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Diamond Jubilee: Making a day of it with memorabilia

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: May 22, 2012

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Following the success of hosting day one of the Olympic torch relay, Cornwall will hardly have time to draw breath before its looking towards celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June.

Street parties and celebrations are taking place all over the Duchy - you can find out all things Jubilee related in Cornwall by clicking here.

Even the most ardent royalist might think twice before shelling out for some of the souvenir memorabilia released to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

For a lot of it can require hefty investments of many hundreds of pounds.

The key to finding a worthwhile investment is to seek out pieces with future appeal, say the experts.

Diamond Jubilee souvenirs are worth spending a few pounds on if you like them – especially if they are personalised gifts which your family can treasure for years to come.

Britain will be celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign over a long Bank Holiday weekend in June, with a host of street parties and events planned across the country.

If you're joining in the festivities, make sure you put your own patriotic stamp on personalised mugs and placemats ahead of the occasion, minus the royal budget.

There's something for everyone with personalised phone covers, canvas print, a bag for life or even cushion carrying a picture of how you celebrate the event.

But however you choose to mark the occasion on June 2-5, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is set to be one for the history books.

When Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on June 20 and 21 in 1887, the two-day festivities concluded with a procession through London which "stretched to the limit of sight in both directions" according to Mark Twain.

Fast-forward 115 years and Queen Elizabeth's celebrations are also set to be a momentous affair.

The festivities begin on Saturday, 2 June when the Queen attends the Epsom Derby, before the bunting goes up for The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday.

One highlight of the Jubilee weekend will see thousands of well-wishers turn out to see the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travelling along the Thames on the royal barge on June 2.

Between 2pm and 6pm, around 1,000 ships, boats and yachts from around world will take to the water for the flotilla, which will be one of the largest ever assembled on the river.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to join the royal couple on the lavishly decorated barge, along with Prince of Wales, the pageant’s patron, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Celebrations continue with a star-studded concert set against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace on Monday, with Gary Barlow bringing together some of the biggest names in music including Elton John, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran.

Joining them will be Cornwall's own Tony King, who lives at Praze. Mr King, a professional musician for more than 20 years, has busked all over the country, appeared on television and released two albums of his own material. He said "It's a dream gig for any musician with such a phenomenal line-up."

A network of 2,012 beacons will be lit in communities across the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth and the Queen will light the National Beacon.

Tuesday sees the last day of the Diamond Jubilee official celebrations with a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace, a balcony appearance and flypast.

Whether you'll be going all out with street parties or visiting the capital for The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, it is those personalised treasures that make it easy to mark for most for just a few pounds.

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  • AncientBiker  |  May 22 2012, 5:19PM

    Sixty years of an unelected, undemocratic Head of State is nothing to celebrate, in fact quite the reverse. In a truly free and democratic society someone born in, for example, Penzance, Truro or Bodmin should have just as much opportunity to become our head of state as anyone else but no, unless you are born into just one family in the land you have no chance at all. It is, I'm sure, only a matter of time before we are a republic so let us work towards that and then we can have a celebration of democracy to end all celebrations.

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