For millions of us, the Diamond Jubilee weekend in June was one of 2012’s defining moments, in a year full of defining moments. Friends, families and complete strangers in communities up and down the country came together to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
To commemorate this historic milestone, Haynes is publishing The People’s Jubilee, a stunning picture collection which chronicles, in lavish pictorial detail, the Royal Family’s activities in 2012 – from the spectacular celebrations to the more low key, but nevertheless important, events which marked six decades of the Queen’s dedication to Britain and the Commonwealth.
Written and compiled by Victoria Murphy, Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mirror, who followed the Queen every step of the way, The People’s Jubilee features more than 300 colour and black and white images of the Queen and the Royal Family – many previously unseen – taken by Mirror and Reuters photographers during 2012.
Photographs taken at key milestones from the Queen’s reign – including the Coronation of 1953 and the jubilees of 1977 and 2002 – also provide a visual reminder of how Her Majesty, and society, has changed over the course of her 60-year reign.
The People’s Jubilee beautifully charts June’s extended weekend of spectacular celebrations, where the Royal Family took centre stage at the Epsom Derby, travelled down the River Thames as part of a record-breaking flotilla, hosted a picnic and pop concert at Buckingham Palace and attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. Meanwhile, scenes from many of the 9,500 street parties which took place across the country during the long weekend illustrate the positive and galvanising effect the Diamond Jubilee had on the people of Britain.
Elsewhere, readers are treated to pictures that illustrate the burgeoning relationship between the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, and are reminded of many of the fashionable outfits and dazzling jewellery worn by the Queen during the year. There is also the inside story on her mock skydive into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The People’s Jubilee captures a more personal side of the Queen, including pictures of Her Majesty in a moment of reflection at the Service of Thanksgiving and attending the Diamond Jubilee concert while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital.
Author Victoria Murphy says: “While the Queen has demonstrated a steadfast and unerring devotion to her subjects for 60 years, she opted to rededicate herself to her people in 2012. In time it will come to be seen as a defining year, with the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games almost bringing ordinary life in Britain to a standstill.
“The Queen has been a constant presence through six full decades of unprecedented change. It is my hope the book will evoke many memories, not just of previous coronations and jubilees, but of 2012, which has been such a momentous year for the Queen, the Royal Family and Britain as a whole.”
About the author
Victoria Murphy is the Daily Mirror’s Royal Reporter. She provided extensive coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011 and continues to travel the world reporting on the Royal Family. Earlier this year, Victoria authored Sixty Glorious Years, a book documenting the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Interviews are available with Victoria
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