Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee: How the UK Celebrates its Unprecedented Anniversary


Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee promises a busy year with many ways to celebrate the unprecedented 70 years on the British throne.

In a statement released on Sunday, Buckingham Palace has laid out plans for a number of major events in 2022 to honor the long-standing queen who is set to enter the 96th year of April 21st.

The elaborate plans, some of which are set to welcome thousands of guests, were promoted weeks after the Queen was forced to measure her family’s annual Christmas celebrations due to rising COVID-19 cases. Queen Elizabeth, whose husband, Prince Philip, died in April at the age of 99, has also seen her own share of health, including hospitalization in October last year and avoiding events the following month.

On February 6, the matriarch will officially serve as Queen for 70 years, the longest reign of a British monarch. The queen’s reign began on the same day in 1952 with the death of her father, King George VI. On June 2, 1953, he was formally crowned.

Here’s how royal fans can tune in and participate in festivals:

More:Queen Elizabeth II pays tribute to Prince Philip at the first Christmas speech without him

May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration

The 90-minute arena theater show will feature more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers and will “take audiences through the history of Elizabeth I to the present day,” Palace said.

Four day UK bank holiday weekend in June

Over the course of four days, the UK Government celebrates 70 years of service to the Queen with public events, community activities and national moments of reflection.

June 2: Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Procession

The first of several events held that holiday weekend: Trooping the Color, the Queen’s annual ceremonial birthday parade. This is the first full forum of the event, which has more than 1,200 officers and soldiers since the start of the epidemic. Tickets will be available to the public.

On June 2, more than 1,500 towns, villages and cities across the UK and its territories will light the way to mark Jubilee. Beacons are placed in the capital cities, led by the main lighthouse at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Dynasty with Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 9, 2018, at the conclusion of the annual Trooping the Color Parade.

June 3: Thanksgiving service

A thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the reign of the Queen.

June 4: BBC Platinum Party at the Palace

There will also be a live concert billed as “Platinum Party at the Palace,” which the government says will not recognize “the world’s biggest entertainment stars.”

Beginning in February, UK residents are invited to apply for tickets, of which the palace says “thousands”. Members of the public will be able to watch the concert live at the Royal Parkland at the Royal Sandringham Estate in East England, where the royal family usually celebrates Christmas.

June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch and Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Lunch events, known as “Big Jubilee Lunches”, are held across the country, including major events in London and Cornwall. An estimated 200,000 neighborhood events are expected across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

On the same day, the queen’s reign is said to be “awe-inspiring festival of creativity,” in which art performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, leading activists and volunteers combine street art, theater, music, circus, costumes. And visual technology, Palace said.

Part of the competition, dubbed “The River of Hope”, depicts 200 silk flags on The Mall, the road between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square in London. Elementary and high school students are invited to submit designs for flags that focus on climate change and their hopes for the future.

More:Queen Elizabeth II called the leaders’ lack of action on climate change ‘an embarrassment’.

July: Royal Collection Trust

The three main occasions of the queen’s reign – admission, coronation and jubilee – will be honored with performances at official royal residences beginning in July.

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms showcases the portraits of the Queen of 1953 and 1956, taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding, as well as the ornaments she wears on each.

Windsor Castle hosts a coronation ceremony and the robe of estate the Queen wore for her 1953 coronation.

The Holyrood House Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland, features the queen that she has worn for her previous Jubilee events: silver (25 years), gold (50) and diamond (60).

Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey, London.

A great British bake-off kind, and more lasting initiatives

All fans of “The Great British Baking Show” are invited: a contest dubbed “The Platinum Pudding Contest” invites bakers aged 8 and over to submit a new pudding recipe dedicated to the Queen. (In the UK, dessert pudding refers to a dessert dish with a starch or dairy base, such as bread pudding, plum pudding or tapioca pudding; custard-like desserts are not always familiar to Americans.)

Five finalists prepare their dishes for a jury panel consisting of “Great British Baking Show” judge Mary Berry, BBC’s “MasterChef: The Professionals” judges Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace chef Mark Flanagan. The winning recipe will be served at the Jubilee weekend at a large Jubilee meal and shared with the public.

Dynastic relationship: Queen Elizabeth II and her successors Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George make Christmas pudding

Another initiative aims to create a lasting legacy: more than 60,000 trees have already been planted in the UK as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project, which invites communities to “plant a tree for the Jubilee”.

Each tree is recorded on a digital map, which the palace says will be given to the Queen at the end of the Jayanti year. The project is scheduled to continue until March 2023.

Contribution: Associated Press

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