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Cars drive over Albert Bridge in London
Cars drive over Albert Bridge in LondonReuters
The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment perform at the Hyde Park Barracks in London March 28, 2012. The Regiment will play a significant role in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Trooping the Colour and the London 2012 Olympics.Reuters
Plunge, a light installation marking where the world's waters may have risen to in a thousand years, by artist Michael Pinsky is seen in London
Plunge, a light installation marking where the world's waters may have risen to in a thousand years, by artist Michael Pinsky is seen in LondonReuters
St Paul's Cathedral is seen during sunrise as pedestrians walk across the Millennium Bridge in the City of London
St Paul's Cathedral is seen during sunrise as pedestrians walk across the Millennium Bridge in the City of LondonReuters
A tourist poses for a photo next to four telephone boxes next to Hyde Park, in central London
A tourist poses for a photo next to four telephone boxes next to Hyde Park, in central LondonReuters
The Queen
Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves the Krishna Avanti School in Edgware, north London March 29, 2012. The visit is part of the Queen's tour of Britain to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.Reuters
The Queen
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at the Krishna Avanti School in Edgware, north London March 29, 2012. The visit is part of the Queen's tour of Britain to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.Reuters
A London taxi makes its way down the Mall in London
A London taxi makes its way down the Mall in LondonReuters
A Soldier from The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
People peer over a fence to watch a soldier from The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment during a riding lesson at the Hyde Park Barracks in London March 28, 2012. The Regiment will play a significant role in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Trooping the Colour and the London 2012 Olympics.Reuters
LOGO FOR LONDON'S 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES BID IS UNVEILED AT TATE MODERN GALLERY IN LONDON.
LOGO FOR LONDON'S 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES BID IS UNVEILED AT TATE MODERN GALLERY IN LONDON.Reuters
Passengers in a pod of the London Eye wheel view The Houses of Parliament and the centre of London at dusk
Passengers in a pod of the London Eye wheel view The Houses of Parliament and the centre of London at duskReuters
The London Bus
One of the more iconic and touristy images of London - the red double-decker bus.Reuters
A police officer watches the crowd in front of Buckingham Palace
A police officer watches the crowd in front of Buckingham PalaceReuters
Hyde Park Barracks
The ceremonial gate is reflected in a drum of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at the Hyde Park Barracks in London March 28, 2012. The Regiment will play a significant role in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Trooping the Colour and the London 2012 Olympics.Reuters
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
An officer stands in front of a horse belonging to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, during a media viewing at Wellington Barracks showing uniforms that will be worn for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, London March 21, 2012.Reuters

London, located on the banks of the Thames River, is often described as one of the more beautiful cities in the world.

All the attention on the city, in recent times, however, has been because of the forthcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Incidentally, not only is London the only city in the UK to have hosted the Olympics, the UK (and the US) is now the only one to have hosted three Olympics Games.

The city is receiving a major facelift, as one would expect, in the run-up to an event where more than 80,000 stadium spectators, 20,000 athletes and team officials and more than 50,000 people from international sports federations, the International Olympic Committee and media houses, in addition to millions of tourists, are expected to flood the country, according to the London Government. The major changes, also according to the government, included upgrading the London Metro and railway networks, as well extending river-based transport services

The Olympics will not be the only major event in town during 2012. Equally important  will be the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Queen. It is an event for which the country has been preparing for some time now, as evinced by the £12 million renovation of Kensington Palace. Furthermore, a parade of events that included a display of royal cars, a tour of Commonwealth countries (by Prince Harry, on the Queen's behalf) and, most recently, a tour of Harrow, Redbridge and Walthamstow, by the Queen herself, have already been completed. There is, of course, more to come. Check out a full plan of events for the Diamond Jubilee here.

Prime Minister David Cameron, in his New Year's messge released on 2 January, was similarly upbeat about the spectacle of a year in which the United Kingdom would present its most royal and fantasticaly spectacular self. He promised Britons a "global drama of the Olympics and glory of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee" in the coming months, according to a Xinhua report.

"This will be the year Britain sees the world and the world sees Britain. It must be the year we go for it - the year the coalition government I lead does everything it takes to get our country up to strength," Cameron was quoted as saying.

Check out the slideshow showing popular landmarks from across the city, in the build-up to the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee and some images of Diamond Jubilee celebrations from earlier this year

This article was updated November 30, -0001 00:00 AM
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