England, undoubtedly, has a rich lineage of imperial events that also have included the common man, in its revelries. In the times of antiquity, such regal celebrations used to mark a new King’s ascension to the throne, exciting victories, or religio-political episodes or importance. In the current era of secular republican democracy, however, the royal family and its customs act as a splendid reminder of the nation’s glorious past. Though the incidents of royal celebration have considerably been reduced, every once in a while, Britain does still get to don a grand carnivalesque mood that is the token remnant of the country’s magnificent colonial past. The upcoming Royal extravaganza that has the entire nation putting its best foot forward is, of course, the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. This event, which is due to take place on the extended weekend between 2nd and 5th June, has already engulfed all the citizens of Britain in a frenzy of festive activities. Consequently, everyone is planning how to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in a lavish manner that is fit for the royalty!
There are numerous ways, in which, you can make your Diamond Jubilee weekend memorable for your friends, family, and yourself. Some of the popular ways that are being considered by people to celebrate this special event are:
A luxurious house party: Many people are deciding to stay indoors, decorate and renovate their homes, and organise their own parties. In this way, the Diamond Jubilee weekend becomes a convenient opportunity for highly pressured working people to bond with their friends and families. Of course, the decoration choices for this special party would be best complimented by a touch of British icons, like the Union Jack. Many people are also choosing to emulate the Queen’s famous garden parties, complete with sophisticated cocktails for the adults, and party games for the children.
Upbeat suburban street parties: Many people of the younger generation plan to dance the night away, at one of the many suburban street parties and fetes, around the country. These are fun, community-based events that allow people to enjoy local cuisine and hospitality.
Visit Hyde Park: Hyde Park has been chosen as the official venue of a two-day long Diamond Jubilee extravaganza. You and your family can choose to visit Hyde Park, where there will be music, live performances, street acrobatics, as well as mouth-watering traditional British fares. Though the pocket pinch of the Hyde Park event will set you back by £20 per person, it will be definitely worth it.
Regal cruise: This year, the Queen has decided to assemble an imposing flotilla of 1000 ships to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. This will be a breathtaking event, and many cruise companies are offering people to glide along the ‘Avenue of Sail’, on the days preceding the royal D-Date. As a result, thousands of people have already got their tickets for these cruises.
Other than these, many people also intend to visit the Buckingham Palace, and lighting beacons in their neighbourhoods, in order to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event.
And what are YOU planning to do?