Brits have been enjoying a four-day public holiday since Saturday (02Jun12) to attend a series of events marking the monarch's 60 years on the throne, including a record-breaking 1,000-boat flotilla along the River Thames on Sunday (03Jun12) and a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night (04Jun12).
The jubilee comes to an end on Tuesday, and the Queen repaid the support of her loyal subjects with an open-top carriage procession through the streets of the capital.
After attending a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, the monarch hosted a special lunch at the Palace of Westminster with her family and various dignitaries before boarding the 1902 State Landau carriage with her son Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Flanked by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and followed by a second State Landau carrying Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the parade weaved through the heart of London as thousands of cheering, flag-waving members of the public lined the streets.
The Queen smiled and waved at onlookers as the procession sped along The Mall and into Buckingham Palace, where the monarch then greeted the crowds from the royal balcony and watched a military flypast in her honour.
The Diamond Jubilee has been tinged with sadness since the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, was forced to miss the final celebrations after being hospitalised with a bladder infection on Monday.
The British monarch, 86, stepped onboard the the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, her son and heir Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his children Princes William and Harry to greet more than one million revellers who braved the wind and rain and lined the Embankment eager to catch a glimpse of the royal party.
Prince Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress and matching hat - were also onboard as the barge sailed down the Thames, leading the majestic flotilla through the heart of the British capital.
Prince William's in-laws followed on a steamer boat as Catherine's siblings James and Pippa Middleton beamed and waved to fans along the journey.
The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant was the largest public event in the four days of celebrations over the long weekend (02-05Jun) to mark The Queen's 60 years on the throne.
A star-studded outdoor concert is due to take place on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Monday (04Jun12), with performances by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order. Prince Charles' wife was made a Dame Grand Cross on Monday (09Apr12) - her seventh wedding anniversary with the royal.
British royal Prince Charles and his wife have been touring Scandinavia, and Camilla took the opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes of the show.
She was greeted on set by actress Sofie Grabol, and wore headphones as she saw a scene being filmed via a monitor, according to the Associated Press.
It was the second time in two days Grabol met Camilla - they were both guests at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen on Monday night (26Mar12).
Speaking about the evening, Grabol says, "It's a little bit fun, and really unexpected that they're fans. It's the ultimate proof that the series reaches a broad audience, both high and low."
Bradley Cooper was to lead the cast as Lucifer in the Biblical tale, but Legendary Pictures bosses have axed the film over costing concerns.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, studio bosses feared the $120 million (£75 million) budget would not cover the special effects technology required to bring the epic to the big screen.
Djimon Hounsou, Casey Affleck, Camilla Belle and Rufus Sewell were all set to star in director Alex Proyas' movie.
The prince and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall led the global celebrations to mark Dickens' 1812 birth at the U.K. capital's Westminster Abbey, and also stopped by the Charles Dickens Museum.
Anderson, who played Miss Havisham in a recent BBC adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations, gave a private reading for the royal visitors - and was delighted with her audience's reaction.
She says, "I was very impressed by how relaxed and how much fun they are. They're very funny and like to have a joke."
Fiennes read from Dickens' Bleak House.
A service honouring the author also took place in Portsmouth, south England - where he was born - and featured readings by actor Simon Callow and actress Sheila Hancock.
The news comes just hours after Life & Style magazine revealed the Alfie star is pregnant.
A source now tells the publication, "They're engaged and really happy. Her family is happy, as they absolutely adore Tom.
"He proposed to Sienna during their romantic trip to Paris after Christmas. He filled their hotel suite at the Ritz with flowers and presented her with a vintage Victorian ring. It was incredibly romantic (and) she was blown away."
Miller had a seven-year on/off romance with actor Jude Law, which ended for good last year (11). Sturridge has been linked to actresses Camilla Belle and Carey Mulligan.
The couple is expecting its first child in June (12).
Publicists for both Miller and Sturridge have yet to confirm the the reports the pair is set to wed, but the actress' sister Savannah appears to have confirmed the star is pregnant.
When a fan reached out to Miller's sibling on Twitter.com on Friday (06Jan12), with the message, "no greater feeling than welcoming a new life into the world in the comfort of home," Savannah thanked her for her well wishes.
Queen Elizabeth II's 90-year-old husband was airlifted by helicopter from Sandringham Palace to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England on Friday night (22Dec11) after complaining about chest pains.
The Duke of Edinburgh was fitted with a coronary stent during the "minimally invasive" operation.
The Queen, 85, visited the Duke in hospital early on Saturday (24Dec11), accompanied by their daughter Princess Anne, and sons Princes Edward and Andrew.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived at Papworth Hospital for a separate visit shortly afterwards.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Buckingham Palace spokeswoman Ailsa Anderson said, "The Duke of Edinburgh had a good night and is in good spirits but he is eager to leave.
"Sunday's church service is going ahead as planned and we don't anticipate changes to the Royal Family's Christmas celebrations."
The Royal Family traditionally gather to celebrate the festive holiday at Sandringham Palace, where they attended a service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day (25Dec11).
But there was one notable absence at the dinner table as Prince Philip, who traditionally leads the Sandringham shoot on Boxing Day (26Dec11), remained under doctors' care over the Christmas weekend (24-25Dec11).
The former Top of the Pops presenter passed away at his home in Leeds, England.
The U.K.'s Sky News reports police were called to the property on Saturday (29Oct11). The cause of Savile's death is currently not known but officers are not treating it as suspicious.
The news comes just two days before what would have been Savile's 85th birthday on Monday (31Oct11).
His DJ friend Dave Lee Travis paid tribute to the star, telling Sky News, "It's a shock. I guess you get to a certain age and you watch people getting older, but with Jim, you couldn't anticipate that he wasn't going to be around... He was one of the first DJs that actually became a personality... He was a slightly tormented soul; he had a lot on his plate. He was outrageously fit for his age... going running and stuff, doing what he did for charity."
Savile started his career working in a coal mine as a teenager, but went on to become a successful DJ and TV presenter.
He was the first host of legendary British music show Top of the Pops and had a long career in radio, but he will perhaps be best remembered for his beloved TV programme Jim'll Fix It, which saw him make viewers' wishes come true.
He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971, and he received a knighthood in 1990.
A number of other stars have also paid their respects to Savile.
Comedian Ricky Gervais writes on his Twitter.com page, "RIP Jimmy Saville My first guest on my first TV Show. A proper British eccentric."
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins adds, "Sad news Jimmy Saville has passed away. My sis & I always wanted a Jim'll Fix it Badge/Medal. Loved that show. Great memories."
A spokesperson for British royal Charles, Prince Of Wales and his wife Camilla says, "The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile's death and their thoughts are with his family at this time."
The comedienne was visiting the prince at his Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire, west England, when she asked if she could dispose of some of her best friend Tommy's cremated remains in the grounds of the estate - and was stunned when the British royal agreed.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "Prince Charles allowed it. I was at Highgrove and I said that my friend Tommy had died, and I said, 'May I scatter some of his ashes in the garden?'. He was in shock, but he said, 'Certainly.' I had them in a bag so Tommy is now scattered there."
Rivers has been friends with the heir to the British throne for years, and attended his wedding to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005.