A Platinum Jubilee is a celebration used to mark a period of 7 decades (70 years).
British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II celebrats 70 years on the throne, the very first of its kind to go down in history.
Queen Elizabeth II was 25 years old when she began her reign on February 6, 1952. Since then she has been waxing strong and Britain has felt her impact.
To mark the joyous anniversary, various Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be taking place across the country. The four-day holiday weekend as declared by the state will include a wide variety of events
The streets of Great Britain were filled with celebrations as the festivities began today (Thursday, 2 June, 2022) with the Queen’s birthday parade also known as Trooping the Colour. The Queen and other members of the royal family made their customary balcony appearance before the close of the event with a flypast over Buckingham Palace.
On a sad note, this will be Her Majesty’s first jubilee without her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
The four days of the jubilee celebrations will include public events and community activities accompanied with loads of fun, as well as national moments of reflection looking back on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
According to Royal UK, the following are the schedule of events to mark the anniversary
Thursday 2nd June
Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be held on Thursday 2nd June 2022 starting at 11am. The colour will be trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, together with hundreds of Army musicians and around 240 horses. This annual event has now marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
During the Queen’s birthday parade A Royal Gun Salute will be fired.
During the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to watch the event via large screens, set up in St James’ Park and many more members of the public will be able to watch the spectacle live on BBC and Sky television, not just in the UK but overseas too. Once the parade has ended and the Royal Procession has returned to Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family’s balcony appearance will happen as in previous years.
There will be an impressive Flypast to coincide with the Royal Family’s balcony appearance.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will continue for the Platinum Jubilee. .
The Principal beacon, involving The Tree of Trees (a 21m high ‘tree’ constructed of 350 smaller trees), will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace at 9pm.
There are three kinds of beacon events:
Community Beacons – thousands of beacons will be lit by communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
Commonwealth Beacons – beacons will be lit in all capital cities of the Commonwealth – 54 in total.
Principal Beacon – to be lit on the 2nd June in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Friday 3rd June
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung for the Service. This is the 1st royal occasion it will be rung since it’s restoration in 2021.
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: Hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace and air live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and across the BBC network. 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 BBQ’s and everything in between. Over ten million people across the UK are expected to be joining the celebrations to share friendship, food and fun at Big Jubilee Lunches as part of this nationwide act of community friendship.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: The Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort, will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, embracing the latest in digital technology to evoke the excitement and majesty of her journey to be crowned 70 years ago.
The Pageant will serve as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty. It will culminate with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ and a gospel choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
The Pageant will bring to life iconic moments from The Queen’s reign as well as showcasing country’s changing society over the past 70 years.