2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the English throne. In honor of this event, a national holiday was held in Great Britain, which attracted a large number of tourists to London.
Elizabeth II is one of the monarchs who has been on the throne for the longest time in the history of the English crown. So far, only Queen Victoria is ahead of her. The sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of the beloved queen was celebrated in Great Britain with magnificent celebrations.
The festive events began on June 1st. In Portsmouth, one of the ships of the British National Armed Forces with the beautiful name "Diamond" fired 21 gunshots in honor of the royal jubilee. The next day, June 2, there was a derby at Epsom, which the Queen honored with her presence.
The most solemn part of the holiday fell on June 3. It was held in London. A large group of ships, both reconstructed historical and modern ones, passed along the River Thames. Thousands of people were involved in organizing this event. The "great river" last saw such a ship's procession 350 years ago. The Queen and her family also sailed down the Thames on their Spirit of Chartwell barge.
In one of the parks of the English capital, festive festivities were organized. These included a carnival show, various entertainment for the public, and a big cake treat. Some of the British spent the holiday in a narrow family circle. In this country, it is customary to celebrate major events in the life of the royal family, for example, the birth of heirs or, as in this case, the anniversaries of the reign.
June 4, Monday, was declared a day off on the occasion of the anniversary of the reign of the queen. On this day, a major concert took place in the center of the capital, at which the most popular English performers from different decades performed - Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and others. On the night before the concert, hundreds of lighthouses were lit along the British coastline.
On the next, final day of the celebrations, the queen took part in a solemn church service. The special attention of the Anglican Church to the anniversary is due to the fact that the English monarchs have been considered the heads of this trend of Protestantism since its inception. The most prominent figures in the state and personal friends of the Queen were invited to a grand dinner after the religious ceremony. After that lunch, the Queen went to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to receive the air parade and, of course, to greet the enthusiastic audience.