On 6 February this year, the Queen will become the first British monarch ever to celebrate 70 years on the throne. To mark such a momentous occasion there are a host of celebrations taking place throughout the year.
The Platinum Jubilee Celebration on the 12th-15th May will see 1000 performers and 500 create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers and global equestrian displays. The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
In the summer, we’ll be treated to a four-day bank holiday weekend from 2nd-5th June, during which lots of events will take place.
Thursday 2 June
This is the Queen’s annual birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, which is set to be even more spectacular than usual, with 1400 officers taking part alongside army musicians and horses. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Tickets for this incredible spectacular are available to the public and applications for the ballot are open until the end of February. Visit qbp.army.mod.uk from the week commencing 17 January 2022 to apply.
On the same day, Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit in 1500 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.
Friday 3 June
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral which will celebrate the Queen’s reign with sermons and choirs.
Saturday 4 June
The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in February.
Sunday 5 June
This date marks the Big Jubilee Lunch, with more than 200,000 neighbourhood events expected the take place. There's also the Platinum Pudding competition, which will task UK residents aged eight and above with creating a new pudding dedicated to the Queen. Five finalists will prepare their desert for an expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan, with the winning recipe made available to the public.
Over the course of the entire weekend, The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will see performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers tell the story of the Queen’s reign through theatre, music, circus and street performance.
Forming an important part of the Platinum Pageant, the ‘River of Hope’ section will include two hundred silk flags which will process down The Mall, appearing like a moving river. Primary and secondary school children are invited to create a picture of their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. A selection of these creations will be transferred on to silk flags, which will carried by secondary school pupils in the Pageant.
There will also be other events throughout the year to get involved in, including the Queen’s Green Canopy, which sees green-fingered communities across the country planting trees in celebration of the Queen’s seven decades of service. The initiative is also working to protect 70 valuable ancient trees and woodlands as well as launching a training programme to teach unemployed young people tree-planting skills.
Three special displays marking the Queen's Accession, Coronation and Jubilees will be staged at the official royal residences from July, with portraits of Her Majesty and items from her personal jewellery on display at Buckingham Palace, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate at Windsor Castle and outfits worn by Her Majesty on to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees displayed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Celebrations will also take place on The Queen’s private estates, Sandringham and Balmoral for local residents and visitors, including a free screening of the Platinum Party at the Palace in the Royal Parkland at Sandringham.
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