Updated February 5: To mark her Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II wrote a heartfelt note renewing her commitment to dedicate her life to service. She expressed a sense of “hope and optimism” for the year ahead as she reflected on the progress of the past 70 years. “The past seven decades have seen extraordinary social, technological and cultural advancements that have benefited us all,” the Queen wrote. At the end of the note, the queen also sent an important message: she wants that when Prince Charles becomes king, Camilla will be known as the queen consort.
What we originally reported: On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth.
It has been seven decades since the Queen ascended the throne at the age of 25 following the death of her father, George VI. During this time, she modernized the monarchy and dominated the world stage with her intelligent, calm and focused energy. She has used fashion, from her clothes to her jewelry, to create a staunch, confident and determined image – among many other accomplishments over the years.
To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout 2022.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Platinum Jubilee:
When is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?
The anniversary itself falls on February 6, although the celebration is scheduled for the first week of June, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from June 2-5. 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.
Which parties are open to the public?
On June 2, the Queen’s Birthday Parade will see more than 1,400 soldiers marching, 200 horses and 400 musicians gather in the traditional parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday, which usually takes place on the second Saturday of June. This is open to the public and will start at Buckingham Palace, traveling down the Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and carriages. The parade will end with the traditional RAF flyby, watched by the Queen and her family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Then on June 4, the Platinum Party will take place at the Palace. Hosted by the BBC, this special live concert from Buckingham Palace will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most meaningful and joyous moments of the Queen’s seven-decade reign. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event while others can watch on the big screen in Royal Parkland at Sandringham.
On June 5, communities are encouraged to celebrate “The Big Lunch” to share friendship, food and fun with neighbors as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Celebrations will also take place at the Queen’s private estates, Sandringham and Balmoral, for local residents and visitors to enjoy during the holidays.
What other events will take place?
From May 12-15, the Platinum Jubilee Celebration will see more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute arena play that will include actors and performers, musicians, international military shows, dancers and world horse shows. The show takes place in the same arena used by the Royal Windsor Horse Show during the day and is the fourth in a series of events at the same venue which have marked significant moments in the Queen’s life. The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
On June 3, a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
On June 4, the Royal Family will attend the Epsom Downs Derby.
Plus, there’s more:
To mark this milestone, a national baking competition is underway to find a brand new pudding dedicated to the Queen. The Big Jubilee Lunch and Fortnum & Mason are inviting UK residents aged 8+ to apply to create the perfect Platinum Pudding recipe. The winning recipe will be made available to the public and the pudding will be enjoyed at the large Jubilee Lunches over the Jubilee weekend.
Over 60,000 trees have already been planted across the UK as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, with cities from Cornwall to Glasgow coming together to make 2022 a truly special year to ‘plant a tree for Jubilee’ by as a celebration of the Queen’s 70th birthday. a service.