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Platinum Jubilee: A Celebration Fit for a Queen

The Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee In June, the UK will be immersed in a memorable four-day bank holiday weekend, commemorating the Queen's remarkable 70-year reign on the throne. Marked as a Platinum Jubilee, this...

Platinum Jubilee The Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee

In June, the UK will be immersed in a memorable four-day bank holiday weekend, commemorating the Queen's remarkable 70-year reign on the throne. Marked as a Platinum Jubilee, this momentous occasion will be celebrated with a range of exciting events and initiatives across the country.

A Weekend of Festivities

The Platinum Jubilee weekend will be filled with public events, community activities, and national moments of reflection to honor the Queen's decades of service. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has reported that over 70,000 "Big Jubilee Lunches" are planned throughout the four nations of the UK. An estimated 10 million people will come together with their neighbors to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries expressed her excitement, stating, "We will celebrate it with tradition, pomp, and circumstance." Whether it's watching the events on big screens or toasting Her Majesty at a Big Jubilee Lunch, communities across the country are encouraged to pay tribute.

The Jubilee Schedule

The extended four-day bank holiday will take place from Thursday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 5th, offering ample time for everyone to revel in the festivities. Here are some of the highlights:

Day 1: Queen's Birthday Parade and Beacons

The Queen's Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will kick off the celebrations. This spectacular event, usually held on the second Saturday in June, will take place two days earlier this year as part of the Platinum Jubilee. The parade will feature the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division, and an array of military pageantry.

At approximately 1pm, a captivating six-minute flypast of over 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace. There, the Queen and other members of the royal family will witness this majestic display from the palace balcony.

Simultaneously, Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit throughout the country. A special ceremony will take place at Buckingham Palace, with the lighting of the Principal beacon and The Tree of Trees, a stunning 21m-high "tree" constructed from 350 smaller trees. Members of the royal family will also light beacons at Windsor Castle and various community and Commonwealth locations.

Day 2: Service of Thanksgiving and the Derby

St. Paul's Cathedral will host a Service of Thanksgiving to honor the Queen's reign. Royal family members will arrive in the morning, followed by a Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor. Notably, Great Paul, the country's largest church bell, will ring for the first time for a royal occasion, accompanied by a joyful peal of bells.

Later in the day, the Queen and other royal family members are expected to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. This iconic horse race, taking place at 5.30pm, will feature a guard of honor with past and present jockeys who have ridden for the Queen.

Day 3: Platinum Party at the Palace

A Platinum Party at the Palace, hosted by Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp, will take center stage on this day. The event, broadcast live on BBC One and the BBC network, will showcase a remarkable lineup of performers, including Queen + Adam Lambert, George Ezra, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, and many more. In addition, esteemed figures like Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, and David Beckham will make appearances.

With three stages, 3D projections illuminating Buckingham Palace, and an in-person audience of 22,000, including key workers and lucky ballot winners, this concert promises to be a highlight of the Jubilee celebrations.

Day 4: Platinum Jubilee Pageant and Big Jubilee Lunches

The grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee will be the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. Stretching along The Mall, this vibrant procession will captivate spectators with thousands of performers, including a giant dragon puppet, corgis, acrobats, unicorns, dancers, circus acts, and 150 "national treasures." Ed Sheeran will even grace the stage, singing the national anthem. The event is anticipated to be watched by over one billion people worldwide.

Additionally, millions of people across the country will come together to enjoy a Big Jubilee Lunch in the afternoon. With more than 200,000 local events planned, including screenings, street parties, and community lunches, this will be an opportunity for friends, neighbors, and communities to share in the joyous atmosphere.

A Celebration to Remember

The Platinum Jubilee is set to be an unforgettable celebration of the Queen's remarkable reign. From the regal pomp of the Queen's Birthday Parade to the grandeur of the Platinum Party at the Palace, these four days will be brimming with excitement, unity, and heartfelt appreciation for Her Majesty's 70 years of service.

As the nation comes together to honor and celebrate this historic milestone, the Platinum Jubilee is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Queen and the unwavering bond between the royal family and the people of the United Kingdom.

Big Jubilee Lunch A Big Jubilee Lunch bringing communities together

Note: The images used in this article are for illustrative purposes only and represent the essence of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.