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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee is fast approaching – uh HELLO!! four day weekend – and Her Majesty is gearing up for one heck of a celebration. And who can blame her? After a history-making 70 year reign, I think we can all agree that Liz deserves a right old knees up. So, how exactly is she celebrating the landmark occasion?
It all started back in February, on the anniversary of the date the Queen took over the British throne from her father – who passed away suddenly while she and her husband Prince Philip were in Africa on a royal tour. Despite technically becoming Her Majesty on 6 February, she doesn't celebrate the date because she hadn't yet been coronated. Which brings us to...
Thursday 2 June
The start of June (or, at least, the second) will officially mark 70 years since the Queen was coronated. In honour of the special occasion Her Majesty and senior members of the Royal Family will take to the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the Trooping the Colour (aka The Queen’s Birthday Parade).
"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," the Royal Family's official website explains. Fancy!
Friday 3 June
Day two brings yet more Jubilee festivities and the day will kick of with A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Great Paul – who, by the way is not your bingo-winning uncle, but actually the largest church bell in the country – will be rung for the service. Whilst ringing a bell might not sound all that celebratory, it actually has real significance, given that this is the first royal occasion it will be rung since it's 2021 restoration (the bell was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to damage).
Saturday 4 June
As Saturday rolls round the Platinum Jubilee weekend is in full swing and begins with a derby held at Epsom Downs, attended by Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family.
Afterwards, Liz and co. will head back to Buckingham Palace for the after party, or as it's officially known, the Platinum Party at the Palace. It's a party we're pretty jealous we didn't get an invite to, as hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will welcome a long list of famous faces as they celebrate the landmark event. A few of the celebrities set to perform at the event are Alicia Keys, Mabel, Craig David, Ella Eyre, Jax Jones and more.
"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," the Royal Family website explains. "22,000 people will attend the event including 10,000 allocated in a public ballot and 5,000 tickets for key workers."
If, like us, you didn't score a ticket, then tune in live on BBC One to watch or catch up later on BBC iPlayer.
Sunday 5 June
As if a party at the palace wasn't enough, Her Majesty will also be treated to a Platinum Jubilee Pageant in her honour. The Pageant – which features the impressive Gold State Coach and some seriously cutting-edge technology – has been designed to tell the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign and how this has transformed society.
"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," says the Royal Family's website. "10,000 people are involved [in the Pageant] including the military, over 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the general public."
Erm, our excitement levels just peaked!
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