10 did-you-knows about the Diamond Jubilee

#1 Queen Elizabeth II is the second British monarch to reign for 60 years. The first being Queen Victoria who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1838 and reigned for a total of 63 years and 216 days.

#2 Queen Elizabeth II is, however, the oldest British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, aged 85 on her Accession Day (see point #3) compared to Queen Victoria who was 77 on hers.

#3 Accession Day is the official name given to the date on which a monarch succeeds to the throne, upon the death of the preceding King or Queen.

#4 Although Elizabeth’s accession to the throne took place on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father King George VI, it wasn’t until over a year later that her coronation ceremony took place. This honoured the tradition that such a festival was deemed inappropriate during the period of official mourning that follows the death of a monarch.

#5 Elizabeth was crowned Queen on 2 June 1953, hence June 2012 is the month that the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place.

#6 The coronation ceremony was held inside Westminster Abbey, where coronations have been conducted for the last 900 years.

#7 What differentiated this coronation ceremony from any other was that it was the first to be televised in its entirety, prompting the number of television licences in the UK to double to an estimated 3 million.

#8 The Jubilee isn’t the Queen’s first diamond anniversary. On 20 November 2007, she celebrated 60 years of marriage to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

#9 A giant pixelated portrait of the Queen made out of 3,120 cakes is to be displayed on a giant easel in Battersea Park as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – one cake for every week of her reign: http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/NewsStory.aspx?id=76

#10 It’s estimated that the UK will spend £823 million celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with those jubilating expecting to spend an average of £40 per person according to a poll by MoneySupermarket.com

© Lesley Dougall Copywriting Limited and 10thingsby.com, 2012. Unauthorised reproduction of content is not permitted. To request permission, contact copywriter@lesleydougall.com

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