Who better than Kate Middleton to help Queen Elizabeth II formally launch the celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee? The royal duo did just that in March, being greeted by thousands of well-wishers during a celebratory whistle-stop tour of England that took them from London to Leicester. Alas, a queen's work is never done, and the monarch will continue her tour of the United Kingdom through July 25.
Behind every powerful woman, there's, well, another powerful woman-in-waiting. The regal trio of Kate Middleton, Camilla Parker Bowles and, of course, Her Majesty celebrated the queen's 60th year on the throne in March, attending a high tea in London's tony Fortnum & Mason emporium.
In celebration of their grandmother's milestone year, the senior royals are taking turns touring the Commonwealth, and Prince Harry was first to head overseas, touching down in the Bahamas, Belize and Brazil in March. Among other notable photo ops, the ginger wonder gamely faced off against the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt. No prizes for guessing who won.
Pop goes the prince! While abroad, Harry was trailed by Britpop superstar Gary Barlow, who in May released "Sing," a the de facto theme song of the queen's Diamond Jubilee. The track is sung by constituents from all over the Commonwealth, but features a very special solo moment from none other than the third in line to the throne, who contributed a grand total of two tambourine taps to the catchy track. The monarchy's gain is music's loss.
A son's love knows no bounds. At least, that would be one explanation as to why Prince Charles embarrassed endeared himself to the punters while on his own Jubilee-celebrating trip to Canada in May. All in the name of his royal mama dearest, Charles gamely got behind some turntables in Toronto and submitted to a lesson in spinning phat beats. The Jubilee Concert won't know what hit it.
There's no better tribute than booze, and Prince William, Harry and Kate—along with the sovereigns of 26 other countries—raised a glass or two in honor of the queen in May, when the world's royals assembled at Windsor Palace for a luncheon celebrating her reign. Because when she reigns, they pour.
Ain't no party like a royal garden party! Kate Middleton represented for the young royals at yet another celebration honoring the queen, turning up at a garden tea party held for 8,000 of Lizzie's most ardent admirers on the grounds of Buckingham Palace in May. Though William and Harry were MIA for the event, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and Sophie of Wessex were all present and duly turned out for the occasion.
The lady of the hour kicked off the festivities at the final weekend of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a day at the races, decking herself out in her finery to attend the annual Epsom Derby.
Oh, the pomp! Oh, the circumstance! No one does pageants like the royals, and the gang was all there for the highlight of Jubilee weekend, the Thames River Pageant, on which all senior members of the royal family boarded a flotilla and waded through fair Londontown.
Talk about a tough crowd. Will, Kate and Harry are among the thousands of revelers who turned up and tuned in to the star-studded Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace, with Elton John, Jessie J, Paul McCartney and Kylie Minogue among the performers wowing the crowd.
On the final day of formal celebrations honoring her six decade reign, Will, Kate, Harry, Charles, Camilla and the queen herself gathered in St. Paul's Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving paying tribute to her years on the throne before embarking on a carriage procession through the city.
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