BBC announces special programming on Queen's diamond Jubilee

Mumbai: To mark 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign over the UK and as Head of the Commonwealth, BBC World News will be bringing audiences a special series of programmes and live events as people in Britain takes part in three days of national celebrations.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in London for the Diamond Jubilee weekend, and BBC World News will be there throughout with live coverage of the main events from Sunday 3 June to Tuesday 5 June with highlights that will include:

The Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant (Sunday 3rd June)

At high water in the afternoon of Sunday 3 June, up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The BBC will be filming up close with unprecedented eight-camera coverage on the specially converted Royal Barge. Coverage will be led by Huw Edwards, Sophie Raworth, Simon McCoy, EmilyMaitlisas the Queen embarks on The Spirit of Chartwell and joins the flotilla.

Royal Procession & Service of Thanksgiving (Tuesday 5 June)

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It will include a prayer written, at The Queen’s direction, by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. Mishal Husain and Huw Edwards report fromthe Service.

Plus, there will be coverage of the Royal Family travelling from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace by carriage along a processional route which will be lined with thousands of well-wishers, and the Royal family will also appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF fly past.

Richard Porter, Controller, English Global News said: “From the heart of London, BBC World News will provide comprehensive coverage of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. From the Thames River Pageant to the Service of Thanksgiving, our viewers throughout the world can enjoy a special weekend celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. ”

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