Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: All About The Huge 4-Day Celebration

This year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from June 2 to Sunday 5th June.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: All About The Huge 4-Day Celebration

The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

Thursday (June 2)

More than 1,200 soldiers from the Household Division of the British Army perform the “Trooping of the Colour” ceremony to officially mark the queen’s birthday.

The military pageant, complete with musicians and horses, combines pomp and tradition dating back more than two centuries.

The queen will take the salute from troops on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, then reappear later to wave to crowds and watch a fly-past of military jets.

The queen will appear again at Windsor Palace, west of London. More than 2,800 beacons are lit at Buckingham Palace and across the UK. It includes atop the four highest peaks, as well as on the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and British Overseas Territories.

Flaming tributes will appear in 54 Commonwealth capitals across five continents, from Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific to Belize in the Caribbean.

Nine bridges over the River Thames in central London will light up, as will the capital’s landmark BT Tower, and several English cathedrals.

Friday (June 3)

A national service of thanksgiving for the queen’s record-breaking reign takes place at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, featuring a rare ringing of the Great Paul bell.

Great Paul, cast in 1882, is the largest church bell in the country.

Saturday 4th June

The Derby at Epsom Downs: 

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace:

The celebration will see famous faces from the world of entertainment brought together to perform for a night of musical tributes to celebrate the Jubilee. 22,000 people will attend the event including 10,000 allocated in a public ballot and 5,000 tickets for key workers.

Sunday 5th June

The Big Jubilee Lunch:

Over 60k people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches on the Platinum celebration weekend. With events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to back garden BBQs and everything in between. Over ten million people across the UK are going to join the celebrations. They will share friendship, food, and fun at Big Jubilee Lunches as part of this nationwide act of community friendship.

People across the world are also joining in with over 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches. It is planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan, and South Africa to Switzerland.

The final day culminates with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant — a public parade through central London.

The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry lead the Gold State Coach. It will be used to transport the monarch at coronations and jubilees — to Buckingham Palace.

Some 10,000 people will involve in a musical and creative display. It will show how British society has been transformed since the queen acceded in 1952.

This ends with the singing of the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”, outside the palace. It will be led by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

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