BBC Russian presents live coverage of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Our aim is to bring our audiences the flavour and the highlights, and the best of BBC coverage of this very British event, in Russian."Sarah Gibson, BBC Russian Editor
Date: 31.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
Category: BBC World News
As Britain prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the BBC Russian website, bbcrussian.com, has launched a special index covering a wide range of themes connected to The Queen and the British monarchy.

The bbcrussian.com coverage of the Diamond Jubilee will include live streaming and commentary of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant festivities on Sunday 3 June and will culminate in live commentary of the royal carriage procession through central London on Tuesday 5 June.

BBC Russian Editor, Sarah Gibson, says: “Knowing the Russian audiences’ interest towards the British traditions in general and the British monarchy in particular, we wanted to make sure that bbcrussian.com – based in London with unrivalled access to BBC material - is their first port of call on everything to do with the Diamond Jubilee. Our aim is to bring our audiences the flavour and the highlights, and the best of BBC coverage of this very British event, in Russian.”

The rich multimedia content on bbcrussian.com offers Russian-speaking online audiences the opportunity to follow the 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II via a photo-gallery of 60 pictures. Users can trace the Windsor dynasty’s family ties with Russia’s Romanovs, find out how much the monarchy costs the British taxpayers and what The Queen’s duties are. The “royal” theme expands to features about the evolution of The Queen’s fashion sense and a story about the popularity of the “royal” corgis.

Interactive content on bbcrussian.com includes the timeline of Queen Elizabeth’s life as well as trivia on 60 facts about The Queen. BBC’s Royal Correspondent, Daniela Relph, will answer the bbcrussian.com users’ questions about the British monarchy.

The Diamond Jubilee has also given the BBC Russian journalists an opportunity to contemplate wider issues surrounding The Queen and the British monarchy: how the world has changed over the past 60 years, The Queen’s image in films, and the Royal Family as the object of tabloid gossip.

From 16.00 to 17.30 BST (19.00 to 20.30 Moscow Time) on Sunday 3 June, BBC Russian presenters Nastya Uspenskaya and Dmitry Poltavsky will commentate on the live streaming of the boats procession as part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrations.

Between 14.15 and 15.30 BST (17.15 and 18.30 Moscow Time) on Tuesday 5 June, the final day of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, bbcrussian.com will offer live streaming and commentary of the carriage procession across central London. Presenters, Seva Novgorodsev and Nastya Uspenskaya, will deliver minute-by-minute commentary as The Queen and senior members of the Royal Family will travel in a formal carriage procession from Westminster Palace to Buckingham Palace. As they commentate on the pageantry of both events, Nastya, Dmitry and Seva will be joined by guests and experts.

The BBC Russian website, bbcrussian.com, offers news and information in text, audio and video and can also be accessed via mobile phones. Russian-speaking iPhone and iPod touch users also have instant access to the latest news from the BBC by downloading the new BBC Russian App.

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