The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond JubileeQueen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

As befits a monarch who has been on the throne for 60 years, Elizabeth II is universally know as 'THE Queen'.  In addition to adding our good wishes and congratulations to The Queen, Will and Guy wish to mark the occasion with 'Diamond' humour.

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The Diamond Jubilee in the UK, 2012

The Queen is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development. The Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and has four children and eight grandchildren. Queen's Coronation 1953

The Diamond Jubilee takes place in 2012, marking 60 years of Queen Elizabeth 11's reign.

There will be a special bank holiday in the UK for the Diamond Jubilee. The 2012 late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4th June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will be on Tuesday 5th June 2012.

History books show that The Queen ascended to the throne on 6th February 1952.  However, her Coronation took place the following year on the 2nd of June 1953. Does this mean we will get another special holiday in 2013?

Diamond Jubilee Pageant 2012Queen's Jubilee 2012

A Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place at Windsor Castle in May 2012. Buckingham Palace is coordinating a programme of events over the long weekend, including:

  • Big Jubilee Lunches
  • A River Pageant on the Thames
  • A concert at Buckingham Palace
  • The lighting of 2012 beacons throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth
  • The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will also attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
  • Buckingham Palace is responsible for coordinating the events of the Diamond Jubilee central weekend (2nd-5th June 2012), as well as for organising The Queen's programme in her Diamond Jubilee year.
  • The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.
  • The Jubilee emblem was chosen after a national competition for children aged between 6 and 14. The winning design is created by 10-year-old Katherine Dewar, from Chester. Queen's Jubilee 2012

Royal Pageant on the River Thames

Will and Guy Report the Preliminary Details Buckingham Palace officials in London have informed Will and Guy of details of the massive pageant on London's River Thames to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year.

Plans call for roughly 1,000 boats of various sizes to gather on 3rd June for an unprecedented tribute to the queen, who is marking the 60th year of her reign. The flotilla will be over seven miles (11 kilometres) long and include barges on which original works composed for the jubilee will be performed. The event is planned to celebrate Britain's fabled maritime history.

The queen, her husband Prince Philip and other senior royals; we think it likely it will include Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton; who will travel on board a royal barge, "The Spirit of Chart well", an opulent cruising vessel that regularly plies the River Thames. The barge will be decorated with flowers from the queen's gardens, with an emphasis on the royal colours, red, gold and purple.

Pageant Master Adrian Evans said the royal barge 'must be a jewel - the most magnificent vessel in the flotilla.'

Organizers say the flotilla, one of the largest ever assembled on the river, will include rowboats, working vessels and pleasure craft. All boats will be decorated, including kayaks and canoes.

Jubilee Barge Route

The procession will cover about 14 miles (22 kilometres), from Hammersmith in west London to the Greenwich Royal Naval College in the east, and will include a vessel, the Amazon, used in Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Officials expect roughly 20,000 people to be aboard various craft, with many more lining the river banks and an international audience watching the spectacle on TV and online.

Prince Charles is patron of the event, which is being paid for by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, a privately funded charitable trust raising money for a variety of jubilee-related events. The river pageant will be a focal point of a four-day holiday weekend with festivities throughout Britain.

Funny Diamond Jokes

The Wrong Size Ring?
A lady entered a jeweller's and said, 'You sold my husband a diamond ring yesterday but it's the wrong size'.
'No problem madam, we can adjust the finger size easily'.
'Oh, you don't understand, you sold him a one carat size, and I take a five carat size.'

The Price of MarriageWilliam and Kate Wedding
Peter asks his wife Maureen what she wants for their diamond wedding anniversary. 'Would you like a new diamond bracelet?' he asks.
'Not really,' says Maureen.
'Well how about a Lexus sports car?' says Peter.
'No,' she replies.
'What about a holiday home in the south of France?' he suggests.
She again rejects his offer with a, 'No thanks.'
'Well what would you like for your anniversary?' Peter asks.
'I'd like a divorce, Peter,' answers Maureen.
'Hey, I wasn't planning to spend that much!' says Peter.

Cheapskate
 A man asked his girlfriend to marry him by getting down on his knees and offering her one beautiful diamond earring. She accepted happily but asked why her engagement gift was only a single earring.

He replied, 'I'm on a lobe budget.'

Oops!
Being the most conservative guy at work, when John walked in the office sporting his new diamond studded hoop earring, he made quite a scene. A colleague approached him to try and question him about his unexpected fashion statement. 'Don't make such a big deal out of it!' said John, 'It's just a diamond earring!'

The colleague continued, 'I'm just curious to know what made you decide to pierce your ear?'

John replied, 'The fact that my wife accidently found the ring in our bed.'

Recipe for a Successful Marriage
A married couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. At the party everybody wanted to know how they managed to stay married so long in this day and age. The husband responded, 'When we were first married we came to an agreement. I would make all the major decisions and my wife would make all the minor decisions. And in 60 years of marriage we have never needed to make a major decision.'  See more wedding jokes.

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Whisky Distilled to Mark the Queen's Diamond JubileeQueen's Diamond Jubilee Whisky

The whisky has been made by Johnnie Walker; and only 60 bottles of Diamond Jubilee were made by the Johnnie Walker unit of Diageo PLC from a blend of Malt and grain whiskies distilled in 1952 and will sell for £125,000 a bottle. [USD $200,148.75]

Why Singapore you may well ask, as did Will and Guy?

Apparently the city-state, home to the world's highest concentration of millionaires, has become a playground for the global jet-set with casinos, expensive shops, fine dining, top hotels and showrooms featuring Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other supercars.

The same package - the vintage whisky in a crystal decanter with silver trimmings, two crystal glasses and a leather-bound booklet - is priced at £100,000 in Britain. Asia has seen a boom in wealth and a growing appetite for luxury goods, including top-of-the-line cars, jewellery, fashion, beauty products, watches and spirits.

Diamond Jubilee is among the most expensive whiskies ever sold, although exact comparisons are difficult because of shifting auction prices and differences between blends and single malts.

Will, certainly, would love to be invited to taste a wee dram.  Guy wonders if there is a business opportunity for Whisky in perfume bottles.

Will and Guy's Top Ten Favourite Diamond QuotationsQueen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

What I particularly like about these quotes that Will has researched, is their variety.

  1. A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool. - Joseph Roux
  2. Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. - Thomas Carlyle
  3. Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough. - Larry David
  4. Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. - Confucius
  5. Better to be a strong man with a weak point, than to be a weak man without a strong point. A diamond with a flaw is more valuable that a brick without a flaw. - William J. H. Becker
  6. I don't like American football. I think it's boring and ridiculous and predictable. But baseball is very beautiful. It's played on a diamond. - Jim Jarmusch
  7. I loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings. - Loretta Lynn
  8. I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond. - Mae West
  9. My teachers treated me as a diamond in the rough, someone who needed smoothing. - Mother Jones
  10. Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind. - William R. Alger

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CPO Brian Diamond from HMS Diamond given Diamond MedalDiamond Geezer Jubilee 2012

A Royal Navy engineer called Chief Petty Officer Brian Diamond serving on board the warship HMS Diamond is to receive a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

CPO Diamond has served on the Type 45 destroyer in Portsmouth since it entered service in 2010. He has been in the navy for 13 years and qualifies for the medal which is being presented to armed forces personnel with five years' service.

The 30-year-old said he felt proud to receive the honour.

He told us, 'When I joined HMS Diamond - my namesake ship - it raised a few eyebrows. But now to receive a diamond jubilee medal in addition to that I feel really proud - this is a special time for the whole nation.'

 

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