This year in the UK an extended weekend (2, 3, 4 and 5 June) will be dedicated to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s reign. Schools in England and Wales will be able to close on Tuesday 5 June and many of events will take place across the country to mark the 60th anniversary. On the Diamond Jubilee website, you can find a lot of news about the celebrations.

Street parties are a good idea to celebrate the Jubilee: the UK government’s digital service Directgov suggests to visit the websites The Big Lunch and The Street Party, where you can find some tips to organise the celebrations for the event.

Official medals will be awarded during the first half of the year to those in the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison service. One the many big events organised for the Jubilee is the Armed Forces Muster, which will take place on 19 May. Nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will parade through Windsor Castle and the town before Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh. They will then muster in the Castle grounds before an audience of more than 3,000 Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. A flypast of current and historic aircraft will close the event.

Another big event on 3 June is the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world over. The Queen will lead the flotilla travelling in the Royal Barge.