June 5th, 2012
08:21 AM ET

Live blog: Queen's Diamond Jubilee, June 5

Welcome to CNN's live blog of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! Follow along here while you watch on CNN, where Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin anchor our coverage. To get things started, you can read a little about what to expect from today's festivities. Check back often for pictures and videos, iReports, facts and trivia and more. Also, you'll find tweets from our anchors and reporters – and you! Use the hashtag #JubileeCNN and tell us what you think.

[10:59 a.m. ET, 3:59 p.m. local time]: And now a look back at the events that transpired this morning. Thank you all for joining the live blog, and check out "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9 p.m. ET for more highlights from all the Queen's Diamond Jubilee events.

[10:55 a.m. ET, 3:55 p.m. local time]: We have news that President Obama has issued a statement about the Queen, and Prince Philip is feeling better and has been watching the festivities.

[10:51 a.m. ET, 3:51 p.m. local time]: Even Piers Morgan is getting cheers from the crowd, as Max Foster points out. Morgan has dubbed Brooke Baldwin "the new Queen of CNN."

[10:48 a.m. ET, 3:48 p.m. local time]: "I am drenched once again, and I couldn't care less," says Richard Quest. He speaks of "welcoming the world" to London again next month, for the Olympics.

[10:44 a.m. ET, 3:44 p.m. local time]: Becky Anderson is interviewing a woman who came from Australia to watch the festivities. She sums it up as Morgan did: "Fantastic."

[10:42 a.m. ET, 3:42 p.m. local time]: Piers sums it up:

[10:39 a.m. ET, 3:39 p.m. local time]: "I wish I was King," says Piers Morgan. CNN's coverage continues until 11 a.m. ET.

[10:37 a.m. ET, 3:37 p.m. local time]: The Queen and the rest of the Royal family leave the balcony after more than 10 minutes of cheering. Now the anchors and guests are talking about the moment.

[10:32 a.m. ET, 3:32 p.m. local time]: Piers Morgan takes a Twitter picture:


And keep your tweets coming as well! Using #JubileeCNN:

[10:29 a.m. ET, 3:29 p.m. local time]: The Royal Air Force flyover is coming right now. Morgan calls it "spectacular."

[10:26 a.m. ET, 3:26 p.m. local time]: The Queen has appeared on the balcony, along with the rest of the Royal family, waving. Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry are all there as well.


[10:24 a.m. ET, 3:24 p.m. local time]: We're told the balcony doors will open any minute. Tune to CNN to watch the big moment.

[10:22 a.m. ET, 3:22 p.m. local time]: "She's very non-partisan when it comes to politics," says Piers Morgan of the Queen.

[10:19 a.m. ET, 3:19 p.m. local time]: Piers Morgan says the Queen never eats "messy foods" in public.

[10:17 a.m. ET, 3:17 p.m. local time]: Watch the incredible moment when the Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace (she will appear on the balcony shortly):

[10:14 a.m. ET, 3:14 p.m. local time]: Discussions among the anchors and guests about the "nurturing, communicating" role of the Royals now, and how it has evolved.

[10:10 a.m. ET, 3:10 p.m. local time]: "They're here because we want them," says author Penny Junor of the Royals and the Diamond Jubilee festivities.

[10:06 a.m. ET, 3:06 p.m. local time]: CNNI anchor Max Foster is observing the crowd:


[10:02 a.m. ET, 3:02 p.m. local time]: Richard Quest: "It takes something to actually bolt the British into showing emotion."

[09:59 a.m. ET, 2:59 p.m. local time]: "I believe that she may well be the greatest," in the British Monarchy. Philippa Gregory, British historian ,says she's a "fine example."

[09:57 a.m. ET, 2:57 p.m. local time]: Piers Morgan has a question:

[09:49 a.m. ET, 2:49 p.m. local time]: CNN's anchor location today. Tune in to CNN for our coverage until at least 11 a.m. ET!

Piers and Brooke this morning.


[09:46 a.m. ET, 2:46 p.m. local time]: From earlier today, here's Brooke Baldwin explaining today's festivities:

[09:44 a.m. ET, 2:44 p.m. local time]: Piers Morgan reports approximately one million people are in attendance today.

[09:41 a.m. ET, 2:41 p.m. local time]: We're getting many iReports from those on the ground in London. Keep them coming!

[09:40 a.m. ET, 2:40 p.m. local time]: "These three days have been a triumph over the weather," says Sir David Frost. Rain is on the way, which is why the festivities have been sped up says Morgan.

[09:37 a.m. ET, 2:37 p.m. local time]: Morgan describes it as "spine-tingling" to be broadcasting so close to the procession this morning.

[09:32 a.m. ET, 2:32 p.m. local time]: The Queen has now entered Buckingham Palace. 'This is the last we will see of the Queen until she enters the balcony in about an hour or so,' says Richard Quest.

[09:30 a.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. local time]: The Queen has entered the main gate of Buckingham Palace.

[09:28 a.m. ET, 2:28 p.m. local time]: Brooke Baldwin tweets during commercial break:

[09:25 a.m. ET, 2:25 p.m. local time]: The carriage the Queen is in was specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902 – according to the stat on the bottom of the CNN screen. Tune in now for more!

[09:21 a.m. ET, 2:21 p.m. local time]: "There is this love for the Queen," says Sir David Frost. Says Andrew Lloyd Webber: "She represents something that is constant in this world."

[09:17 a.m. ET, 2:17 p.m. local time]: The Queen is entering her carriage, accompanied by Prince Charles and Camilla.

[09:15 a.m. ET, 2:15 p.m. local time]: "She has kept the Commonwealth together," says Andrew Lloyd Webber of the Queen.

[09:14 a.m. ET, 2:14 p.m. local time]: The 'good weather' carriage will be used, according to Richard Quest and Brooke Baldwin.

[09:12 a.m. ET, 2:12 p.m. local time]: Sir David Frost, legendary news anchor, is live on CNN now. "People do care," he says, of interest in the Royals. "It may be sometimes difficult to explain."

[09:10 a.m. ET, 2:10 p.m. local time]: The procession and parade is coming next on CNN. Want to see the path it will take? Check out this interactive map.

[09:07 a.m. ET, 2:07 p.m. local time]: We're seeing live images inside Westminster Hall. The lunch is over, as we see Kate Middleton (and quite a hat).

[09:04 a.m. ET, 2:04 p.m. local time]: Buckingham Palace being shown now, where the famous balcony is empty for now. The procession has begun. "So much bigger in person," says Brooke Baldwin of the balcony. Piers Morgan calls it "the most famous balcony in the world."

[09:01 a.m. ET, 2:01 p.m. local time]: "One of the most extraordinary days in the history of the Royal family," says Piers Morgan. Here's where he's located right now:

[08:59 a.m. ET, 1:59 p.m. local time]: If you missed the fun in the rain on Sunday, here's a look back:

[08:57 a.m. ET, 1:57 p.m. local time]: Some news from Max Foster earlier this morning:

[08:53 a.m. ET, 1:53 p.m. local time]: "These are the people...who will come up when they have the balcony wave," says Quest of the people in Trafalgar Square. Reminiscent of the balcony wave after the Royal Wedding last year.

[08:48 a.m. ET, 1:48 p.m. local time]: Richard Quest is live in Trafalgar Square. "It's really a party atmosphere," he says.

[08:48 a.m. ET, 1:48 p.m. local time]: Here's a look at what's coming up: Andrew Lloyd Webber:

[08:45 a.m. ET, 1:45 p.m. local time]: "The good news," says Morgan. "Is the weather is holding...for now." For a recap of when the weather didn't hold, here's what happened on Sunday.

[08:42 a.m. ET, 1:42 p.m. local time]: "It really is a Cinderella moment," says India Hicks, live now on CNN. She was a bridesmaid for Princess Diana.

[08:40 a.m. ET, 1:40 p.m. local time]: While you watch today, tweet using #JubileeCNN and we'll include some of your thoughts in the live blog.

[08:36 a.m. ET, 1:36 p.m. local time]: For those who missed it, here's the details about Prince Philip's hospitalization:

[08:34 a.m. ET, 1:34 p.m. local time]: CNN is playing some highlights of last night's concert. Watch it on TV and read about it here.

[08:32 a.m. ET, 1:32 p.m. local time]: "The concert was great," says Morgan, but "I don't think Prince Philip would have missed that too much." The Queen's husband, Prince Philip, is recovering in the hospital today.

[08:30 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. local time]: While CNN's coverage gets started, watch what has happened already during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities:


Meanwhile, here's co-anchor Brooke Baldwin taking a picture before the broadcast today – of her hungry co-anchor Piers Morgan:

And Piers is ready too!

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  1. Ben

    Very beautiful, carefully arranged, clothing, jewelry, and people.

    One issue….Europe is in deep financial trouble. Have a happy jubilee.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bill

    Queen is a fraud. She has no power and people still like her? Royal faintly is useless.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. pleasingshareman

    Too bad indeed, even with all your continual shilling for the LEFT......Walker wins BIG TIME in Wsiconsin, while you are enjoying jolly OLD ENGLAND. Maybe Maggie Thacther is back for sure !!! The UNION THUGS ARE BROKEN and head home with their tool in their hand !!!

    Long live "RIGHT to WORK" in AMERICA !!!

    America returns to the real people to choose!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lois D

    God Bless the Queen. Sir Paul McCarty I would love to see in concert. Bucket list.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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