Diamond memories: Highlights of the Queen's momentous year

From exotic tours abroad – read the Cambridges roaming the jungle of Borneo – to the magnificent Thames Pageant and the regal finale on the Buckingham Palace balcony, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has left memories that will be cherished for years to come.

2012 had it all; tradition, modernity, fun and reflection. This mix was a perfect representation of the monarchy as it stands today – younger generations democratising the institution established by their elders.


Things really got going during the first weekend of June when millions lined the streets to take part in four days of buoyant celebrations. Elegant soprano Katherine Jenkins kicked off proceedings with an emotional rendition of God Save the Queen at the Derby, and the smile on the Queen's face as she followed those races only widened in the following days as she watched her subjects joyfully mark her 60-year reign.

Not even the soggy British weather could put a dampner on the fun as the nation's matriarch celebrated a remarkable achievement with her public. 

Just when the year was drawing to a close, William and Kate put the icing on the cake. The couple's news of a royal pregnancy means that 2013, the Queen's 61st year on the throne, promises to continue the jubilation.

In this special report, HELLO! Online revisits highlights of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year and celebrates the best moments that made history – and sealed a legacy.