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Britain to have its Second Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012

Queen ElizabethNext year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth will have reigned as Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms for 60 years since. She will therefore be only the Second Monarch in British history to have celebrated a Dimond Jubilee, coming second to Queen Victoria whom celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Plans are already underway,  with a long weekend set aside in early June to celebrate the Jubilee. During this time, towns across the United Kingdom will also be competing to be awarded City status. It has been declared that Greenwich will be receiving Royal Borough status. Citing that they have had close ties to the British Monarchy historically and it is now time to honor that.

The government has plans to issue a medal to celebrate the reaching of the diamond jubilee and across the United Kingdom, it is likely a number of individuals will take advantage of government advice and set up their own street party. Many city councils will likely create a public street party as well.

The fact of being the second British Monarch to reach the award, and Queen Elizabeth still appearing to be in good health conditions is significant. Earlier this year, she become the Second Longest Reigning Monarch in British History. She succeed King Gorge III on Thursday, 12 May. and with her good health ahead of her, she is expected to become officially the longest reigning monarch of Britain in September 2015.

References
The Telegraph | PakistaniTimes | DirectGov | DirectGov(2) | BBCNews

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