June 1st, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in the U.S.?

Across the United Kingdom this weekend, revelry will be in full swing for the Diamond Jubilee, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

From big events like the Diamond Jubilee Concert, featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John, to communities across the nation sharing lunches or picnics with their neighbors for the Big Jubilee Lunch, festivities will run from Saturday to Tuesday.

CNN's Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin and CNN International will have live coverage of the main events.

If you're going, we'd love for you to share your experience with us on iReport! Several folks have already shared their stories and photos with us, from working for Queen Elizabeth to meeting her at age 9.

But if you're not able to attend this most royal shindig because you're an expat, we'd like to know what you're doing for the big weekend. Perhaps you're gathering with fellow expats in your community to watch the festivities or enjoy a taste of home. Maybe a pick-up game of rugby or football is in order.

What makes you think of home, and how are you celebrating the Diamond Jubilee? What are some of the traditions you've brought along with you? And why does the Diamond Jubilee matter to you?

Share with us in the comments below. Cheers!

See all of our coverage of the Diamond Jubilee on CNN.com

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I "know" what it means to be poor. So, don't even go there.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Where is the commemorative plate?

    June 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ExPat in South Carolina

    I don't expect Americans to understand but for a country with a Royal Family, it's not about the money. It's something so much more. This amazing, wonderful, gracious lady has given exponentially more to the British Empire than she has ever recieved. Perhaps if America had a fine example at its head instead of the corrupt, out of touch politicians currently running this country, America wouldn't be sliding so fast.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Oh...I must have missed it but I don't think Britain has been the bastion of wealth and power for the past 60 years. Perhaps just having a royal family gives Britons the illusion.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • rstlne

      Unfortunately for you, the Queen does not run your country. And BTW, you have had your own share of corrupt politicians!

      June 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobNC

      If America is sliding so fast, Pack your gear and head to Great Britian their ecomony is doing so well. Prince Charles is wonderful guy, NO American don't have or want Royal Families and that why we kick their ass out.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy O

      For any American that thinks royalty and privilege by way of birth is cool I say you are betraying the very reason America was created. NO person is by law above all others. The UK can have its traditions and perhaps a nation that is so obsessed with a class system from the dark ages need a figure head that acts as a cork in a bottle of "mind your place". I will continue to believe in the proven American way that those that are clever and industrious will succeed and no matter who their parents are.

      June 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sara

    I never thought I'd be saying this, but I'll take the Queen and the British royal family over our "ruling class" (Barry Obummer, the Mooch and Congress) any day. Here's to my naive hope that they are all thrown out in November and that we get some people in who understand that they are public servants, not our masters.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • rstlne

      If you are expecting Mitt Romney and the GOP to suddenly realize they are public servants, I believe you are in for a rude awakening. Did you not see how the Republicans in Congress have behaved these past 3+ years? Really?

      June 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy O

      perhaps you would be prefer the return to serfdom? The UK has a parliament and a prime minister in case you did not know that. That old queen is there to remind everyone that then will never reach the top unless she pooped them out.

      June 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @49. Scottish Mama
    June 1st, 2012 2:48 pm ET
    Where is the commemorative plate?
    It's in her mouth.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Girl Hitler

    Economy everywhere is crapping out. Riots, collapse, massive wealth inequality. Sounds like a fine time to celebrate, at least if you're one of the landed elite who worries and wants for nothing. Bollocks for the queen.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. heretic2go

    Royalty is an anachronism and an obscenity.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daisy

    It's a marketing strategy. It boosted the morale of the government, country, the people and the Queen. I'm happy for them.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    I don't understand why the USA cares about the royal family. Isn't that why we moved to the United States to begin with? To get away from Kings & Queens. Who cares about the royal family and their weddings and stupid shindigs. What a waste of time and money!!!!!

    June 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rftallent

      I think it's wonderful to see a country come together in celebration. It reminds me of our bi-centennial. Too bad we don't have much to celebrate these days.

      June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The British monarchy is a wonderful insti-
    The limited persons posting here against royalty would do well to learn from the Queen instead of criticising.
    Long live the Queen.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. harrisonhits2

    The UK has cut everything from educational subsidies to those of the elderly and single Moms, yet they'll waste millions of pounds celebrating this parasitic drone. What a disgusting use of public funds.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rodney Gross

    CNN is bigoted and secularist pawns! They should be ashamed of themselves.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Russ

    Your monarchy is just for entertainment, and has no power, so you like them. If they did have real power, they would abuse it, and there would be people unjustly executed and put in jail. So no, I'm not jealous that you have a monarchy.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Roger

    60 years on the throne? My wife used to get upset if I spent 15 minutes on the throne, and the stink was pretty bad, too.

    June 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gunflash

    This will be a great weekend for one and all,lots of street partys,pubs will be packed and it will lift the British public.Regards the economy,there will be a large influx of money through tourism,hotels will be packed a long with restaurants and pubs and people who enjoy watching the pagentry and horse gaurds etc will have a great day out.
    Regards comparing it with the USA and England and the haves and have nots there is no difference,over here the 1% control USA through lobbying and controlling what ever they like through power just the same as the UK so voting people in to help is just a big game at both ends with lots of promises but goverments that cannot deliver.
    Obama cannot put any of his ideas through as the Republicans vote any good idea out and could not care less what happens to Joe public so the goverment here is NOT working.
    Regards the Queen she is not allowed to get involved in politics and is just a figure head and brings a bunch of money through tourism and also through visiting other countries and acting as an ambassador for the UK a long with the rest of royalty.
    With that I will celebrate by watching England vs Belguim in a footie game on Sat and serve baked beans on toast to all my visiting mates!!

    June 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
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