10 pences - J – Jubilee
We don’t need much excuse in Great Britain to get out the bunting and hold a good ole fashioned Street Party and a Royal Jubilee does just that. They provide us with an occasion to celebrate the life and reign of our monarch and are usually marked with people coming together with neighbours, sharing food, drink and embarking on a range of fun activities.
Queen Elizabeth II, our longest reigning monarch, and Queen Victoria are the only two reigning British monarchs to have celebrated their Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne). Both with extensive celebrations.
Over 2million people took part in street parties to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. The occasion was marked with an array of celebrations over the weekend, including the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a maritime flotilla of some 1000 boats and vessels led by the Queen’s Royal Barge, ‘Gloriana’ and a Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.