The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

2012 is a momentous year for the UK, not least because this year marks Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

By Sarah Croft, British High Commission


Celebrations have already begun in the UK and other Commonwealth realms and countries around the world, but the highlight for Singapore will be the visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, later this year. 
There is already great excitement about their visit and we are in discussions with the Palace to agree a full programme of events and activities to showcase the best of Singapore. The eyes of the world will be on the city during their stay and this visit will only help to reinforce the strong relationship between Singapore and the UK. 
The Queen started the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on 8 March 2012 with a visit to Leicester with The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Cambridge. From March until July, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will continue their tour across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while many other members of the Royal Family will visit every Realm, Commonwealth country, Crown Dependency and British Overseas Territory.
One clear theme that has emerged throughout every speech made by The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee so far is the power of togetherness, the strength of family, friends and good neighbourliness.
To continue this theme, we are encouraging those in Singapore who wish to join in with celebrations to arrange your own ‘Big Lunch’ or participate in those already arranged by the British communities in Singapore, including the British Club and British Association.
We will be joining in wherever we can to celebrate this historic milestone. For those of you who may be visiting the UK during this time, we have a handy guide to all the events taking place around the Diamond Jubilee central weekend.
Saturday 2 June 2012: The Queen will attend the 2012 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse. 
Sunday 3 June 2012: The Big Diamond Jubilee Lunch will see friends, families and neighbours come together and celebrate The Queen’s 60 year reign.
Sunday 3 June 2012: The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will see up to 1,000 ships make their way down the Thames. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be aboard the Royal Barge, which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla.
Monday 4 June 2012: The BBC Diamond Jubilee Concert takes place in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, with some of the biggest names in music performing for The Queen and Royal Family will light the National Beacon, the first of at least 2,012 beacons to be lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Commonwealth and other countries around the world.
Tuesday 5 June 2012: The central weekend celebrations end with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage procession.
Then and Now
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development recently published a report that takes a look at how the working world has changed over the past 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
When Princess Elizabeth received the news of her accession to the throne, Britain was still recovering from World War II. Identity cards were a necessity and food rationing was still part of daily life. The first dip in economic growth was noticed in 1952, together with an increase in unemployment rates, however it is
the current financial crisis that has been credited as the longest and deepest during the Queen’s reign.
In the 1950s, Britain was seen as one of the leading nations for trade, with manufacturing making up 40 per cent of the total workforce. This saw a steady decline in the British economy, and with globalisation, came lower-cost options from overseas.
In today’s world, the UK economy is often referred to as a service economy with the services industry accounting for more than 70 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product) growth. 
There appears to be little changed in the amount of work undertaken, however it is clear the workforce in today’s world is far more productive, with the value of the output around four times greater than that of the early 1950s. Basically people today are working smarter, not harder. In the past 60 years, the world has gone through social, industrial and economic change and will continue to do so. 
With the introduction of a Twitter feed, YouTube channel, website, Flickr and Facebook page, The Queen has embraced the rapid growth of the digital age.
The world continues to change at an ever increasing rate, as it has over the past 60 years. The Queen and Royal Family remain the one constant for the people of the UK and the Commonwealth.