On Monday 4th June 2012, the aim is to light 2,012 (or more) beacons - the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Commonwealth and other countries around the world to mark this important and historic moment in The Queen's Reign.
Britain has a long history of beacon lighting spanning many hundreds of years. We have celebrated Royal Weddings, Jubilees and Coronations by lighting beacons on village greens, castle battlements, church towers, farms, beaches, front gardens, car parks and mountain tops!
A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration.
In the history of this country, the only other Monarch to achieve a reign of 60 years was Queen Victoria (1837-1901) who reigned as Queen of the UK and Ireland for a total of 63 years. In 2012, The Queen will become the second Monarch in British history to celebrate 60 years on the throne.
The opportunity to witness and celebrate an occasion as unique as this can not be understated and already preparations to mark the occasion across the world are gathering great pace as plans for a spectacular Diamond Jubilee begin.
Beacons will be lit at various locations across London with Her Majesty The Queen lighting the National Beacon at 10:30pm on The Mall in London, following the BBC Concert that night.
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