Royal events to mark U.K. queen's golden jubilee

NEW YORK -- The year 2002 is the Golden Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II, marking 50 years since she acended the British throne and offering some opportunities for clients to see her at celebratory events.

To date, many details of those events are not final, but the details of her annual birthday celebration are available -- and carry a deadline for action if clients want to attend ceremonies.

On June 15, the official birth date, the queen will travel from Buckingham Palace at around 10:40 a.m. down the Mall to the Horse Guard Parade for the "Trooping the Colour" ceremony and will return in time to stand on the palace balcony at 1 p.m. for a Royal Air Force flyby.

People line the Mall for the processions and to catch a glimpse of her majesty, but there also are tickets (costing about $22) to the ceremonies on a ballot basis.

Apply by mail before Feb. 28 and, from overseas, enclose international reply coupons to get a response by mail. The address is The Brigade Major (Trooping the Colour), Headquarters Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX.

Details on 2002 Jubilee events will follow in upcoming issues of Travel Weekly.

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