For the past three days, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee had been ramping up for a spectacular musical event to honor her 60 years atop of the British throne. Pop royalty including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Elton John entertained the Queen along with 10,000 ticket-holders who were lucky enough to watch the performances live on a circular stage.
Britain continued celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II Monday ahead of the Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace Concert. Hundreds of thousands turned out, wearing masks of the Royal Family, waving Union Jack flags, and cheering — nothing short of a British-style tailgating party before the main event. Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Kylie Minogue were among performers at the concert that honored the 86-year-old queen.
The River Thames in London was a spectacular sight on Sunday with an extravaganza of steam boats, tugs, speed boats and historic vessels as part of festivities for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen joined the armada of 1,000 boats in a gilded royal barge as revelers braved the rainy weather to help celebrate the occasion by waving flags, popping bottles of champagne and cheering.
The 86-year-old queen celebrates her 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952. She is the second-longest serving monarch. According to Reuters, only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more: Victoria (63 years), George III (59 years), Henry III (56 years), Edward III (50 years), and James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years).
Fifteen Chinese couples traveled to Fuessen, Germany to repeat their vows of marriage at the historic Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The couples had originally been married in China.
Go ahead. Bookmark this page now, and file it under “Trips I’d like to take one day.” But I’ll save you the trouble of thinking about it. Here’s why…
Baltimore couple Scott and Pam Gorsuch traveled from Shanghai to Ho Chi Minh City this spring, March 27 through April 17. The trip took them from big cities to rural towns, beaches and jungles, bringing the pair in contact with colorful souls and exotic local cuisines. Scott Gorsuch shares photos and details of the trip with The Darkroom, answering questions over email.
Today’s presidential election in Egypt is one of happiness and uncertainty for the Egyptian people who will freely cast their vote, in what some are calling the first day in the post-pharaoh era. The journey to the polls has been rife with violence since the February 11, 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s autocratic leader for that past 30 years. One of the 13 candidates on the ballot will assume power on July 1 from the military council, which has been overseeing the tumultuous political transition thus far.
The following photo series traces back to the beginning of the political uprising and ends with today’s new beginning set in motion by 50 million eligible Egyptian voters.
The western region of the United States and other countries along the Pacific rim caught a glimpse of the first solar eclipse of the year on Sunday. While, 2011 saw a handful of partial solar eclipses, spectators got to see what’s called an annular eclipse, or a so-called “ring of fire.” This occurs when the moon, appearing slightly smaller than the sun, passes before it to create an annulus, or ring, in the sky.
Twin blasts by suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded hundreds of others on Thursday in Damascus during morning rush hour traffic, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency. The UN observer chief appealed for help to put an end to the bloodshed that has ravaged the country of Syria.
After Adolf Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945, the occupying German armies began surrendering in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ultimately, Germany signed an unconditional surrender, signaling the defeat of the Nazi Germany regime. VE Day (Victory in Europe) is commonly celebrated on May 8, while the countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate the day on May 9.
The following compilation includes scenes from, and revolving around, Victory Day across the ocean.