Diamond Jubilee: roundup of dazzling final day celebrations

Royal Family fever has gripped the nation over the past few days as the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in style.

From a dazzling Jubilee parade to a spectacular concert at Buckingham Palace, the Royals have hardly had time to sit down as they paid tribute to Her Majesty’s 60 years of service.

Today’s celebrations (Tuesday, June 5) marked the end of the festivities, with hundreds of fans lining the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite Royal as they made their way to St Paul’s Cathedral for a Thanksgiving service.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were amongst some of the famous Royals in attendance at the service, along with Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

Kate looked stunning in an elegant cream lace dress, while Camilla was dressed to impress in a golden dress and jacket ensemble.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were also in attendance at the event, along with First Minister Alex Salmond and his wife Moira.

The Queen looked resplendent in a light coloured Angela Kelly dress complete with Swarovski crystals. She was accompanied by Diana Marion, The Lady Farnham, as The Duke of Edinburgh is still in hospital being treated for a bladder infection.

Following the service at St Paul’s, the Queen attended a reception at Mansion House while Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate attended a reception held at Guildhall.

The next stop on the Royals’ list was the Palace of Westminster for luncheon, where they and their guests dined on a prestigious feast of Welsh mountain lamb, Uist island salmon and Isle of Wight asparagus.


The food was washed down with a selection of sparkling wine, red and white wine and Sandringham apple juice. Ceylon tea, coffee and petit fours were on offer after the meal, while the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain entertained the guest during the luncheon.

After eating and drinking their fill of food and wine, the Queen travelled through the streets of London in a Royal carriage as the State Procession to mark the Diamond Jubilee got under way.

Her Majesty was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla as they travelled in the striking 1902 State Landau carriage, which was used by Kate and Wills when they married last year at Westminster Abbey.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry travelled in another carriage and were met with huge cheers and crowds waving Union Jack flags.

The Queen was beaming as she waved to the crowds on her way to Buckingham Palace, and a 60-gun salute by the King’s Troop could be heard in front of Buckingham Palace.

As the Royals entered the Palace, they took some time to themselves before making an appearance on the balcony, where they were met with deafening cheers from the crowd.

As the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate waved delightedly to their excited fans, the RAF and the Red Arrows flew past with red, blue and white vapour trailing behind them.

There was also a celebratory cascade of rifle fire – a Feu de Joie – given as a salute by the Queen’s Guard, followed by God Save the Queen being played out, with the crowds joining in and cheering for Her Majesty.

As the Royals made their way back inside Buckingham Palace, the crowds made their way home, happy that the rain had stayed off long enough to enjoy the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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