Kate and William among just SEVEN senior royals given key roles during jubilee weekend
14:23 GMT, 30 May 2012
Only seven members of the Royal family, including the Kate and Prince William, will appear at the major celebratory events during the Diamond Jubilee weekend.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry will attend the balcony appearance and RAF flypast on Tuesday along with a service at St Paul's Cathedral.
This is in accordance with the Queen’s wishes that the Jubilee celebrations focus on the direct line of succession, writes the Daily Telegraph.
William and Catherine: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join five members of the Royal family at key events this Jubilee weekend
The seven senior members of the Royal family will also travel together on the royal barge during the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday and attend the Tuesday lunch with 700 specially invited guests before the balcony appearance.
During the National service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry in walking the Queen and Prince Philip down the aisle.
The St Paul’s Cathedral ceremony on Tuesday June 5 will be available to download on the cathedral’s website giving the public the opportunity to follow the sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, word for word.
The Prince of Wales will stand alongside his mother, Queen Elizabeth II at the celebrations
Prince Harry and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have both made it onto the balcony with the Queen
Over 2,000 guests have been invited, including the Lord Mayor of London and in attendance will be an additional 50 members of the Royal family as well as the senior seven.
Starting at 10.30 am the service will include David Cameron reading the New Testament, hymns and Prayers giving thanks for the ‘lifelong service of Her Majesty’ and the Royal family for their work supporting her.
The man responsible for ensuring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee carriage procession runs without a hitch has described the event as the ‘crowning moment’ of the celebration weekend.
Colonel Toby Browne, Crown Equerry, has spent weeks organising the event which will be part of the grand finale of the extended Bank Holiday weekend next Tuesday.
The Queen and Prince Philip will ride
through Whitehall in a 1902 state landau, used by the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge on their wedding day in April last year.
The balcony on the front of Buckingham Palace will be much less crowded than at William and Kate's wedding with fewer royals stepping out this weekend
Browne, who runs the Royal Mews, said: ‘For the Queen, I think, to be
seen by the people in a procession like this is incredibly important and
is the crowning moment of the jubilee celebration weekend.
people know we have this great panoply of state on show: Troops,
carriages, horses, military bands. To see the whole thing come through
in one moment is spectacular.’
William and Kate and Prince Harry will ride in a second state landau in
the procession from Westminster Hall, where members of the Royal family
will enjoy a lunch hosted by the City’s livery companies, to Buckingham
containing Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will also travel
down The Mall, past tens of thousands of spectators.
carriages will be joined by a Sovereign’s Escort provided by the
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their breastplates and plumed
Preparing for a royal celebration: This is the stage where artists such as Sir Paul McCartney and Jessie J will perform during the BBC Diamond Jubilee concert
A nation covered in bunting: From the streets of the capital to the postcard village of Albury in Surrey – the people of Britain honours Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne
The spectacle will be part of a series of Diamond Jubilee events on the Tuesday starting with the St Paul’s Cathedral service of thanksgiving and ending with the Royal family gathered on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for a fly-past.
Colonel Browne said: ‘It’s an incredible achievement. She’s only the second sovereign to reach 60 years on the throne. She’s been a rock of stability for the people of this country throughout this period.’
Mark Hargreaves, head coachman at the Royal Mews, revealed that if it rained on the day the Queen and Duke would travel in the Australian state coach, Charles and Camilla in Alexandra’s state coach and the Cambridges and Harry in the glass coach.
‘Anybody who works here now will not do another Diamond Jubilee. Who knows when the next one will be’ he said.
‘We’re always at a high level of readiness so it’s just those final touches and flourishes we have to do.’
During the weekend the fleet of state limousines, in their royal claret livery, will also be used to carry the Royal Family to and from events.
DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND – WHAT'S ON
Saturday June 2
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend from 1pm
Hyde Park Jubilee Family Festival
Family orientated celebrations with five zones, including a Disney zone. Traditional British food and entertainment will be on offer including the Queen’s cavalry, Pearly Kings and Queen and singing tea ladies.
Sunday June 3
Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
Celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II on the Thames. The Queen arrives at Chelsea Pier at 2pm with the Royal family. Around fifty big screens will be places along the river so that the assembled crowds can watch all the action live.
Battersea Park Festival
An ‘alternative village-fete’ with retro acts, vintage tea dance and a portrait of the Queen made from 3,210 cakes.
Hyde Park Jubilee Family Festival continues
The official Street party day
Street parties throughout the country.
Monday June 4
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert
Organised by BBC and Gary Barlow the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace will feature music legends such as Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Tom Jones alongside new acts Ed Sheeran, JLS and Jessie J and many more. Broadcast begins on BBC 1 at 7.30 pm.
4,000 beacons will be lit around the kingdom, with the last one – the national Beacon – lit by the Queen herself.
Buckingham Palace fireworks display
Tuesday June 5
National service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
57 members of the royal family join nearly 2,000 guests. The service will be led by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and starts at 10.30 am.
The seven senior royals will attend lunch at Westminster Hall with 700 invited guests.
Carriage procession to Buckingham Palace
After lunch the royal party will travel by carriage through Whitehall. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the 1902 State Landau used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day.
Balcony and flypast
RAF flypast and balcony waves by the seven members of the Royal family chosen by the queen to appear. The flypast includes a cascade of rifle fire interspersed by the National Anthem.