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As part of the celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria drove through London on 22 June 1897 with the purpose of seeing her people and receiving their congratulations. In this depiction of the scene Queen Victoria can be seen in an open State la

Marking significant anniversaries in a monarch's reign

Queen Elizabeth II

Diamond Jubilee, 2012

The Royal Barge arrives at Tower Bridge during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

The Royal Barge arrives at Tower Bridge during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant © PA Images / Alamy. Photographer: Owen Humphreys

The events of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 followed much the same pattern as the previous two Jubilees, marked by Queen Elizabeth II travelling around the country, while other members of the Royal Family travelled throughout the nations of the Commonwealth.

In order to create lasting legacies of the occasion, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was set up as a charitable foundation to support projects across the Commonwealth, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood was planted in Leicestershire. The Jubilee weekend included a pageant on the river Thames, a maritime parade of 1,000 boats.

On 4 June, the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral was followed by a formal lunch in Westminster Hall and an appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, with a fly-past by the Red Arrows and other historic aircraft. The day ended with a concert on The Mall.

Associated Objects in the Royal Collection

Procast Foundry Ltd [Cleckheaton]

Locomotive nameplate

City & Guilds of London Art School [London]


Frank Bowling (b. 1936)

Revisiting 'Night Journey'

Olwyn Bowey (b. 1936)


Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941)