Flanked by Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, grandsons and , and William’s wife , Queen Elizabeth II waves to her loyal subjects from the balcony at Buckingham Palace as she wraps up her historic Diamond Jubilee on June 5. “I hope that memories of all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come,” the monarch said of her four-day celebration in a videotaped message to the masses.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a carriage ride – along with Harry – in a processional back to Buckingham Palace from Parliament Square. It was just over a year ago that the newlyweds took a fairy-tale carriage ride following their April 29 nuptials.
With Prince Philip taken ill, Queen Elizabeth travels in a 1902 State Landau carriage with Prince Charles and Camilla on June 5 as she leads a procession through central London on her way back to Buckingham Palace.
The royals know how to put on a show! Seated above a crowd 10,000 strong, William, Kate, Harry and Beatrice join Granny for her Diamond Jubilee pop concert June 4, where they enjoyed live music from Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and more all-stars.
Sir Paul and Annie Lennox meet the woman of the hour backstage at the concert, held just outside Buckingham Palace. In addition to performing for Her Majesty, the ex-Beatle also paid a heartfelt tribute, saying, “I have always found her to be very warm and very nice.”
Queen Elizabeth II takes her place on stage among more than 200 performers at the close of her concert, where Prince Charles gave a touching speech to Her Majesty. Addressing her as “Mummy,” he said, “[You] make us proud to be British.”
Looking every bit the snow queen in her all-white ensemble, Queen Elizabeth greets pensioners on Chelsea Pier before setting sail on the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge, which floated down the Thames in a procession of more than 1,000 boats.
Prince Charles (in his Royal Navy Admiral’s ceremonial day dress uniform) and wife Camilla stopped by one of the thousands of Jubilee street parties near their home at Clarence House before joining the queen and his sons aboard the Spirit of Chartwell barge.
Ever the crowd pleaser, Harry (in his No. 1 Ceremonial dress of the Blues and Royals and his Army Air Corps light blue beret) stops to greet well-wishers, which numbered at an estimated million, before boarding the royal barge.
Arriving to the cheer of flag-waving fans, Queen Elizabeth II kicked off her Diamond Jubilee celebration on June 2 with one of her favorite events, the Epsom Derby, at the Epsom Racecourse in Epsom, Surrey.
Joined by her Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas, ballroom alum and classical singer Katherine Jenkins led a crowd of 130,000 strong in serenading the queen with a rendition of “God Save the Queen.”