Diamond Jubilee events, where to watch
Posted May 30, 2012
Here's a look at the Diamond Jubilee weekend schedule and where you can catch some of the coverage on TV.
Saturday,Diamond Jubilee Derby: The queen and royal family will attend the Epsom Derby in Surrey. This year it is the Diamond Jubilee Derby; the Coronation Cup has been renamed the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup.
Watch it:CBS This Morning co-host Erica Hill will report live from London Friday through Tuesday. NBC's Today show will broadcast live on Friday with Meredith Vieira reporting. NBC's Weekend Today will report live Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday,the Big Jubilee Lunch: All over the U.K. and London, neighborhoods and communities will gather for communal lunch parties, a jubilee version of the royal-wedding street parties of last year. And the Thames River pageant: A flotilla of 1,000 ships makes its way from Putney east to Tower Bridge. The queen and most of the royal family, including Will and Kate, will be on The Spirit of Chartwell, a luxury river cruiser redecorated in antique style and equipped with tiny robotic cameras operated by the BBC. The pageant has "really caught the popular mood," says pageant master Adrian Evans, who came up with the idea and spent two years organizing it. "It's a one-off event, very unlikely to be done again, and people will say, 'I just have to be there.' "
Watch it:BBC America will broadcast it live in the USA starting at 8 a.m. ET. CNN will broadcast live for two hours starting at 11 a.m. ET, anchored by Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin. NBC Weekend Today and CBS This Morning will report live. Excerpts of the day's events excerpted later on network and cable news broadcasts.
Monday,the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, picnic in palace garden and lighting of the National Beacon: The star-studded concert, produced by BBC, will take place in front of the palace and around the Queen Victoria Memorial, with jumbo screens down The Mall. The free three-hour show is mostly pop/rock with some classical pieces and musical theater. Also: a new Diamond Jubilee song for the queen, Sing, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow, frontman for the British band Take That. About 10,000 people, chosen by ballot, are attending, with the queen and royal family, plus more than 8,000 people from a selection of charities. They will also attend a picnic in the palace garden. Afterward, the queen will light the National Beacon on the Mall, the last of a chain of more than 2,000 such beacons set alight throughout the U.K. and the Commonwealth.
Watch it: Don't expect to watch the concert live. ABC has exclusive rights to broadcast two-hour highlights of the concert Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. ABC's Good Morning America will cover the day live in the morning; World News With Diane Sawyer and Nightline will cover excerpts in the evening. NBC's Today show will broadcast in the morning with Meredith Vieira. Excerpts on other network, cable news broadcasts later.
Tuesday,the Ceremonial Day: The queen and royal family and 2,000 British worthies will attend an Anglican thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral. Following, the queen and royal family will attend private receptions, then a lunch at Westminster Hall. They will depart Westminster by carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace. The queen and Prince Philip will be in the 1902 State Landau, used in last year's royal wedding. The procession route will be lined with military bands and troops from the three military services; the Sovereign's Escort of colorfully uniformed mounted troops will trot alongside. Just before 3:30 p.m. local time, all the royal family will assemble on the balcony for ceremonies.
Watch it: BBC America will broadcast it live from 4:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. ET and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. ABC's Good Morning America will cover the day live in the morning; World News With Diane Sawyer and Nightline will cover excerpts later. On NBC, starting at 7 a.m., Matt Lauer will co-anchor split edition of Today with Meredith Vieira reporting live. Excerpts on other network, cable news broadcasts later. CNN will broadcast live for two hours starting at 9 a.m. ET, anchored by Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin.
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