6th January 2010
Events will be held across the country to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Lord Peter Mandelson has announced.
Speaking to the House of Lords, he revealed that event organisers would be called upon to arrange the celebrations which will take place around the first week in June 2012.
Lord Mandelson said that the early stages of organisation are already underway for the events to pay tribute to the Queen and celebrate her 60 years on the throne.
"It will also be an opportunity for us as a country to reflect on the incredible changes that have taken place, both here and around the world, over the last six decades," he added.
As part of the celebrations, a special Diamond Jubilee weekend will be created, with an extra bank holiday added on Tuesday June 5th. The May Bank Holiday will be moved to Monday June 4th.
Event organisers could have a busy year in 2012, as the Olympic committee has also called on suppliers and to bid for £700 million worth of goods and services contracts associated with the London Games.