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Diamond Jubilee - Thames River Pageant

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: The Spirit of Chartwell, the ship carrying Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family, passes under Jubilee Bridge as Big Ben and Parliament stand behind during the River Pageant of the Diamond Jubilee on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen, along with all members of the royal family, will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down the Thames, a star studded free concert at Buckingham Palace and a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

London's Big Ben to be renamed

Big Ben, parliament's famous clock tower, is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the queen's diamond jubilee, officials announced on June 26. (AFP)