What to watch this Diamond Jubilee weekend

Get your PVRs ready: networks will be flooding their schedules with regal festivities

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The four-day weekend launching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations is packed with festivities in London and around the world. And that means television networks, especially the big American ones, are flooding their schedules with all things Windsor, royal and British. This is the bare backbone of a viewing schedule for Canadians, including the timing released by the royal household and CBC. Be prepared to spend a lot of timing PVR’ing programs as some events, like the Monday concert at Buckingham Palace, won’t be available live in all areas. (CBC is showing the concert on Tuesday night.)

Saturday June 2
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby 

Sunday, June 3: Thames Flotilla

9 a.m. ET: CBC News Network and 9:30 a.m. on the main network 

9:30 a.m. ET: The Queen embarks the Royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, near Albert Bridge

11:15 a.m. ET: The Royal Barge comes alongside HMS President (Royal Naval Reserve Unit), near Tower Bridge

Diamond Queen, an intimate, three-part look at The Queen’s life and reign through the eyes of Prince William and other family airs on CBC News Network. Part 1 airs at 6 and 10 p.m. ET, Part 2 airs at 8 and 11 p.m. ET, and Part 3 airs at 1 a.m. ET.

Monday, June 4

2:30 p.m. ET: Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace begins

After 6:30 p.m. ET: The Queen lights the National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace 

Tuesday, June 5:

4:30 a.m. ET: on both CBC networks. The Queen and other members of the royal family will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. This will be followed by the processional route by carriage through the streets of London to Buckingham Palace, followed by a balcony appearance by the royal ramily and a Royal Air Force fly-past.

5:15 a.m. ET: The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace by car

5:30-6:30 a.m. ET: Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s

7:30: a.m. ET: The Queen travels by car from Mansion House to the Palace of Westminster

9:20 a.m. ET: Carriage Procession from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace commences

Approx. 10:25 a.m. ET: royal family appear on the Balcony at Buckingham Palace  

7 p.m. CBC main network: The Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, attended by the royal family.