The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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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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