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60 Glorious Years – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

A young 25 year old Princess Elizabeth received the news on this day in 1952 that her father King George VI had died. “The King is Dead… long live the Queen !” Over the next sixty years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has ruled  as the Constitutional Monarch of 16 out of the 54 sovereign states within the Commonwealth of Nations, and as Head of the Commonwealth.

Over the next few months leading up to the week of June 4th I look forward to sharing with you some royal recipes from Buckingham Palace from the last sixty years,including the Coronation Chicken recipe created in the Royal Kitchens for the Queen’s Coronation and other recipes for you to host your own “Diamond Jubilee watching party” in June.


Over 2 billion people in 54 Commonwealth countries will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II this year. It will be only the second Diamond Jubilee in a thousand years of monarchs. No one alive now is likely to see one again and street parties, river pageants and tea parties are busily being arranged.

Here in the USA anglophiles, royalists, UK based companies and ex-pats are also gearing up for Diamond Jubilee celebrations, hosting “watching parties” and corporate themed events. 23 million people in the USA watched the royal wedding and the interest in the Diamond Jubilee will be even higher.

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is a celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne and will feature a procession of 1,000 boats afloat the Thames, with millions of spectators aligning the river and millions more tuning in from home around the world.

Important dates…

  • The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952
  • Her Coronation took place on 2nd June 1953
  •  On Sunday 3rd June the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place.
  • On Monday 4th June a concert will be held at Buckingham Palace and a network of beacons will be lit throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.
  • On Tuesday 5th June a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which will be followed by a formal carriage Procession.
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