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A street party in The Street, England, UK | by Beardy Vulcan
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A street party in The Street, England, UK

Most of the 4 day (2-5 June) celebrations for the Queen's diamond jubilee were marred by heavy rain, but the rain luckily managed to stay away during this event. People here dined food provided by themselves, The Crown public house and Oliver's Bakehouse. The Crown also provded a Pimms tent. There were also some entertainment provided by the Old Basing Corps of Drums as they marched down from the British Legion to the celebrations at St Mary's church. At the centre of the village, The Street, contains many old houses, and St Mary's Church.


Street Parties are organised by groups of residents for their neighbours and are usually quite straight forward to organise. They generally don’t include activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol / trading or providing entertainment.


The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is a multinational celebration throughout 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the sad 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 is the only other monarch in the histories of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee, which she did in in 1897. 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.

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Taken on June 4, 2012