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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons

A unique and traditional event celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London and around the world.

Not since Queen Victoria has a monarch spent 60 years on the British throne. To celebrate the remarkable achievement of Queen Elizabeth II, at least 2,012 beacons will be lit across Britain, the Commonwealth and around the world.

Beacon-lighting has a long tradition in Britain, and has been used to celebrate royal weddings, jubilees and coronations. Once a communication tool, a beacon chain has become a symbol of unity, connecting cities, towns and villages across the UK.

As with The Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees, a beacon-chain will once more be lit on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

Her Majesty The Queen will light the final beacon at approximately 10.30pm in Central London, broadcast on live television.

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