Long May She Reign!

The official emblem for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is the winning design from a national competition, drawn by 10-year-old Katherine Dewar from Chester. Katherine’s design was chosen from 35,000 entries from children ages 6-14, and those who created the top 30 designs were invited to a special tea party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate their achievements. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 and was crowned on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey. In 2012, the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee becoming the second monarch in British history to mark 60 years on the throne. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897. The Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend takes place 2nd-5th June 2012.