Southampton Prepares for the Diamond Jubilee

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Preparations are under way in Southampton for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee to be celebrated in early June.

The Spring Bank Holiday this year has been moved to Monday 4th June to celebrate Her Majesty’s official UK birthday, with an additional bank holiday scheduled for Tuesday 5th June.

This means, for Southampton University students, a four-day weekend at the end of the Summer exam period from 2nd – 5th June.

At the Southampton Docks, the three ‘Queen’ ships from the Cunard Cruises fleet – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – will be docking in Southampton, joined with a special firework display and a flypast from the Red Arrows.

Southampton City Council expects the event to be the “biggest celebration outside London over the extended bank holiday weekend” and recommends that spectators view the 6pm show from Mayflower Park.

London itself will be hosting a variety of events over the bank holiday weekend. These events include a large concert organised by Gary Barlow, and a maritime parade of around 1,000 boats along the River Thames – the largest flotilla to be seen on the river in 350 years.

However events for the jubilee are certainly not just a city affair. Hundreds of towns and villages around the country will hold street parties, similar to those experienced for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year.

In Southampton, councils are urging residents to enjoy the occasion and celebrate with street parties by lifting all red-tape charges for Diamond Jubilee and Olympic street parties this year.

The University is also celebrating the jubilee and its own 60 year anniversary with a collection containing the university’s greatest achievements from the past 60 years.

For more information about the jubilee visit the Southampton City Council website: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/news-events/events/allevents/cunard-three-queens-diamond-jubilee.asp

For information about street parties visit: http://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/newsroom/1700319

To keep up to date with University of Southampton’s 60th anniversary plans visit: http://60.southampton.ac.uk/

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