#DiamondJubilee: A historic weekend in photos

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Here are the highlights of the historic, once-in-a-lifetime Diamond Jubilee celebrations

MANILA, Philippines – For 4 days, people across the United Kingdom and around the world, especially in the Commonwealth, celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen is only the second British monarch to reach this milestone – the first one, Queen Victoria, marked 60 years on the throne back in 1897.

Here are the highlights of the historic, once-in-a-lifetime weekend.

Racegoers get into the Diamond Jubilee spirit as The Queen arrives at Epsom Racecourse, 2 June 2012. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) standing next to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (2R) smiles from the royal balcony as she looks down on the winning horse in the Derby race on Derby Day, the second day of the Epsom Derby horse racing festival, at Epsom in Surrey, southern England, on June 2, 2012 the first official day of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Princess Michael of Kent is at (L). AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

The Queen congratulates jockey Joseph O'Brien (right) after his horse, St Nicholas Abbey won The Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup during Investec Derby Day of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, 2 June 2012. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Piccadilly in London and join members of the public for a Big Jubilee Lunch. Photo courtesy of www.princeofwales.gov.uk

The Queen meets Chelsea pensioners at Chelsea Pier before boarding the Spirit of Chartwell for the River Pageant. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

JUBILEE PAGEANT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) gestures aboard the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames on Sunday at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP Photo

Revellers watch from the bank near Tower Bridge during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, London, 3 June 2012. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

JUBILEE. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of color on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP photo

Guests enjoying the Diamond Jubilee picnic in the garden of Buckingham Palace before the BBC Jubilee Concert, London, 4 June 2012. Photo courtesy of Buckingham Palace Press Office

Prince Charles kisses the hand of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on stage as British singers Paul McCartney (3rdR) and Elton John (R) and other performers look on after the Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. in London, on June 4, 20112. A chain of more than 4,200 beacons began to flare across the globe Monday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, with the last to be lit by the monarch at a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

The Jubilee beacon lit by The Queen outside Buckingham Palace after tthe Diamond Jubilee concert, London, 4 June 2012. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

A fireworks display at Buckingham Palace marks the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert, London, 4 June 2012. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C front row) waves from the Royal Box surrounded by guests including members of the royal family and the clergy (front row L-R) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (top row L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Prince Harry, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DAVID BEBBER

BASH AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Buckingham Palace is illuminated by a fireworks display during the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London, on June 4, 2012. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made a regal appearance at a star-studded diamond jubilee concert Monday but without her husband Prince Philip at her side after he was hospitalized hours earlier. AFP PHOTO / David Parker/POOL

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks behind the Sword of State followed by members of the royal family including Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a national service of thanksgiving for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 5, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II attended the final day of celebrations for her diamond jubilee Tuesday, but the pomp and splendor were marred by the absence of her husband Prince Philip after he was hospitalized. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JEFF J MITCHELL

(Bottom to top) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attend a national service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 5, 2012. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II wraps up four days of diamond jubilee celebrations with a thanksgiving service and ceremonial carriage procession in London, a formal contrast to the spectacular pop tribute staged outside Buckingham Palace the day before. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANDREW COWIE

The choir perform during the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, London, 5 June 2012. Photo courtesy of the British Monarchy/Press Association

Spectators wave as Queen Elizabeth II makes her way along Whitehall past Horse Guards Parade on her way back to Buckingham Palace during the carriage procession in London on June 5, 2012. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on wraps up four days of diamond jubilee celebrations and festivities will conclude with a ceremonial carriage procession in London, a formal contrast to the spectacular pop tribute staged outside Buckingham Palace the day before. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dave Thompson

Huge crowds cheering with Britain's Union flags crowd the Mall towards Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in London on June 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace at the end of a carriage procession following a national service of thanksgiving in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in London on June 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CARL COURT

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