The Queen is set to celebrate her Jubilee with an extremely exciting competition

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As we all know, the Queen is gearing up for a big year, like really big. With her Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, which marks her 70th year on the throne (making her the first British Monarch to achieve the milestone) there are plenty of preparations underway and another very exciting detail about what we can expect has just been announced.

To recap, on 6 February 2022 the Queen will mark her 70-year reign, and a series of celebrations will take place across the year including a four-day bank holiday here in the UK from 2 to 5 June. All in all, Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee is being hailed as a "once-in-a-generation" event.

But, we needn't wait til June to start celebrating. In fact, the first event of the festivities – a pudding invention competition – kicks off today (10 January). Yep, it's time to get your Great British Bake Off on as the nation is challenged to invent a new pudding to celebrate the Monarch's reign.

Finalists will be judged by an expert panel including GBBO's very own Dame Mary Berry as well as Masterchef's Monica Galetti. That's not all, the winning pudding recipe will then be made available to the public, meaning the tasty pud will be enjoyed at Big Jubilee Lunches across the country during the much-anticipated bank holiday weekend.

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"The winning pudding will be an important part of the celebrations marking Her Majesty’s 70 years as Monarch. And the creator of the winning pudding will be invited to be at the centre of the celebrations," explains luxury retailer Fortnum and Mason who are running the competition. "Get cooking, and your creation could be a joyful and delicious part of the first ever Platinum Jubilee."

Speaking about the tasty event, Dame Berry said: "I'm so thrilled to be panel chair for this exciting competition to make the perfect pudding fit for the Queen, and to work alongside such a wonderful team of judges. I hope everyone who enters has lots of fun and I wish them the very best of luck."

It's not the first time the public has been tasked with creating a celebratory dish for the Queen though. Back in 1953, Coronation Chicken (a combination of cold cooked chicken, herbs and spices, and a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce) was invented to mark the Monarch's coronation day. Meaning it's likely the winning Platinum Pudding will become a household favourite in years to come.

Anyone else feeling slightly peckish all of a sudden?

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