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Britain gets ready for the Jubilee

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Britain is getting ready for the Queens Diamond Jubilee that will be happening this weekend with a host of different events all around the UK. 

Many people will be planning their very own street party, but with only a few days left to prepare if they haven’t already applied for their permit they won’t be able to hold their own party if a permit is needed.

The tradition of a street party dates back to when Queen Victoria was in reign who at the time was the only British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. Queen Victoria asked her daughter Princess Alexandra to hold the biggest lunch there could be to feed the poor that lived in London.

Whether the party is in a street, church hall or garden, most of the UK will be celebrating with traditional British food and drink. Most parties will take place throughout the bank holiday weekend with many being organised to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee Pageant and The Big Jubilee Launch.

According to the Local Government Association, 6,500 applications have been made across 275 councils to apply for the permission to close certain roads and to have parties if a permit is needed. It has been reported that 10,000 street parties have been organised to mark the iconic occasion. Major roads are also expected to be closed to allow communities to celebrate the event.

The street parties are expected to beat the number of parties that were held last year for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Famously Prime Minister David Cameron threw an outdoor party at Downing Street to celebrate the wedding.

Some are hitting out at reasoning behind people needing to apply for a permit to hold a party. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The only red tape in sight should be the Jubilee bunting hanging in the streets.

“The Jubilee is a great opportunity for communities from all walks of life to come together, reinforce our shared identity and sense of being British.”

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By Amanda Bainbridge