Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Scotland lights up the sky with beacon ceremonies

The Diamond Jubilee central celebrations might have been focused in London over the weekend, but the rest of the country made sure to join in with the festivities too, with various Scottish locations used to light beacons on Monday night.

The video above shows the stunning sights of a beacon being lit on Lyle Hill, Greenock, on Monday night, with the structure illuminating the night sky for all to see.

Other places around Scotland that also played host to beacon lighting ceremonies included North Berwick, Pitlochry and Edinburgh, with crowds turning out for the historic moment.

A beacon was also lit at Ben Nevis in Scotland, as well as Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland – the four highest mountains in the UK – for various charities.

Crowds of thousands turned out in London to watch the Queen light the National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace, at the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert.

In total over 4,000 beacons wee lit around the UK as well as in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.

The beacon lighting ceremonies were just one of the events held to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Others included a massive concert at Buckingham Palace, a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and a pageant which saw over 1,000 vessels sail down the River Thames.


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