Updated Friday June 1, 10.09: The Queen will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee this weekend with a host of royal activities destined to make even the least patriotic feel like buying bunting. Although the fashion world has embraced the event in a number of stylish ways, from Louis Vuitton's royal-themed exhibition to Mulberry's Union Jack tribute bag, Her Majesty's official celebrations kick-start tomorrow as she attends the Epsom Derby.Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - for the Thames Pageant. Regardless of the weather, 1,000 boats will travel down the River Thames decorated with flags, with the royal family forming the centrepiece on the Royal Barge. On Monday night, the country's biggest stars - from Shirley Bassey to Elton John - will perform for the Queen at a concert held at Buckingham Palace. The event will be broadcast live on BBC One - and, with rumours that concert organiser Gary Barlow is set to join Prince Harry on stage, we'll definitely be watching. The evening will culminate in Her Majesty lighting the National Beacon, one of 4,000 being lit around the country.
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Updated Wednesday May 30, 10.54am: Louis Vuitton is celebrating the Queen's Jubilee this weekend with an exhibition by German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, featuring work dedicated to Her Majesty, held at its New Bond Street Maison. Shoppers will also be treated to live piano performances on June 4 and 5.READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Updated Wednesday May 30, 9.12am: London designers Meadham Kirchhoff are taking over Topshop's Oxford Street store on Friday in honour of the Jubilee, promising a "fashion spectacular" which is currently top secret.
Updated Wednesday May 23, 11,41am: One of the bastions of luxury British fashion, Mulberry, is set to launch a capsule collection dedicated to Britain's big year on May 31. The range will comprise three of the label's most iconic bag styles - the Bayswater, Lily and Pouch - each with an understated Union Jack metal plaque. The linings of all three will feature playful Mulberry loves Britain icons: the brand's signature tree motif, a heart and a mini Union Jack stamp.
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Updated Wednesday May 16, 11.38am: Anya Hindmarch is inviting you to become a Queen for the day with a new shopping service. Visit any of her three London stores and have your photograph taken with the label's bespoke Maud clutch in front of a backdrop, using royal-themed props included tiaras, earrings, gloves, an orb, pearls, sashes and cut-out corgis. Refreshments will come in the form of Union Jack Battenberg cakes and gin and tonic jellies. After your royal makeover is complete, you'll take home a framed photograph and a Battenberg cake wrapped in a takeaway box. Hindmarch's Queen For A Day experience will take place in its Ledbury Road store on May 29, Sloane Street store on May 30 and Bond Street store on June 1.
Updated Tuesday May 15, 11.26am: Rankin has helped showcase Harrods' new ballgowns display, by photographing the store's exclusive dresses for the June issue of its magazine. Each show-stopping gown is shown on models made to look like history's most famous queens - from the Wicked Queen in Snow White and Persian legend Scheherazade to Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts.
"We really enjoyed working with the Harrods magazine team on the mythical queens," Rankin told us. "To get such world-class fashion designers and jewellery creators to collaborate on the different looks took a great deal of careful organisation. My favourite look? I try not to have favourites but I'd say the Wicked Queen from Snow White. I love the apple behind the back."
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Updated Tuesday May 15, 11.19am: Philip Treacy has unveiled his Derby hat to be worn by the event's official face, Laura Bailey, on Ladies Day on Friday June 1. The sculpted feminine design features a faded pink oversized rose, described by Bailey as a "work of art".
"Horseracing, fashion and beautiful hats go hand in hand and creating a hat for Laura Bailey to wear to the Investec Derby is a fantastic opportunity," said Philip Treacy. "The event is a traditional British day out, with stunning millinery on display. This year more than ever, the spotlight is going to be on the Derby and I am thrilled to be involved."
Updated Friday May 4, 9.26am: British shopping institution Selfridges is taking its role in celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee seriously, hosting a new exhibition entitled Britannica 1951-1953 with help from curator Judith Clark and milliner Stephen Jones.
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The display - which appears as part of the store's Jubilee and Olympic celebration, entitled The Big British Bang - showcases the outfits that a lady of the time could not do without, from dawn till dusk, including, of course, dazzling, exclusively-created hats by Stephen Jones. And the milliner has big plans for the Jubilee weekend.
"Well, it's the Dior cruise show on the Tuesday, so I'll be in Paris!" he told us at last night's Britannica launch at Selfridges. "I'll have to swing by the British Embassy for a cocktail of two - and of course I'll be wearing my union jack underpants!"
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Kirkwoodhas created a one-off pair of shoes to celebrate the
Queen's Jubilee. The style comes covered in red and white Swarovski
crystals and will be sold exclusively in his London boutique from
the official Jubilee weekend starting June 2. A great fan of the
royal family, Kirkwood has intended the towering heel to be one of
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the most stylish ways to show your support for Her Majesty's
forthcoming celebrations next month.
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Updated Tuesday May 1, 9.06am: London has officially started celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee today, with 147 Union Jack flags lining Oxford Street - marking 147 years since the street was made into a modern high street. British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman and model Jasmine Guinness unveiled the patriotic display this morning, which celebrates the country's fashion and craft worlds. The flags, which can also be seen on Regent Street, Bond Street and Piccadilly, will be up throughout May.
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"As the UK gears up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, there's no better time to celebrate the best that Britain has to offer," said Prime Minister David Cameron. "Contributing over £2 billion to the UK economy, with world-renowned fashion designers, fantastic shopping and distinctive style, our fashion industry exemplifies British creativity, passion and entrepreneurship."
Updated Tuesday May 1, 8.32am: >Vogue cover star Robbie Williams is set to perform at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert on June 4 - an event organised by fellow Take That bandmate Gary Barlow. The show will take place at Buckingham Palace in front of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family and will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2. Other acts featuring in the line-up include Jessie J, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Elton John.
"If this doesn't get me a knighthood, nothing will," joked Williams on his website. "I can't wait for the show."
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Updated Friday April 27, 11.51am: The Queen's most precious diamond jewellery is set to become the subject of a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace - opening on June 30 - a celebration of her Golden Jubilee. The showcase will display both the Queen's personal jewellery, as well as pieces that have been handed down through the royal family's history. Highlights include the earrings and necklace the Queen wore at her Coronation; the tiara given to Her Majesty by Queen Mary on her 21st birthday; and Queen Victoria's diamond crown.
Updated Tuesday April 24, 12.38pm: In honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Harrods is set to launch a limited edition fragrance created by perfume house Bond No. 9. The scent - called Harrods Jubilee - consists of amber, musk and sandalwood along with Lantana leave, dry leave and mace. The fragrance is available now from the store's Perfumery Hall and retails at £290 for a 100ml bottle.
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Updated Monday April 23, 1.31pm: Vivienne Westwood is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a new capsule collection inspired by looks the royal has previously worn - from floor-length gowns to jewelled earrings. The range will land in stores in mid-May, a few weeks before the official Jubilee celebrations take place from June 2 - June 5.
Updated Wednesday April 18, 11.03am: Karl Lagerfeld is set to join celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, by offering live commentary of the event on French television channel France 2 on June 3. The Chanel helmer showed his support for the British royals last year, when he participated in a France 2 live broadcast about the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attracting five million viewers.
Updated Monday April 10, 11.58am: London's luxury department stores, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols, are embracing the Queen's Jubilee by giving their respective windows a patriotic makeover. For the first time ever, Harrods is inviting the public to design its famous window displays through online pinboard website Pinterest, in which customers can submit a moodboard inspired by a Jubilee street party theme. Harrods' store image director Mark Briggs will select three submissions, which will then be posted on the shop's Facebook page - allowing fans to vote for their favourite. The winning design will appear in Harrods' windows next month.
Meanwhile, Harvey Nichols has transformed the windows of its London store into a mix of old-fashioned high street shop fronts - including a fishmonger, a greengrocer, a florist, and a lingerie shop entitled Harvey Nickers.
"We wanted our Jubilee windows to have a distinctly vintage Fifties feel about them to pay tribute to the era of the Queen's Coronation, while also referencing the best in this season's fashion," Harvey Nichols' head of visual display Janet Wardley told us. "The inspiration for the shop fronts came directly from the trends seen on the spring/summer 2012 catwalks - sugary pastels for the sweet shop, florals for the florist, fruit and vegetable prints for the greengrocer, and fish-like sequins and lace detailing for the fishmonger."
"This window scheme been one of the most fun to conceptualise - it's a striking contrast to the contemporary approach we normally take with our installations, but retains our distinctly tongue-in-cheek sense of humour."
Updated Friday March 23, 12.12pm: In honour of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year and the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibition, Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950, Harrods is set to unveil a pop-up ballgown boutique, exhibiting designs by some of fashion's biggest names - including Erdem, Nina Ricci, Roberto Cavalli and Valentino - in its famous Brompton Road windows.
"When asked to create a ballgown for Harrods to celebrate The Queen's Jubilee, we were extremely honoured - not only because Harrods is a British institution with a worldwide audience, but because we love and admire British culture and its capability of blending tradition with an innovative spirit," Valentino creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, said. "In our eyes, beauty and style is unique and personal, capable of arousing multiple emotions and attitudes. With this beautiful lace and tulle embroidered delicate ballgown, we feel that any woman could live a princess moment."
Remaining windows will feature a custom-built display of crowns (each of which is based on a replica of the St Edward's coronation crown), created by thirty-two leading labels including De Beers, Fabergé, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Theo Fennell.
"We wanted to furnish our crown with a more contemporary feel and add a bit of fun to the occasion," said Fennell. "We have used our signature pink and black and the bee motif which we felt was ideal to symbolise the Queen Bee. We hope it has a sense of jolly timelessness."
The exhibition will be on display for a month from Tuesday May 15, with the opportunity to purchase designs through one-to-one consultations at The Penthouse at Harrods.
Updated Tuesday March 13, 9.44am: Laura Bailey has been named as the official face of the 2012 Derby Festival - the event that will open this year's Diamond Jubilee.
"I'm honoured to be chosen as the face of the Investec Derby in such a special celebratory year and excited to join in the Jubilee celebrations," Bailey told us this morning. "This will be my first time as a guest at the Derby, although definitely not my first flutter on the horses."
"It's a real treat to collaborate with the best of British talent on such a special occasion," said Bailey. "When I first moved to London and started modelling, the first thing I saved up for was a Philip Treacy hat and we've been friends ever since."
The Queen herself will attend the second day of the races and Bailey is already practising her curtsey.
"My three-year-old ballet dancer daughter can be my teacher!" she joked, before adding, "I'm most looking forward to the event's old-school glamour with a modern edge. I couldn't resist a flick through the old images of Derby guests in the Twenties and Thirties - classic and romantic with a real sense of fun. And who can think about fashion at the races without a desire to channel Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady or even Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? I never had a pony - I just read the stories. This is probably the closest I'll get to fulfilling a childhood fantasy."
Updated Monday February 20, 2.58am: Victoria Beckham has confirmed that the Spice Girls will not be reuniting for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year.
"It was so flattering to be asked to do the Jubilee," Beckham told the Sunday Mirror, "but we have lots on our plates and we are all so focused on the end of the year and Viva Forever, the musical. The Jubilee isn't going to happen. But the musical is going to be really great and we're focusing on that."
Meanwhile, milliner Piers Atkinson - best known for his outlandish creations for Lady Gaga, Anna Dello Russo and Rihanna - has landed a top Diamond Jubilee commission: to design a hat for the Duchess of Cambridge to wear when she accompanies The Queen and Prince Philip to Leicester to launch the event's royal tour.
"Unfortunately, originality does tend to terrify the British," Atkinson told the Daily Mail. "Outwardly, we're all respectable, but we often have a naughty, repressed side to our nature."
Updated Monday February 6, 8.46am: Sixty years ago today, The Queen ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI. As a 25-year-old princess - with no idea that she would become her country's oldest ever monarch, on course to become its longest-serving - she took an oath to serve the people of Great Britain, one that she reaffirmed in a statement today.
"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness," The Queen said in a statement this morning. "I hope also that this jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations."
Updated Monday January 31, 8.33am: Selfridges is preparing itself for the Queen's Jubilee with a host of exciting activities. In May, it will open The Great British Shop, housing all you need to eat, dress and live like a true Brit, from Union Jack-embellished Mulberry bags and Pearly Queen-inspired Nicholas Kirkwood towering heels, to quintessentially British foods such as Marmite and Branston pickle. Its Tiara and Queen Shop, also opening in May, will provide shoppers with all they need to look just like the Queen, selling tiaras - ranging from £5 to £55,000 - a replica of the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding design, her majesty's favourite bag; the Launer, and the Fulton umbrella.
For those who would rather observe than partake in the Jubilee celebrations, the store will also be hosting two exhibitions; the first showcasing a small collection of the royals' gloves of choice, created by British brand Dents and the second an exploration of how the appointment of the Queen in 1953 changed the face of fashion, entitled Britannica 1951-53, featuring a series of Vogue archive fashion features - dating back to the Fifties.
Updated Friday January 13, 7.36am: The Victoria & Albert Museum has announced an exhibition entitled Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, set to take place later this year, in honour of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Details of the exhibition, which is sponsored by jeweller Garrard, have not yet been revealed but all will become clearer at the V&A on February 6 when exhibition curator Susanna Brown will unveil it to press.
Updated Friday January 6, 8.17am: The Central Weekend to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee takes place from Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5 2012, with celebratory activities throughout the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.
The Jubilee Weekend features an extra Bank Holiday for the Diamond Jubilee, with the late May Bank Holiday moved one week later, thereby making a 4-day long weekend. The government announced the extra Bank Holiday for the Diamond Jubilee on 5 January 2010.
Highlights of the weekend, organised by Buckingham Palace, will include The Queen's visit to the Epsom Derby on Saturday June 2; The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday June 3; The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons and the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, televised by the BBC, on Monday June 4; and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday June 5 before the event closes with a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.
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Updated Wednesday January 4, 12.22pm: The Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on the 10, 11 and 13 May 2012 in Windsor, the Palace confirmed today. For further information please visit www.diamond-jubilee-pageant.com.
Updated Tuesday January 3, 10.12am: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations aren't set to be a time of rest and relaxation for the Monarch and her family - and will in fact see all members travelling widely. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will embark on series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United Kingdom during 2012 - supported by other members of the royal family, who will also journey further afield.Duchess of Cambridge will journey to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu; and Prince Harry will head on appropriately fun-sounding trip to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
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