The Royals

Royal Jubilees: Parties Fit for a Queen!

As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60-year Diamond Jubilee, look back at the epic parties and pageants that marked her Silver and Golden Jubilees

SHINE A LIGHT

Forget birthday candles: The queen marked her Silver Jubilee by lighting a beacon at Windsor Castle on June 7, 1977, which set off a national chain of beacon-lighting and bonfires all over the U.K. as a symbol of unity. The tradition will be repeated on June 4, 2012, when over 2,000 beacons will light up all over the U.K. to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.