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Highlights of the Diamond Jubilee

The Jubilee weekend was a great opportunity to relax at home with friends and family, but for those of us who were in London, it was also a chance to come together and celebrate. We’ve made a list of Holiday Hypermarket highlights from the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Hope you had a great time no matter where you were!

The Jubilee Concert: will.i.am, Peter Kay, Cliff Richard and Grace Jones in a hula skirt were awesome, but they were no match for Gary Barlow’s “Sing”, which provided an anthem for the event sung by 200 people from around the Commonwealth!

Pretty in Lace: Kate Middleton’s gorgeous lace frock by Alexander McQueen, which she wore to the Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service, was matched with a Jane Taylor hat and nude heels. She was the “chicest of chic”, said the British Fashion Council’s Harold Tillman.

Congratulations Ma’am! For the first time, three Queens sailed up the Solent alongside a flotilla of small boats to celebrate the reign of Britain’s Queen. The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria were all in attendance.

Glimpse of a Future King: Prince Charles’s speech to his “Mummy”, along with his best wishes for his father, was a moving tribute.

Atten-tion! What would a celebration be without a fly-by? The Dakota was joined by two King Air aircraft as well as a Lancaster, Spitfires and Red Arrows, with the Irish Guards raising their bearskins in salute.

Joey’s Tribute: The National Theatre put on a short and lively tribute, with Joey the puppet horse from the smash-hit War Horse, galloping along the roof. The Queen, who saw the show in 2009, shared the moment with the Duke of Cambridge.

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: The river pageant consisted of boats of all kinds from rowed to pleasure to working vessels, beginning at Battersea Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge. All were festooned with streamers and Union Jack flags and passengers and crews turned out in their finest gear to pay tribute to the Queen.

The Mall & the Street Parties: 1.2 million campers sat in the rain to catch a glimpse of the monarch, while the streets in Britain bloomed with bunting, and festivalgoers snacked on fairy cakes and Sainsbury’s sandwiches: yum.

Of course, the Queen: In a message of thanks, she spoke of the celebrations as a “humbling experience”, which she hoped would “brighten our lives for many years to come”. Amen!

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