Its time for celebration, The Queen's celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics are coming to the city of London. 2012 is a very busy year for England, the celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee are on-going and it's only 44 days till the start of the Olympics. The focus is currently on London and afer a seamless Jubilee weekend everyones now looking forward to the Olympics opening ceremony.
The Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne from the second of June to the fifth. All over the UK people held street parties and celebrations to mark this momentus occasion.
On Sunday June 3rd, a Diamond Jubilee pageant was held on the Thames, this consisted of up to 1,000 boats assmebled from across the UK, the Commentwealth and around the world. The Queen travelled in the Royal Barge which was the centerpiece of the flotilla. Sadly the weather wasn't the best, it was windy and wet the whole afternoon.
On Monday the 5th there was a fabulous concert at Buckingham Palace, the concert was hosted by Rolf Harris and had many great performers such as Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Madness, Elton John and many more.
The celebrations continued onto the Tuesday with a service at St Paul's Cathedral, lunch at Westminster Hall, a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Fly Past and Feu de Joie. The Queen later addressed the nation with a small speech thanking everyone involved and how heart warming it was to see everyone enjoying the celebrations.
The next big event to hit London is the Olympics. The Olympic tourch relay started in Land's End in Cornwall and will go through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages and be held by 8,000 inspirational people before finishing in London on the 27th of July.
The theme for the opening ceremony has been annouced, it's called Green and Pleasant and is to represent the British countryside. The ceremony will boast the worlds largest harmonically tuned bell, real farmyard animals grazing, familes taking picnis, people playing sports and even real rain, that's if they need it, each nation will all also have their national flower on show.
The artistic director Danny Boyle said "The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be." It looks to be an interesting opening and hopefully it will be one to remember.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the London 2012 logo, there are plenty of people who think it's a solid ground for a visual identity and those are who completely hate it. The logo itself is to inspire and engage with a global audience, also to be one of the most cohesive Olympic brands in history. Do you think the 2012 brand has the grounds to be remembered?
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