Britain's Big Lunch initiative, a charitable drive to bring families and communities together, has taken advantage of the diamond jubilee in grand fashion, and 1950s themed "trestle table teas" will dot the Commonwealth throughout the holiday weekend. Fancy dress picnics and fireworks parties are expected, along with less traditional events such as frozen-sausage tossing in Blyth, Northumberland, ping-pong ball racing in Denbighshire, and kilt racing in Perth. The Royal Family will ride on a barge on the River Thames on Sunday, June 3rd as part of a 1,000 boat flotilla that is likely to be "one of the most spectacular nautical events seen in London for over 350 years," according to The Telegraph. The Windsors will be accompanied on the flotilla by the Middletons, the family of the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton).
This is probably a nod to the very conveniently timed increased popularity of the Royal family, which is largely due to the Cambridges' marriage and the likeability of the Duchess herself. The Royals have much reason to be thankful for this, as this giant wave of popularity coincides not only with the jubilee celebrations but with the upcoming London 2012 Olympic summer games.
As the Duke of Cambridge, also known as Prince William of Wales, and his wife are largely considered to be the most popular Royals next to the Queen herself, it has been reported that they have been receiving anti-kidnapping training from the Special Air Service (SAS) in anticipation of both the jubilee and the Olympics. This is a wise move in a post-9/11 world, and with tensions still remaining between the British government and the IRA. Prince William's aunt Anne, the Princess Royal, survived a 1974 kidnapping attempt by a deranged man who wanted to hold her for ransom. The Cambridges are reported to have taken the training in their stride, and it is likely that the jubilee celebrations are carefully produced to within an inch of life as with all Royal occasions, so they will probably go off without a hitch and be a great celebration for the UK and her alliesÂ—but it's always better to be safe.