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Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with the Queen

Walking holidays in the UKThis weekend, Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, only the second monarch in British history to achieve this remarkable anniversary (the first being Queen Victoria in 1897). Not that she’ll be alone – the whole country is joining in the festivities over the long Bank Holiday weekend – even though many of you will, admittedly, still be working.

There are all sorts of formal events and colourful celebrations taking place – including the largest flotilla for centuries, comprising ships and boats from all around the world, sailing up the Thames. Red, white and blue bunting is appearing throughout the land, cakes are in the oven, and final rehearsals are taking place for a wide range of theatrical productions and regal plays. Not that everyone chooses to celebrate in the same way…

Walking holidays in the UKThere are many reasons why Great Britain really is a great place to live – we certainly know how to put on a good show and, royalist or not, you must admit that our royal family is the envy of the world. Whatever your leanings (Roundhead or Cavalier!), you will no doubt enjoy an extra day off (or day in lieu) perhaps to join the thousands of tourists who have come to Britain to join in this historic occasion.

You may, of course, choose to celebrate in a much less formal, gentler way, perhaps by taking a walk into the beautiful British countryside which is looking incredibly lush at the moment after our recent drought-heatwave-deluge weather we've been experiencing. Let's hope it's fine over the weekend at least.

On this most special of weekends, follow in the footsteps of historic kings and queens and visit some of the many royal castles that can be found across the land: Richard III’s magnificent castle in Middleham (above) in the Yorkshire Dales; Henry VI’s great fortress at Dunstanburgh (below) on the Northumberland coast; Pickering Castle (top), a royal hunting lodge on the edge of the North York Moors; Henry II’s atmospheric castle at Peveril in the Peak District; or impressive Ludlow Castle (left) in the Shropshire Marches, which welcomed Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in July 2003, the first visit of a reigning British Monarch to the castle for many hundreds of years.

Across the length and breadth of the land, many of you will be taking full advantage of this extended weekend to don your boots and take a very British picnic out to your favourite spot in the countryside to quietly raise a glass to her Majesty.

I give you a toast: “The Queen!

Walking holidays in the UK

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