American TV guide:
.....And the Thames River pageant: A flotilla of 1,000 ships makes its way from Putney east to Tower Bridge. The queen and most of the royal family, including Will and Kate, will be on The Spirit of Chartwell, a luxury river cruiser redecorated in antique style and equipped with tiny robotic cameras operated by the BBC. The pageant has "really caught the popular mood," says pageant master Adrian Evans, who came up with the idea and spent two years organizing it. "It's a one-off event, very unlikely to be done again, and people will say, 'I just have to be there.' "
Monday's Diamond Jubilee Concert, from which excerpts will be broadcast on the American broadcast and cable news networks. Fans in the U.S. won't get to see substantial portions of the performances by Sir Elton John and others, though, until ABC-TV airs them Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.
The diamond jubilee is going to be everywhere this weekend – the shops will be covered in Union Jacks, there'll easily be enough bunting to garrotte the entire population twice, and television will be rammed with it. However, it won't be entirely impossible to avoid. So allow me to present two bank holiday TV guides, one for royalists and one for republicans...