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Volunteers turn out for right Royal party

1 June 2012

Thousands of people are expected to descend on London for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – and the Red Cross will be right in the thick of it, keeping people safe.

Sixty years ago, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers helped celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And we’ll be there again this month, providing first aid cover as royal well-wishers gather in London to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Event first aid volunteers will be keeping a watchful eye on the crowds at occasions all across the capital over the Bank Holiday weekend – and there are plenty of highlights to cover. 

Royal spectacle

On Sunday 3 June, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will lead a flotilla of more 1,000 boats up the River Thames on the royal barge. As tens of thousands gather to witness the spectacle, a team of 80 volunteers – equipped with eight ambulances and six cycle response units – will be working alongside St John Ambulance to provide first aid cover on the north bank of the river.

On Monday 4 June, volunteers will once more be in action at a picnic in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. The event comes just hours before a star-studded Jubilee concert at the palace with acts including Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams and Jessie J.

‘Safe day out’

Finally, volunteers will be keeping the crowds safe on 5 June as well-wishers gather to watch the Royal Family’s carriage procession from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul’s Cathedral for a thanksgiving service. Our support along the route will include a treatment post in Parliament Square.

Adam Hiley, emergency planning officer, said: "Our volunteers are very glad to be carrying out first aid duties at so many Jubilee events. Given our volunteers were on duty at the coronation in 1953, it's great that we’re involved again at these celebrations. We'll be on hand to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day out."

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