At 95-years-old, Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch of Britain. This “accolade” previously belonged to Queen Victoria who served as Britain’s monarch for 63 years, 216 days. On 6 February 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. This essentially refers to a monarch celebrating 70 years on a throne.
One of the first celebrations to take place is an extended Bank Holiday weekend from 2 to 5 June 2021. This will give people and communities the opportunity to come together to mark this historic milestone. Over the special Bank Holiday weekend, communities across the UK are invited to host a Big Jubilee Lunch, to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours – and also serve the brand-new Platinum Pudding!
PLATINUM PUDDING AND THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARADE
The Platinum Pudding will be discovered via a nationwide baking competition, to be judged by Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef, Mark Flanagan.
Getting the weekend underway on 2 June will be the Queen’s Birthday Parade, where the Irish Guards will “Troop” their Color.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and members of the British royal family, look up at the RAF flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, 9 June 2018.
LIGHT A BEACON, A SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND A CONCERT
That evening, over 1 500 towns and cities across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon to mark the Platinum Jubilee, with the principal beacon being lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Meanwhile, on Friday, 3 June there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
On Saturday, 4 June, there will be a special Platinum Party at the Palace. The concert will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate some of the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.
On Sunday, 5 June, there will also be a Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where children from across the UK will form the “River of Hope” procession. Combining street arts, theatre, music, a circus, and a carnival will celebrate the Queen’s reign.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a national service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 90th birthday at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on 10 June 2016
THE ACCESSION, THE CORONATION AND JUBILEES
You can also get involved in this special Jubilee year by planting a tree – which has already seen over 60 000 trees planted in the UK.
Three special displays marking significant occasions in the Queen’s reign – the Accession, the Coronation and Jubilees – will be staged at the official royal residences in 2022.
The Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by the Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 will be on display at Windsor Castle, while visitors will see a display of outfits worn by the Queen on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
In addition, two new exhibitions – Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse – will showcase some of the finest works in the Royal Collection.