Diamond Jubilee

National events

Queen's Diamond Jubilee logo

The main programme took place from Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June with celebratory activities throughout the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.


Saturday 2nd June 2012

The Queen attended the Epsom Derby

Sunday 3rd June 2012

The Big Jubilee Lunch: built on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people were encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – by way of traditional street parties or picnic lunches in small or larger groups.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event took place on the Thames and consisted of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen travelled in the Royal Barge which led the flotilla. This event was organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation and Devon participated.

Monday 4th June, 2012
Concert at Buckingham Palace: There was a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. 

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons were lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands the ng>Saturday 2nd June 2012

 Diamond Jubilee educational resource

Other Diamond Jubilee Projects

Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge

2012 has been an exciting year in the UK with two great events: Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, headed by its Patron The Duke of Cambridge and operated by Fields in Trust, is a fantastic programme to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of these landmark occasions.




Devon Diamond Jubilee Cathedral Service & Garden Parties took place on Sunday 27th May 2012

See “News” page for details.


The County of Devon gifted to HM The Queen a unique gift – standing almost 5.8 at the highest point of the gnomon which is 5 metre long on a base of 6 metres.  The six stainless steel piece of the gnomon represent the six decades of Her Majesty’s reign and they are surrounded by granite time pieces taken from the site of the reservoir prior to it being flooded. 

The project was funded by the Lieutenancy, Devon Businesses, Devon Associations and some Local Authorities.  The actual cost will remain discrete because it is a gift to The Queen. 

The Lord Lieutenant, Eric Dancer said: “In these difficult times, I have been amazed by the generosity of those who have contributed both financially and in kind, to achieve this splendid landmark.”

HRH The Earl of Wessex received the gift from the people of Devon, on behalf of HM The Queen, on Monday 15th October 2012, when visiting Roadford Lake where it is sited:  http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/roadford-lake