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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Hang out the bunting, celebrate with street parties, it's a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for everyone in the UK!

HRH Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the Throne this summer - an historic occassion marked with an extended weekend of celebrations from 2nd to 5th June 2012.

The world was a very different place when the Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 - there were no mobile phones, computers and flat screen TVs - in fact you would be lucky to have a crackly black and white TV on which to watch her coronation which took place on 2 June 1953.

She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. The first British monarch to publicly celebrate 50 years on the throne was George III, and the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897 - who went on to reign for 63 years, seven months and two days.

You might want to have a look at the official Diamond Jubilee website, which features the latest news, photographs, announcements and historical information about The Queen's 60-year reign with information from all over the UK. It also includes an interactive timeline, quizzes, puzzles and the official images of The Queen released for the Diamond Jubilee, plus, visitors can send a congratulatory message to The Queen.

Official Diamond Jubilee website

There are Diamond Jubilee events taking place during this special weekend all over the Fylde Coast - at Fleetwood there's a huge party taking place at the Marine Hall Gardens, it's Gala time in Poulton town centre, community groups are holding their own street parties and special concerts and events, plus private parties organised for families and friends.

If you want to arrange your own Diamond Jubilee street party, advice is available. The fourth annual Big Lunch will take place on the Sunday - so anyone who wants to celebrate the Jubilee can do so by holding a Big Jubilee Lunch, and they can also help you to organise an event.

Your local council may have details of any local events. Communities can apply to the Big Lottery Fund for funding through the Awards for All Scheme.

Organising a small street party or fete

Voluntary and community groups - applying for funding

A new award has been launched to honour the efforts of charities and voluntary organisations that undertake projects at a national level this year. Members of the public can nominate a voluntary group or organisation until midnight on 9 September.

Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

The Queen

Diamond Jubilee Bunting

 
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