Diamond Jubilee: Kate Middleton and Prince William to join Queen on carriage ride

Re-enacting the Royal Wedding: Kate and Wills to join the Queen on carriage ride celebrating Diamond Jubilee



16:26 GMT, 22 March 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will retrace the route they took on their wedding day for the first time, the Palace announced today.

Marking their first formal carriage ride since tying the knot last April, the royal couple will join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on a journey through the streets of Westminster via Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards and The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

The glittering procession celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, is set to take place on June 5, and it is expected thousands will flock to the capital to witness the event.

Newly wed: Prince William and his new wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wave as they travel in the 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace

It will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first formal carriage ride since tying the knot last April

The Queen and Duke, will travel in a 1902
state landau built by Hoopers for Edward VII's coronation – the same vehicle used by Prince William and Kate as they left Westminster Abbey following their marriage ceremony.

Meanwhile the Prince of Wales, Duchess of
Cornwall and Prince Harry and a number of other royals will be joined by a Sovereign's
Escort provided by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their
breastplates and plumed helmets.

And like the royal wedding last year, members of the family will congregate on the balcony of Buckingham
Palace in the afternoon.

However this time they will watch an RAF flypast as
they acknowledge the crowds gathered in the Mall.

The 1902 State Landau, built by Hoopers for Edward VII's coronation

The 1902 State Landau, built by Hoopers for Edward VII's coronation

A Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly over Buckingham Palace as William and Kate emerge on the balcony

Like the royal wedding,members of the family will congregate on the balcony of Buckingham
Palace to watch an RAF flypast as
they acknowledge the crowds gathered in the Mall

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hughes, the Household Cavalry's commanding officer, spoke of his pride at his unit being involved in the celebrations during the extended Diamond Jubilee weekend this summer.

He said: 'It's a huge privilege. There's a lot of hard work that goes into these events. To have this during my tenure is an enormous privilege and an enormous stroke of good fortune.'

The procession will follow a Diamond Jubilee lunch in Westminster Hall where the senior royals will be joined by 700 guests.

Many will be from across the country, whose trade, craft or profession are represented by livery companies from the City taking part in the lunch. Charities, schools and other organisations supported by the companies will also be invited.

The carriages are expected to travel along Whitehall and the Mall with the way marked by more than 1,000 'street liners' from the three services, joined by military bands.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 60-gun salute from Horse Guards Parade as the royals pass.

The events will be the culmination of the four-day bank holiday weekend which will see the Queen's 60-year reign marked with a Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3, followed the next day by a concert in front of Buckingham Palace which will feature acts including Stevie Wonder and JLS.

Guardsmen pictured at Wellington Barracks in London, will be among those involved in the Jubilee celebrations

Guardsmen pictured at Wellington Barracks in London, will be among those involved in the Jubilee celebrations

A life of servitude: Queen Elizabeth II pictured in Westminster Hall

A life of servitude: Queen Elizabeth II pictured in Westminster Hall

Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrated 60 years on the throne with an address to parliament in the medieval Westminster Hall, an honour reserved only for royalty and distinguished visitors. Here, we take a look back at the reign of the Queen:

Feburary 1952: Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, set out on a tour of Africa and Asia in place of her ailing father King George VI. George dies on February 6

June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth is crowned at Westminster Abbey in the first televised coronation service.

1960: She gives birth to her third child, Andrew. Her eldest son, Charles, was born in 1948 and Anne in 1950. The queen has her last child, Edward in 1964.

1973: The Queen's only daughter, Princess Anne, marries Captain Mark Phillips. They divorce in 1992.

1977: She marks her Silver Jubilee with a tour of Commonwealth countries and lavish celebrations in Britain.

July 29, 1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony. They divorce in 1996.

June 21, 1982: A son, Prince William, is born to Charles and Diana on June 21. Prince Harry is born two years later.

July 23, 1986: Andrew marries publishing executive Sarah Ferguson, known as 'Fergie'.

1992: Her 40th year on the throne, which the queen calls her 'annus horribilis' (horrible year), is marked by marital upsets and public dissent.
– Andrew and Sarah separate. Anne divorces Mark Phillips. Photos of a topless Sarah kissing her 'financial adviser', Texan John Bryan, cause a furore.
– In November, Windsor Castle is badly damaged by fire.
– In December, Charles and Diana announce their separation.

August 28, 1996: Charles and Diana are divorced.

August 31, 1997: Diana and her millionaire companion Dodi Al Fayed are killed when their car crashes while being chased through Paris by paparazzi on motorcycles.
– In November, large crowds greet the queen and Philip as they mark their golden wedding anniversary. In an unusually frank speech, the Queen acknowledges that monarchies survive only through public support.

2002: The Queen marks the 50th anniversary of her accession on February 6

February 9: The Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, dies at the age of 71 after a life of glamour and heartbreak.

March 30: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dies at Windsor Castle aged 101.

April 30: Addressing both houses of parliament in the first major public event of her Golden Jubilee year, the queen says she intends to remain on the throne to help Britain prosper.

June 1-4: Four days of nationwide celebrations mark the queen's Golden Jubilee.

April 8, 2005: Charles announces he will marry his long-time lover Camilla Parker Bowles in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

May 3, 2007: The Queen arrives in the United States to mark the 400th anniversary, on May 14, 1607, of Virginia Company explorers landing on Jamestown Island to establish an English colony on the banks of the James River.

November 19: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh mark their 60th wedding anniversary.

October 14, 2010: The Queen cancels a planned Christmas party at Buckingham Palace after deciding it would be inappropriate to celebrate as Britons feel the pinch from the economic crisis.

April 29, 2011: Prince William and Kate Middleton marry Westminster Abbey in a sumptuous show of British pageantry that attracted a huge world audience and breathed new life into the monarchy.

May 20, 2011: Large crowds cheer Elizabeth on the fourth and last day of a historic visit to Ireland, the first by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since independence from London in 1921.
– The Queen laid a wreath to those who died fighting the British crown. In a speech to the Irish nation, she expressed sympathy to those who suffered during hundreds of years of conflict between the two neighbours.

December 23, 2011: Prince Philip has heart surgery to ease a blocked artery after being rushed to hospital with chest pains.

March 8, 2012: The Queen kicks off a nationwide tour to celebrate 60 years as monarch.

March 20, 2012: The Queen addresses parliament in Westminster Hall and re-dedicates herself to serving her people.