Cadets prepare to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

27 May 2012

This June the nation will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. Only the second British monarch in history to reach this remarkable milestone (the first being Queen Victoria), she ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952 and her coronation took place on June 2 the following year. Here's a round up of how cadets will be marking this special event:

• On Thursday June 1 the Woodland Trust have invited cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland ACF to attend a special event at the site of their flagship Diamond Jubilee Wood, in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
Throughout the year cadets are working alongside the Woodland Trust on the Jubilee Woods project that aims to plant six million trees in woods right across the country.

• On Sunday June 3 100 ACF cadets and adult volunteers will be involved in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will see around 1,000 individual vessels on the Thames in London, making it one of the largest ever flotillas assembled on the river.

• By kind invitation of our Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 50 members of the ACF and their guests will attend the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday June 4. A further 30 concert tickets were received by the ACF as a member organisation of Youth United.

• Following the Jubilee Concert cadets will be involved in lighting Jubilee beacons all over the country. Her Majesty The Queen is lighting the National Beacon in central London. In all more than 2012 beacons will be lit across the UK and in a number of Commonwealth Realms, UK Overseas Territories and other countries, including the USA and The Republic of Ireland.

• Tuesday June 5 brings the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral. Representing the ACFA will be Colonel Peter Christian OBE, ACFA Council member and Col Cadets 49 Brigade.

• Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the royal family will then attend a lunch in Westminster Hall. Amongst the guests will be SSI Sarah Wilde of Cornwall ACF who was invited by The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers in recognition of her dedicated service to the ACF both as a Detachment Commander and as a key player in her county’s ACFA Outreach projects in recent years. Also attending the Westminster lunch will be Cadet Sergeant Moises Mendoza who has been invited as a guest of The Arbitrators' Company, which sponsors his cadet detachment in South West London ACF, and Captain David Cawrey who runs the successful ACF detachment in Tottenham and was invited by The Worshipful Company of Loriners.