Royal fascination continues

Aussies will be flocking to London for the key weekend of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

Leading online travel agent travel.com.au says its bookings for London are up more than 70 per cent on last year for the long weekend of June 2-5, when London will be alive with royal events.

Brits have been granted a four-day weekend to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and events will include a pageant of up to 1000 boats on the Thames, a concert at Buckingham Palace (tickets no longer available), an arts festival in Battersea Park, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a carriage procession of the royal family, with a Royal Air Force flypast.

The general manager of travel.com.au, Renee Welsh, says there will be many events that visitors can enjoy and those who are going to be in London should make sure they do their research before they go.

“As long as crowds don’t bother you, there’s no better time to be heading to London,” Welsh says. “The Diamond Jubilee is a historic event and London will come alive with celebrations.”

This article is an excerpt from Jane E. Fraser’s weekly travel column in The Sun Herald, Sydney.

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