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. dazzle ©

    I am glad I am up early to see this.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    and the next one will be......

    June 5, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rana

    Congratulations to the Queen and the great citizens. Dear Queen, You have enjoyed being queen and all the blessings for many many years. Don't you think it's time for you to return the Kohinoor diamond and many other precious artifacts you took from India? Yes, please please return them to us asap. Thanks

    June 5, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave R.

    hope you watched jon stewart's evisceration of your miserable, self-aggrandizing coverage where one commentator complained about "competing" with choral music which we much rather have heard – especially telling was stewart's comment about your oohing and aahing about the barge's 360 degree turn – listen, you can learn , too

    June 5, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Rana
    I'm sure all those baubbles glittering on her crown and elsewhere must have been a painful reminder to all Indians of the 'great loot'.
    Sorry but your plea , not the first one would evoke laughs at the most.
    good morning all.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Rana

      No, we are not pained, we feel contempt. Stolen gems do not add to her dignity. It cheapens her. I must add, we Indians do admire and love Britain. You don't need those gems, you are great without them. Just return them.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    The British ruled the Indian sub-continent from 1858-1947 when Gandhi ( who Churchil called 'half naked fakir') kicked them out.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deborah Mokler

    Congratulations to the queen.....but I can't belive she would allow a "BANG TAIL" to ride in that carridge with her! not since Ann Bowlen has the monarchy disgraced themselves! I love the Queen and most of her family, however I am completly discussed with Charles. I guess the Bowles finally made it in after all these centuries. HIP HIP HORRAY Long live the Queen and my deepest regards to Prince Phillip.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carole

    Camilla does Not rate to sit next to the Queen...! and her huge hat blocked the view of the Queen from that side of the blvd...Best Wishes for the Prince & speedy recovery.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Candy

    Pierce isn't allowing anyone to talk... during the boat show he won't even stop to allow us to listen to the music. Poor Brook couldn't say a word. Today he asks the questions to the guests and he responds. Someone shake him pleaseeeeeee

    June 5, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. David Amaku

    nice to see the English in their best, i wish the slavery practiced by them is also given this recognition to at list compensate the Africans for the suffering their ancestors suffered in their hands

    June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Naseer mohammed

    Hmmmm pls gives us the story of queen of england

    June 5, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. lee

    It's a good thing that she is celebrating.but all i;ll say is that they should remember the poor around while doing that.Although i know the queen to be the very generous woman.i pray her generosity be seen more this period.thanks

    June 5, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joyce

    Queen disgraced the crown by allowing a known harlot ride in the Queen's Carriage. Prince Charles is not a good example either!

    June 5, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides
    to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides
    to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

    Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and
    says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"

    "Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?")
    "You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her.
    "I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading."
    "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start
    at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

    "If you do that, I'll have to charge you with se xual assault," says the woman.

    "But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.
    "That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."
    "Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.

    MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Some writers here have asked that the Queen return the Kohinoor Diamond to its source in India. That would be terrible, as the Kohinoor has long been established as part of Great Britain's crown jewels.
    Next, someone will be wanting to return the Cullinan I and the Cullinan II to Africa.

    June 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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