Weekend highlights include:

:: Saturday, June 2
The Queen goes to Epsom Derby, between 1pm and 5pm.
– Afternoon weather in Epsom: 17C, bright, southeasterly breeze

:: Sunday, June 3
The grand river pageant on the Thames, with the flotilla underway between 2 – 5.30pm. Street parties are also to be held across Britain.
– Afternoon weather for central London: 11C, heavy to light rain, northeasterly breeze

:: Monday, June 4
Buckingham Palace garden party at 3pm, a pop concert at 7.30pm and more than 2,000 beacons nationwide to be lit from 10pm.
– Afternoon weather for central London: 12C, light rain, easterly breeze. Evening, largely overcast.

:: Tuesday, June 5
St Paul’s cathedral service and procession during the morning, and flypast over Buckingham Palace balcony at 3.30pm.
– Weather for central London: 16C, sun and showers

 The four days of pomp, pageantry and festivities will pay tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne – a milestone no monarch is likely to reach for generations to come.

The full list of major events:2 June – The Epsom Derby

The Queen begins the weekend on Saturday by attending the Epsom Derby and in doing so indulge one of her passions.

Singer Katherine Jenkins will sing the National Anthem as Her Majesty, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Epsom Downs.

A crowd of 125,000 is expected.

Unlike last year the Queen does not have a runner in the Derby. The closest the Queen has come to a Derby win was the year of her Coronation – 1953 – with her horse Aureole.

  • 3 June – Thames River Pageant & Street Parties

On Sunday the Queen will board the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge and lead a flotilla of 1,000 vessels in a Thames river pageant.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be joined on board by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The seven-and-a-half mile route will begin in Battersea and finish at Tower Bridge.

One million people are expected to line the banks of the Thames and many of its bridges.

Many not travelling to the capital will be staging street parties or jubilee parties as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch.

Prince Charles as heir will have an important role

  • 4 June  – Diamond Jubilee Concert and Beacons

A round stage will encircle the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

‘Take That’ singer Gary Barlow has gathered the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Jessie J and Kylie Minogue to take part. The music will reflect that recorded in every decade of her reign.

About 10,000 ticket holders have been allocated seats through a national ballot.

Also on Monday, more than 3,000 Jubilee beacons will be lit around the world in honour of the Queen Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen will light the National Beacon at around 10.30pm.

The festivities will pay tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne

  • 5 June – Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession

Festivities reach a colourful climax on Tuesday as the Queen and her family attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. ( St Paul’s issues special Prayer to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee)

The day’s focal point will be a royal carriage procession through the heart of London.

If the weather is good, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the 1902 State Landau used by William and Kate on their wedding day. They will be joined by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in two State Landau.

The extended Bank Holiday weekend will culminate with The Queen being joined by her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for an RAF flypast.