This weekend Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 60 years on the British throne with a series of Diamond Jubilee commemorations across the UK.
The Queen took her coronation oath at Westminster Abbey on June 2 1953 and for the six decades since, has served at the head of the British monarchy and the UK population.
And with millions across the country set to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee across a four-day Bank Holiday weekend, there’s never been a better time to have a party – whether that’s down your street with the neighbours, at one of the public events nationwide or just at home in front of the telly watching the Jubilee concert live from outside Buckingham Palace.
To make your own commemoration of Her Majesty go with a swing, here are some ideas for products, apps and websites that may help you raise a glass to celebrate those 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the Diamond Jubilee.
If there’s one place to start when it comes to the Jubilee it’s the official website. Here you’ll find details on events, the latest news, highlights of past Jubilees and also there’s the chance to send your own message to The Queen. You’ll also find links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr pages.
One of the most exciting elements of the weekend’s Jubilee celebrations will be a huge flotilla of boats and ships heading along the River Thames in London, including a Royal barge procession featuring The Queen herself. This website has all the details of who will be sailing and what landmarks they will pass and when. There’s also an iPad app to follow it live.
OK, Her Maj does not tweet on this account herself but follow @BritishMonarchy for all the latest Royal news as it happens. And if you’re tweeting yourself about the weekend, don’t forget to use the #DiamondJubilee hashtag. You can also find out all about The Queen’s history and the rest of her ancestors and the Royal Family at www.royal.gov.uk
You can’t have a celebration like this without some wine, or even a bottle of Champagne. This single bottle wine chiller will cool your fizz, bubbly or white in two hours and has three temperature settings. There’s also a double bottle version just in case you need to keep a bit more plonk on ice.
With so many Jubilee-related programmes to watch on TV, it could be time to trade up from your old set. After all, this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee marks the start of a massive summer for Brits with the Olympics to follow as well as the likes of Wimbledon and Euro 2012.
This 40 inch television features the latest LED picture technology to ensure The Queen looks at her best along with smart internet functions for catch-up TV apps and checking out what your friends are saying about it on social networks on the big screen from the comfort of your sofa.
Back in 2009, President Obama gave The Queen a gift of an iPod packed full of videos and photos from the trip she made to America in 2007. What music she then loaded up onto it is anyone’s guess. But it seems to have inspired a love of Apple products as last year, by all accounts, Her Majesty asked staff to buy her an iPad.
We’d love to think she sits there playing Angry Birds or even Fruit Ninja, just like David Cameron. But if owning an iPad is good enough for the Head of State, then surely it’s good enough for the rest of us. Plus, if you buy one now you’ll have the newer iPad while The Queen is still stuck on the iPad 2.
Beats By Dr Dre headphones
These headphones come in red, white or blue making them perfect for the Jubilee. They’re great for use with an iPad, iPod or even just your smartphone, allowing you to have some easy listening of music from across the past 60 years. With a range of prices and features, you won’t miss a beat.
If you’re heading out and about and won’t be near the TV, or if you’re celebrating in the street, then a portable digital radio will come in handy. Tune in to all the goings-on across the Jubilee weekend including that Buckingham Palace concert organised by Take That’s Gary Barlow.
This Pure Evoke comes in a Union Jack design while the Roberts Revival is a retro-looking radio much like the wireless The Queen would have undoubtedly listened to years ago.
Heading up to London to try and catch a glimpse of Her Majesty? Then make sure to take a digital camera like this one from Nikon. With 16 megapixels quality, you’ll be sure of the sharpest shot of The Queen or if you can’t see her through the lens and crowds, at least you’ll have a nice shot of people cheering and waving flags.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1EB-A is also a good shout, again with 16MP and crucially a 10x zoom if you’re not at the front of the barriers.
This Sagemcom phone is a brilliant piece of kit. It looks like an 70s home telephone but pick up the receiver and you’ll find it is wireless allowing you to walk around the home with it. Pressing the numbers will also make the front of it light up and it will dial as if you were pushing the old-style circular disc around for each number. It’ll even make the classic winding noise. If you don’t know what that all means, ask your Gran.
It’s been given a Union Jack paint job for the Jubilee and while we doubt you’ll receive a call from The Queen on it, you can but dream.