ITV Reunites Julie Etchingham And Phillip Schofield To Host Live Diamond Jubilee Coverage

ITV today announces plans to broadcast continuous, comprehensive live coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday 5th June.

ITV News at Ten’s Julie Etchingham and ITV’s Phillip Schofield will reunite, following the acclaimed Royal Wedding programme last year, to host ITV’s coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession on Tuesday 5th June, live from a specially constructed studio at Buckingham Palace.

An experienced line up of ITV1’s presenters and reporters including Alastair Stewart, Mary Nightingale, Mark Austin, Nina Hossain and Natasha Kaplinsky will be based at key procession points on the way from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall to the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s, reporting live as the nation celebrates sixty years of our Monarch on the throne. James Mates will lead the ceremonial commentary of events.

Build up to the day of celebrations will start early in the morning on Daybreak, with ITV1’s live coverage beginning directly after at 08.30, and continuing right through to 16.00 that afternoon.

Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News & Current Affairs said: “ITV will give viewers a close-up view on a great day of national celebration. We’ll aim to capture the national mood as millions of people across the country toast the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne. People enjoyed our coverage of the Royal Wedding and we hope they’ll join ITV again for the Diamond Jubilee procession and service of thanksgiving.”

The live coverage will be produced by ITN. Jonathan Munro, Director of Newsgathering and Deputy Editor of ITV News said:

“This is the first Diamond Jubilee of the television era. It means that the nation’s celebrations can be enjoyed wherever you are, as never before. We’ll work hard to make sure the ITV programme provides the very best coverage of a truly special day.”

As part of the channel’s plans to celebrate 60 years of our Monarch’s reign, ITV1 has commissioned unique documentaries on Her Majesty, to air in early June.

Presented by Alan Titchmarsh, Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother is a truly intimate portrait of The Queen by those closest to her. The Duke of Cambridge speaks of a woman who is “Grandmother first, Queen second”. The Duke of York and The Princess Royal share what it was like to grow up “above the shop” at Buckingham Palace, with a mother juggling the pressures of a big job and a young family. Never before seen private archive of The Queen as a little girl and rare access to letters between the newly married Elizabeth, her bridegroom Prince Philip and The Queen Mother reveal the love, affection and tenderness then – and now – at the heart of this most eminent of families.

Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother is an ITN programme for ITV1. Executive Producer Deborah Turness said: “Viewers will be surprised at the openness and intimacy in our film. Beyond the ceremony and formality, the Royal Family is like any other, and we were privileged to be granted this rare opportunity to see inside it.”

ITV1 will also air another documentary The Queen & I and entertainment spectacular All The Queen’s Horses: A Diamond Jubilee Special (Spun Gold TV). For details on these productions, please visit the ITV website.

Throughout the weekend of the Diamond Jubilee, itv.com/ news is offering non-stop online coverage. On the site, there will be a picture rich live stream of events as they happen, with all the best video and images of the celebrations. Plus there will be full background to the weekend with guides on what’s happening, the best places to be, and a celebration of The Queen’s life so far.

Viewers will be invited to send in pictures of their street parties across the nation and the photos will be uploaded to the site. All the key moments of the weekend will be available online, allowing people to relive their favourite events. ITV’s social media team will be tweeting throughout @itvnews.

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