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What's on during Diamond Jubilee weekend

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Tue June 5, 2012
The new royal barge "The Gloriana" preparing for launch on the River Thames, London, England. "The Gloriana," which will be crewed by 18 oarsmen, will lead the flotilla of over 1000 river craft carrying Queen Elizabeth II on June 3, 2012. The new royal barge "The Gloriana" preparing for launch on the River Thames, London, England. "The Gloriana," which will be crewed by 18 oarsmen, will lead the flotilla of over 1000 river craft carrying Queen Elizabeth II on June 3, 2012.
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The Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
Building the Royal Barge
Concert picnic
St Paul's Cathedral
The procession
Crowds gather for flypast
Beacon lighting
Diamond Jubilee service medal
Street parties across the country
The Household Cavalry
Buckingham Palace
Mall crowds
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • All you need to know about the celebrations of the Queen's 60-year reign
  • Need-to-know guide: Find out where to go, what you can do and when it's going to happen
  • Key players -- Who's going and to what event? We've got the details

On June 3 - 5, the UK's Queen Elizabeth II marks her Diamond Jubilee year with a series of parties and pageants. CNN's Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin will be there to follow the festivities. Join them at the following times: June 4: 1730 (ET), 2230 (CET); June 5: 0900 (ET), 1400 (CET).

(CNN) -- Excitement is building for what are expected to be jubilant festivities to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne.

The flags are already out across the United Kingdom and CNN will be at the heart of action as the country gears up for a long weekend of revelry from June 2-5.

CNN International will be covering all the key events online and on air, but if you're planning to join in the fun, here is a guide to what's happening.

And if you are out and about celebrating, send us your photos and videos.

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June 5 2012: 0630 (ET), 1030 (CET) Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession

The final day of this spectacular royal weekend commences with a National Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral. A prayer has been written specially for the event, which will be attended by the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family.

Later, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will join the queen and Prince Philip for a Diamond Jubilee lunch provided at Westminster Hall.

Following their meal, a carriage procession (from 1020 [ET], 1420 [CET]) will convey the royal party to Buckingham palace. Their route will take them from Whitehall, past Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch and straight on to the official London residence of the British sovereign

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Following their meal, a carriage procession will convey the royal party to Buckingham palace. Their route will take them from Whitehall past Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch and straight on to the official London residence of the British sovereign.

Upon return to the palace, there will be a 60-gun salute from the King's Troop followed by the Royal Family's appearance on the balcony at approximately 1125 (ET)/1525 (CET) where they will watch a feu de Joie (a rifle salute by The Queen's Guard) and a Royal Air Force flypast.

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Key players

This year we have already seen the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams deliver the "Motion for an Humble Address on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee" in the House of Lords.

During the central Diamond Jubilee weekend itself we will see most of the royal family in attendance as well as political heads like British Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. It is also likely we will see familiar faces such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Getting around the city

Travel around London is expected to be difficult and use of public transport is advised as many roads and bridges will be closed due to ongoing special events. Transport for London (TFL) has suggested avoiding travel through the city center if you are not attending an event, particularly on June 3. They also advise buying travel tickets in advance to avoid long waits in lines. For more information on traveling to specific events, check the TFL website.

What's next

During the Diamond Jubilee year, the queen has embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom traveling as widely as possible. With the help of other members of the royal family including Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and Princess Beatrice. After the celebrations of in June, the queen will continue on her tour visiting a variety of stops in Britain and Scotland.

The queen has also asked her family to represent her on trips abroad. We've already seen Prince Harry journey to The Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica where he "beat" the world's fastest man Usain Bolt. Additionally, the Princess Royal recently returned from South Africa and Mozambique.

Other members of the royal family to undertake trips to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories will include Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Andrew, the Duke of York; The Earl and Countess of Wessex; the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

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