The UK Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 – Britain’s Biggest Street Party

Vocabulary Check List

To meet and greet = To make people feel welcome at a social event or party
To Arrange = When you arrange something, you are organising or controlling a situation
Fairly = Fairly is an adverb that is used to express that something is tolerable. E.g. It’s not VERY big, but it’s fairly big.
A Postage Stamp = Sello postal de correos
To Curtsy =  Reverencia

What is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

queens diamond jubilee  2012 street party imagesMillions of people in the UK will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The party is a way of celebrating the fact that the Queen has been ‘Queen’ for 60 years! British people have street parties and eat food outdoors to celebrate. It’s very similar to the Gracia festival that happens every summer in Barcelona!

The country will enjoy an extra long bank holiday weekend, which means that there will be a four day weekend!

Buckingham Palace Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012

Buckingham Palace Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2012

The staff of Buckingham Palace will be arranging events and parties for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee party and will work along side the official (government) Department for Culture, Media and Sport to coordinate the events.

Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms. She is the daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Born in 1926 in London, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was named after her mother, while her two middle names are those of her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and her paternal grandmother, Queen Mary.

Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now known as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. The event was fairly simple as Britain was still recovering from World War II. She then came to the throne on February 6, 1952 and coronation took place on June 2, 1953.

Symbols

Windsor Castle - The Queen's HouseFlags, stamps and coins all represent the Crown in different ways. The most notable symbols of the monarchy in the UK are the crown jewels and regalia, the Honours of Scotland and the Principality of Wales. Other symbols include the Great Seal and the monarch’s personal emblems such as the Royal Standard and Coats of Arms. Buildings such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse are also seen to represent the monarchy in the UK.

queens diamond jubilee street party photosThe Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year will most likely see the Queen meeting and greeting people in honor of this occasion throughout 2012. Many people observe the traditional forms of greeting the Queen, so for men this is a neck bow (from the head only) while women do a small curtsy. Others prefer to shake hands with the Queen. Those who are presented to the Queen address her in a formal manner.

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