Platinum Jubilee: What Events Should Happen and When?
UK to mark Queen’s 70th birthdayand year on the throne during a special four-holiday weekend in June.
Her Majesty became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on February 6, 2022. Her significant milestone will be celebrated in a number of events and initiatives taking place across the UK over the long weekend .
These will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said more than 70,000 ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ were planned across the UK’s four countries, with 10 million people expected to celebrate with their neighbors over the weekend.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the UK “will celebrate it with tradition, pomp and circumstance”.
“I hope people and communities across the country will come together to pay their respects to Her Majesty – whether it’s watching on the big screen or toasting Her Majesty at a grand Jubilee luncheon with their neighbors or meet at their local party hall.
Here is the full schedule of celebrations taking place throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
When is the Platinum Jubilee?
The four-day extended bank holiday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.
Thursday, June 2
On this day, the Queen’s Birthday Parade will start at 11am. Trooping the Color marks the official birthday of the British sovereign and usually takes place on the second Saturday in June.
However, this year the ceremony will take place two days earlier as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
1st The Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a military spectacle during Horse Guards Parade, alongside hundreds of army musicians and around 240 horses.
The parade will be completed by a six-minute flypast of more than 70 Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force planes, which will fly over Buckingham Palace.
The Queen is expected to watch the flypast from the palace balcony with other working members of the Royal Family.
Platinum Jubilee beacons will also be lit on the first day of the long weekend.
A special ceremony will be held at Buckingham Palace at 9 p.m. to light the main beacon, which involves the Tree of Trees, a 21m-tall “tree” made up of 350 smaller trees.
Other flagship events will also take place, including Community Beacons which will be lit by communities, charities and other groups, and Commonwealth Beacons in all 54 Commonwealth capitals.
Friday, June 3
A service of thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral to give thanks for the Queen’s reign.
The Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will ring for the first royal occasion in its history for the service.
The ringing of Grand Paul will be followed by a carillon of bells to celebrate.
The bell was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism and was restored in 2021.
Saturday June 4
The Queen is due to attend the Derby at Epson Downs on Saturday June 4 with other members of the Royal Family.
The day will also be marked by a Platinum Party at the Palace, hosted by Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp. The event will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Network.
The concert will feature three stages, 3D projections on the front of Buckingham Palace and an in-person audience of 22,000, including 10,000 tickets awarded by public ballot and 5,000 tickets for key workers.
While the full list of artists will be announced by the BBC in the coming weeks, the first name on the list is British musician George Ezra.
Sunday June 5
The celebrations culminate on Sunday with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see thousands of performers parade through The Mall.
A giant dragon puppet the size of a double-decker bus will feature in the procession, along with corgis, acrobats, unicorns, dancers and circus acts.
According to DCMS, the grand finale will feature 150 “national treasures”, including Ed Sheeran.
Millions of people will also sit down to a Big Jubilee Lunch in the afternoon, as more than 200,000 local events have been planned, including screenings, street parties and luncheons.