2012 in pictures: The Diamond Jubilee

The Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne in 2012 Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee was one of the main highlights of 2012.

The main celebrations to mark the Queen's 60-year reign ran from March to June, culminating in an extended bank holiday weekend that took place from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June.

The Queen addressed members of parliament in March as she rededicated herself to the country. Credit: ITV News
Prince Harry embarked on a seven-day Jubilee tour of Commonwealth Nations in March
A new waxwork of the Queen was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The image of the Queen was created using self portraits by 200,000 children were projected on to Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association
A Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle featured more than 500 horses and 800 performers. Credit: Press Association
Jubilee gnomes were a surprise top-seller ahead of the June celebrations Credit: B&Q

To mark the Diamond Jubilee a special set of photographs of The Queen with twelve Prime Ministers who had been in power during her reign was released.

The Queen chats to Margaret Thatcher at a reception for the 39 heads of delegations at the Commonwealth Conference (1979) Credit: The Prime Minister's Office/flickr

A never-before-seen picture of a young Prince of Wales and Princess Royal buried up to their necks in sand and joined by a corgi on a beach was released ahead of the Jubilee.

A young Prince of Wales and Princess Royal on Holkham Beach in Norfolk Credit: Buckingham Palace/PA Wire

Celebrations around the world

Central Park celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee with "The Great British Run" Credit: British Consulate-General New York
Members of 902 Expeditionary Air Wing on Operations in the Middle East Credit: he British Monarchy
A tribute to the Queen is seen on HMS Daring during a deployment to the Middle East Credit: MoD

The nation celebrates: Saturday 2nd - Tuesday 5th June

Your pictures

Many ITV News viewers and users of the itv.com/news sent in pictures of their Jubilee celebrations.

Six-month old Chloe Bates dressed up and ready for the Celebrations. Credit: Kerrie Greenfield

The Queen started her celebrations with a traditional visit to the Epson Derby.

The Queen smiles alongside her son the Earl of Wessex during Derby Day Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoers on an open top bus at Epsom racecourse celebrate the Queen's reign. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

On Sunday 3rd June, the Queen led a Diamond Jubilee river pageant along the Thames.

It featured a 1000-strong flotilla which included steam boats, lifeboats, narrow boats, row boats and Dunkirk Little Ships.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant Credit: PA
The river pageant set a world record for the number of boats taking part in a parade. Credit: PA

A star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace featured pop music legends from the last 60 years.

Fireworks over Buckingham Palace Credit: ITV News
Robbie Williams on the stage outside Buckingham Palace Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

More than 4,200 Diamond Jubilee beacons were lit across Britain and the world.

A crown shaped firework is lit behind the Holme Pierrepont Beacon which is floating on the Regatta in Nottingham Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
The Royal Family leave St Paul's Cathedral after a special service of Thanksgiving Credit: PA
The Duchess of Cambridge chats to the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Credit: PA Wire
The Red Arrows fly overhead as the Queen stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Credit: PA

In a rare address, the Queen said the events to mark her Diamond Jubilee were a "humbling experience which she hoped would "brighten our lives for many years to come".

The Queen delivers her Diamond Jubilee message Credit: ITN Pool

In December, the Queen attended a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street as part of her Jubilee celebrations, in what is believed to be the first such visit since the reign of Queen Victoria.

David Cameron greets the Queen on the steps of Number 10 Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The Queen listens to David Cameron as he addresses Cabinet Credit: Twitter/ @Number10gov
The Queen and her Cabinet Credit: Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA Wire

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