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June 17, 2002
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GOLDEN JUBILEE
London, England

A GIFT OF 'PEARLS' FOR VISITORS TO LONDON IN 2002

Created specially to honor Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, the London String of Pearls Golden Jubilee Festival will offer more than 400 unique and unusual events to be staged from now through December 2002 at over 80 London venues. These 80-plus venues, known as 'Pearls,' are "strung" along the banks of the Thames. During the Festival, the 'Pearls' will be celebrating their royal associations and exploring their place in Britain's social and cultural heritage through unprecendented levels of access, special events, concerts, tours, exhibitions, and children's activities.

Highlights include unlocking, for the first time, the doors of many buildings not normally open to the public including, among others, Marlborough House, The Worshipful Compnay of Innholders, private areas of Westminster Abbey, Mansion House, the entire Old Royal Naval College, the secret gardens of Eton, and Fishmongers Company.

Special tours will offer rare opportunities to see, among others, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Horse Guards, and the Royal Hospital of Chelsea. New exhibits linked to royalty will be held, including "Tiaras" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, "Royal Wedding Dresses" at Kensington Palace, and "Coronation and Commonwealth" at the Public Records Office.

Special concerts and events will include the Greenwich Foundaiton's Golden Summer Ball; free concerts at Lincoln's Inn Chapel by musicians from the Royal College of Music with music drawn from royal dynasties; a re-enactment of the Penn and Mead trial at the Royal Courts of Justice, the trial famous for establishing the rights of jurors; and special perfomances of several Shakespeare plays, such as "The Twelfth Night" in Middle Temple Hall, where the first recorded performance took place.

For more information, please visit http://www.stringofpearls.org.uk, or http://www.londontouristboard.com/goldenjubilee.

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