Sophie sings out for Jubilee

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Singer Sophie Hiller will share the stage with Sir Tom Jones as he serenades the Queen at the BBC Jubilee concert next Monday.

The 21-year-old from Barnet has toured as one of the pop star’s two backing singers for two years, belting out hits like It’s Not Unusual and What’s New Pussycat across the US and Europe.


Diamond day was a jewel in the crown for the Goldsmiths

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

For the Jews of 19th century Britain, the Diamond Jubilee offered a chance to express appreciation for the rights and privileges bestowed upon the community in the 60 years since Queen Victoria’s accession.


Jubilee recipe: salsa verde Jersey Royals

By Victoria Prever, May 31, 2012

Royals are the kings of new potatoes. They are nearing the end of their short season so they will now be larger but more flavourful than those harvested in early April.

Try to choose potatoes of equal size so they take the same time to cook. If they are on the large side, slice them after cooking so they don’t absorb too much water.

Serves 8 as a side dish



A British cuppa makes a historic link between our two jubilees

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

When Queen Victoria marked her 60 years on the throne in 1897, a Leeds tailor was the recipient of a special memento from his employees to honour his anti-exploitation work on their behalf.

David Lubelski was given a magnificent silver tea service, only days after Queen Victoria celebrated her jubilee.


"We should not forget the man who supports the monarch"

By Rabbi Jonathan Romain, May 31, 2012

While everyone is praising the Queen for both her longevity on the throne and impeccable sense of duty, it is worth remembering that Prince Philip has also broken royal records, not to mention his Jewish connections.


Jubilee recipe: Diamond Jubilee chicken

By Denise Phillips, May 31, 2012

I have included the colours red, white and blue with red apples, chicken and blueberries to elevate the culinary experience to a royal one. The ingredients make the dish an ideal buffet main course.

Preparation time: 25 minutes plus 15 minutes cooling

Cooking time: 2 hours

Serves 8-10


1 chicken (2.5kg) or 6 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts


Composing the water music for the Jubilee barge

By Debbie Wiseman, May 31, 2012

Last October, an unexpected gem of an email arrived. It was from Gavin Greenaway, the musical director of one of the music herald barges for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant, asking if I’d be interested in writing a new piece for the Pageant.


Safe as Sterling, the Royal barge will be all shipshape

By Simon Round, May 31, 2012

This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather by the banks of the Thames for a spectacular pageant led by the first royal barge to be commissioned for more than a century.


Jubilee Hour marks 60 years of royal service

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Families and charities across Britain will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by undertaking an hour of voluntary work in recognition of Her Majesty’s six decades of service.

The Jubilee Hour encourages participants to give 60 minutes of their time to charitable work.


Jubilee recipe: Pimms jelly

By Lisa Roukin, May 31, 2012

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 8 minutes

Setting time: 6-8 hours, preferably overnight

Serves 8 (in 8 wine glasses or 1 large mould)


3 x 330ml cans of lemonade

330ml Pimms No 1

5 mint sprigs

1 large orange

175g (8) strawberries, cut into small cubes

¼ cucumber, deseeded, cut into small cubes

2 white nectarines, cut into small cubes