Today marks a very special and rare celebration on the Google homepage. Today Google is participating in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It is very rare that Google celebrates the living legacy of a person on their homepage.
If memory serves me correctly this is the first time that Google have honored a living person on their homepage via the Google Doodle. Over the next 4 days in many countries around the world people will celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II on the United Kingdom throne.
What is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee About?
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the international celebration throughout 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.
Queen Victoria in 1897 is the only other monarch in the histories of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu which have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.
International Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Following the tradition of jubilees past, a Diamond Jubilee medal is being awarded in various countries and holidays and events will be held throughout the Commonwealth. Plans were discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011.
In 2011 it were descided by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth Australia to create a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust which will donate monies to various charities within the Commonwealth.
In early 2012, the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, announced the Australian Crown-in-Council would make an A$5.4 million contribution to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust and New Zealand made a $1Million donation to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee fund.
To mark the anniversary of the Queen’s accession, the lighting on 4 June of thousands of beacons across the Commonwealth is planned. The number of beacons was originally set at 2,012; by the closing date for registrations, approximately 4,000 had been submitted in the United Kingdom alone. The first will be lit in Tonga; other nations including South Africa, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and several Caribbean states will also take part in the beacon lighting.
In the United Kingdom, British servicemen and women wounded in battle and individuals representing charities will carry beacons to the summits of the UK’s four highest peaks. One will be lit at Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park in Kenya, where the Queen was at the moment of her accession to the throne. The Queen will light the beacon outside Buckingham Palace at 10:30 pm, by inserting a large, specially made, diamond-cut crystal into a receptacle. The lighting sequence will then proceed until the final beacon is lit in Canada eight hours later.
A luncheon for Commonwealth heads of state and government is also to take place in London. In February 2012, a senior advisor was quoted as saying the Queen set two guidelines for the planning of her jubilee: the use of public funds should be minimised, and people should not “be forced to celebrate”. – Source
3D Car Shows and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Over the past few weeks we here at 3D Car Shows have been reporting on various Queen’s Diamond Jubilee parties, celebrations and functions. For more information on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to find out how the Motor Industry celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee simply use the Google Search function on the site and search for “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee”.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Google Doodle
June 2, 2012 Google Doodle – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were celebrated by Google Doodle today with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Google Doodle. In the Google Doodle you can see a silhouette image of the queen. The Queens dogs Holly, Emma
The Google Doodle have a primary color of Blue suggesting Royalty and also feature several diamonds in the Google Doodle design symbolizing the 60th year rule of the Queen of England.