 +1+9+2+1 = 29 = Prince Philip’s life lesson number.  That it is Queen Elizabeth II’s personal year indicates that Prince Philip will be significant to her during this year.]

29 year + 4 (April) = 33 = her personal month (from April 21st, 2011 to May 20th, 2011) = Taking a stand.  Not backing down.

33 month + 29 (29th of the month on Friday April 29th, 2011 (the day of the upcoming royal wedding)) = 62 = her personal day = Dealing with restrictions.  Doing what is unpopular.

 

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