William, Kate to join Queen in jubilee procession
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 23:10
London: Prince William and his wife Catherine will re-live one of their wedding day highlights when they accompany Queen Elizabeth II in her diamond jubilee carriage procession, officials said on Thursday.

Buckingham Palace released new details of the celebrations taking place in London on June 5, the fourth and final day of the jubilee holiday weekend marking the monarch's 60th year on the British throne.

Events include a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a balcony appearance and military flypast.

The palace revealed that William and Catherine, whose formal titles are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will take part in the procession, along with William's younger brother Prince Harry.

It will be the first time William and the former Kate Middleton have taken part in a procession since their wedding on April 29, 2011, an event that was watched by an estimated two billion people worldwide.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles -- the father of William and Harry -- and his wife Camilla will also take part in the procession, the palace said.

After the service at St Paul's, where outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will give a sermon, the queen and her husband Prince Philip will attend a reception at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.

All the royals will then attend lunch at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, where the queen gave a speech on Tuesday rededicating herself to the service of the country.

They will then leave for Buckingham Palace "travelling along a processional route by carriage" lined with service personnel from the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, the palace said.

Troops will fire a 60-gun salute during the procession. Finally the royals will take to the Buckingham Palace balcony -- where William and Catherine kissed twice before the crowds on their wedding day -- to watch a flypast by RAF aircraft.

The jubilee weekend starts on Saturday June 2 with the Epsom Derby, while on Sunday there is a pageant of boats on the River Thames.

On the Monday there will be a concert outside Buckingham Palace, featuring stars such as Paul McCartney and Elton John. (AFP)


First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 23:08

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