In the United Kingdom, national and regional events to mark the Diamond Jubilee are being co-ordinated by the Queen-in-Council and her Royal Household at Buckingham Palace. As for the Golden Jubilee in 2002, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for co-ordinating the Cabinet-led aspects of the celebrations.
On 5 January 2010, the Lord President of the Council and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced that a special extra bank holiday would take place on Tuesday, 5 June 2012. By moving the Spring Bank Holiday (the last Monday in May) to 4 June, this will result in a special four-day holiday in honour of the Diamond Jubilee, coinciding with the Queen’s Official Birthday in the United Kingdom, also on 4 June. As national holidays are a devolved matter, Scotland‘s first minister confirmed separately that the bank holiday would be held on 5 June in that country as well. A large event will be staged in London on that weekend, which may include a maritime parade of boats and events along the River Thames and a diamond jubilee concert, reportedly to be produced by singer-songwriter Gary Barlow. Street parties are also to take place across the country.
Special community lottery grants, called The Jubilee People’s Millions, are being offered by the Big Lottery Fund and ITV. There was a contest held by the BBC children’s programme Blue Peter to design the official emblem for the Diamond Jubilee; the winning design, announced in February 2011, was created by ten-year-old Katherine Dewar.
To mark the jubilee, the Queen will bestow Royal Borough status on Greenwich, in south-east London. In addition, a competition will grant in 2012 city status to one town and either a lord mayoralty or lord provostship to one city. The Olympic park in East London, created for the 2012 London Olympics, will be named the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following the Olympics.
- § Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II
- § Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II
- § List of longest-reigning British monarchs