To mark 60 years of The Queen's reign a series of key dates have been announced marking special events. The weekend from June 2 to 5 will be the centre-point for the celebrations for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. It was held more than a year after the accession because celebratory processions were deemed inappropriate while still mourning the death of the previous monarch.
A royal diary of engagements has been launched to mark the key dates of where royal family members will open buildings and appear in public. Most of the dates do not appear more than two weeks in advance because of security reasons but this week we can expect the Princess Royal to open the Arts building on the Mile End Road at the Queen Mary University of London on Friday and then in her capacity as the President of the British Olympic Association, she will attend the "Nearest and Dearest" Roadshow at Twickenham's Stoop Stadium, reports the Diamond Jubilee website.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the De Montfort University in Leicester on Thursday before attending a multi-faith event at Leicester Cathedral.
The so-called central weekend of festivities will take place place from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012. Workers and schoolchildren will enjoy an extra days bank holiday on June 5, the second year running Britons have enjoyed an extra day off after last year's royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April.
On Saturday June 2 , The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby, a major horse racing event and on the Sunday (June 3) The Big Jubilee Lunches take place; this is where people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours or form street parties.
On Monday June 4 a historic concert is due to take place and will be filmed live by the BBC. The venue will be the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace and will feature artists such as Shirley Bassey, Jools Holland, Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Ed Sheeran.