Discover what the royal family have been up to over the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
The Queen and key members of her family – the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – rounded off a spectacular weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations with an appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen was in high spirits, and smiled from ear to ear as she waved to the thousands of spectators lining the Mall.
Prince William and Kate Middleton looked relaxed and happy as they waved at the cheering crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony, only their second appearance since their famous kiss after the Royal Wedding last year.
While Prince William chatted to his grandmother, Prince Harry kept Kate Middleton entertained, sharing a joke which made her giggle.
The moment everyone was waiting for? The Red Arrows flypast. The planes flew in spectacular formation, trailing red white and blue smoke as they whizzed low up the Mall and over the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
The weather may have been gloomy, but that didn’t stop thousands of excited spectators lining the Mall to catch a glimpse of the Queen over her special weekend.
After the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s, lunch at Westminster and a carriage procession through the streets of London, the royal party returned to Buckingham Palace for a quick sit down before their balcony appearance.
With the Jubilee Procession over, police carefully allowed the crowds to filter down the Mall, ending up outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.
The Jubilee procession ended in spectacular form, with the Queen’s landau carriage, pulled by a fleet of grey horses, leading the formation down the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
With Prince Philip taken ill with a bladder infection, the Queen was accompanied in her carriage by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
With the Duchess of Cornwall sitting beside her (that’s a sight we wouldn’t have expected 10 years ago) the Queen looked on excellent form, beaming and waving at the crowds during the procession from Westminster through London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in high spirits as they followed the Queen during the procession in their open-topped carriage.
William and Kate were joined by Prince Harry for the procession, which, like the rest of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, focused only on those members of the Royal Family directly in line to the throne.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed and happy during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster, smiling and chatting to guests on her table.
The Royal Family arrived at Westminster Hall by car, before making their grand entrance and being escorted to their seats. Naturally, the 700 guests were already in place by the time they arrived, and the occasion was marked by a speech from the Livery’s Master Mercer Thomas Sheldon.
The Queen led the procession of royals to their tables at the head of the room, where they dined on Welsh lamb, grilled Isle of Wight asparagus, Jersey Royal potatoes and chocolate delice, bread and butter pudding and berry compote with apple sauce. Yum.
Shortly before their Livery lunch, the Royal Family stopped off for a reception at Guildhall. William and Kate looked relaxed and happy as they chatted to guests and enjoyed pre-lunch drinks.
Although the rest of the family didn’t accompany the Queen and royal party to their Westminster lunch, they were present at the Guildhall reception, with Zara Phillips taking time to chat to her mother, Princess Anne, and Prime Minister David Cameron.
At the end of the service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Family thanked officials for the service, before making their way to cars to take them to Mansion House, for a short Guildhall reception.
The Duchess of Cambridge was on top form, charming officials and chatting to the Sophie, the Countess of Wessex on the steps of St Paul’s.
Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall made their exit from St Paul’s, before getting into a waiting car. Often known for her experimental headgear, Zara teamed her smart navy peplum dress with an outlandish silver horn hat by milliner Karen Henriksen. (We must give her fashion snaps for bravery!)
Sophie Winkleman wore an intricately embellished cream dress and matching 3/4-sleeved long-line coat to accompany her husband, Lord Frederick Windsor, to the ceremony.
Showing off the full extent of her brave headgear, Zara Phillips chatted to brother Peter on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Royal Family followed the Queen down the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral after the service of Thanksgiving had come to a close.
Exiting St Paul’s after the service, the Queen looked positively radiant in her mint green, Angela Kelly-designed silk-tulle coat and dress, embroidered with tiny stars and adorned with hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystals.
With Prince Philip taken ill, the Queen began the procession at the Service of Thanksgiving alone, leading the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to the front of the Cathedral.
Arriving for the service, Kate Middleton scored her second style hit of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, in, you guessed it, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The long-sleeved lace dress accentuated Kate’s super-slim figure, while her matching Jane Taylor-designed hat and delicate pearly and diamond earrings set off the ensemble perfectly.
After arriving at the service, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed inside, joining the rest of the procession in waiting for the Queen to arrive.
Even from the back, Duchess Kate’s outfit was faultless, with her long glossy locks, worked into her favourite, half up, half down style, cascading down her back.
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The Early and Countess of Wessex, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor arrived early for the service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Countess of Wessex proved her royal style credentials, in a smart and sophisticated silk dress and jacket, teamed with a Jane Taylor navy perching hat with nude and gold feathers, and the obligatory nude heels.
Her style may be hit and miss, but Princess Beatrice had a style success at the service, in a blue and white striped coat dress by Kinder Aggugini. Be a teamed her nautical-inspired look with tan heels, a Stephen Jones hat and Lemaresca bag.
Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie chose purple dress by Suzannah for the special service to commemorate her grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee, adding a Stephen Jones hat, nude Kurt Geiger heels and a Loro Piana bag.
There’s no rest for the royal. After a late night watching the concert outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen was up bright and early to attend the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving.
The highlight of the Monday of the extra-long bankholiday weekend was the musical extravaganza that was the Diamond Jubilee concert, held on a specially-designed stage outside Buckingham Palace in the Queen’s honour.
The area outside the Palace was transformed for the night into a spectacular stage, with lucky ticket holders getting a front row seat.
Kicking the celebrations off to a rip-roaring start, Robbie Williams whipped the crowd into a frenzy as he took to the stage, belting out his favourite, high-octane hit, Let Me Entertain You.
Robbie got patriotic with, er, guards for backing. That’s something we thought we’d never see…
Gary and Cheryl sang a moving rendition of Need You Now for the Diamond Jubilee concert. And they weren’t the only stars to wow the crowd…
The Voice UK star Jessie J was reunited with her fellow coach Will.I.Am for a special duet of Black Eyed Peas hit I Gotta Feeling to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
On top form, Will.I.Am looked as though had just about recovered from losing out to Tom Jones on The Voice UK on Saturday night.
The Voice UK coach and Black Eyed Peas star Will later hooked up with the legend that is Stevie Wonder to perform a duet of soul hit Superstition.
Dame Shirley Bassey wowed in white and gave a belting performance (naturally). She’d seen the Queen just the week before last at the Diamond Jubilee Royal Academy of Arts celebration.
Funnyman Peter Kay rocked up as a Beefeater to compere between acts. We wonder what the Queen thought of that?
Never one to be outdone. Grace Jones showed she’s still got it with a suitable outre performance (plus the best pins we’ve seen on a 64 year old since…well…whenever!).
British superstar Ed Sheeran gave a typically low key, acoustic performance that had the crowd in rapture.
We’re loving the fact that Annie Lennox came dressed as an angel to belt out her special hit. Her shimmering floor length gown was by British designer Nicholas Oakwell.
English tenor Alfie Boe added a touch of class to proceedings with an impressive classical performance.
Elton John went down a storm, playing a few of his old classics.
Despite being taken ill just last week, the Brit star proved he was back to full health.
Music maestro Jools Holland tickled the ivories with a crowd pleasing performance.
Kylie Minogue took to the stage dressed as a raunchy Pearly Queen – we wonder what HRH made of the hot pants?
And we couldn’t quite take our eyes of Kylie‘s backing dancers’ outfits, either.
Kylie Minogue puts on a show like no-one else. It’s hot work dancing and singing at the same time. No wonder she had to take her jacket off half way through!
Congratulations Kylie! What a performance! After belting out a medley of hits, the songstress exited the stage.
Sir Paul McCartney also caught up with the Queen for the second time in two weeks as he performed at the Diamond Jubilee gig. The ex-Beatle closed proceedings in spectacular style, belting out a series of hits, which ended with a storming performance of Live and Let Die.
The evening ended with the most spectacular fireworks displays we’ve set eyes on for a long time, lighting up the sky behind Buckingham Palace, set to booming music. The perfect way to round off the second Diamond Jubilee day.
Royal fever once again swept the nation as the Queen kicked off her action-packed Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a spectacular pageant on the River Thames. Travelling on the impressive Spirit of Chartwell royal barge, bedecked in red and gold with a lavish royal banner, the monarch was joined by Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the impressive, water-themed event.
After arriving at Chelsea Pier, to be met by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen joined the procession, and the rest of the royal party to travel down the Thames at the centre of a impressive flotilla procession, which included more than 1,000 boats from across the UK.
The Queen looked quite thrilled as she arrived to begin her special day, to celebrate an amazing 60 years on the throne. The monarch looked the epitome of elegance in a cream coat, dress and hat by royal couturier Angela Kelly, which took a whopping 12 months to create. The royal outfit, threaded with silk ribbon and embroidered with gold and silver spots, featured twinkling Swarovski crystals, while the hat used feathers hand dyed by Kelly’s design team at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Chelsea Pier ahead of the Queen and Prince Philip, to accompany the royal couple to the Spirit of Chartwell barge. Camilla looked resplendent in a dress and coat by her designer of choice, Anna Valentine, topped off with a Phillip Treacy hat.
Charles and Camilla came prepared for the wet weather, and sheltered under umbrellas as they waited for the Queen to arrive.
Prince Charles accompanied the Queen as they made their way to the barge.
The royal party boarded a tiny boat, which ferried them out to the Spirit of Chartwell barge, where they were met by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and many other guests.
Click on for more pictures of the Queen and royal family celebrating the Diamond Jubilee at the spectacular Thames Pageant…
Despite the wet and windy weather, the Queen stood on board the deck, and waved at crowds waiting on the riverbank.
The Queen’s boat, displaying the royal flag, whizzed across the Thames to the waiting royal barge, where the royal party disembarked.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived to board the royal barge with Prince William, stepping out in a scene-stealing scarlet Alexander McQueen dress, nude L.K.Bennett heels and a smart Lock & Co. hat.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined by Prince Harry, who looked super-smart in uniform, as they made their way to the royal barge.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on top form as they arrived for the celebrations, smiling and waving at the waiting crowds.
William and Kate boarded the royal barge ahead of the Queen, and looked rather impressed with it, too. Once the monarch was aboard, the Spirit of Chartwell joined the centre of the flotilla and proceeded down the River Thames.
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