2 Jun 2012

Final preparations for jubilee celebrations

5:50 pm on 2 June 2012

Final preparations are being made in Britain for celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee, the BBC reports.

It is sixty years since her accession to the throne.

The queen will attend the Epsom Derby horse race on Saturday where she will be driven down the course in an open-top car, there will be a Red Arrows display and Katherine Jenkins will sing the National Anthem.

The weekend's main celebrations include a pageant on the Thames involving 1,000 boats on Sunday and a concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday.

There will be more events throughout the UK to mark 60 years since the coronation.

On the final day of the weekend, the queen will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, before thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the route of a formal carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace.