Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to mark seventy years on the throne on 6th February 2022. With that in mind, Buckingham Palace have confirmed a multitude of celebrations to mark the occasion.
It is expected that Her Majesty The Queen, as is custom, will spend Accession Day (February 6th) in private at Windsor Castle. Though Buckingham Palace have confirmed a series of events being held throughout the year, with the first beginning on Monday.
The ‘Platinum Pudding’ competition will invite members of the public to submit ideas for a new pudding to celebrate The Queen’s reign. An expert panel, including Dame Mary Berry, will judge entries and the winning pudding will be made available to the public and enjoyed by guests at the Big Jubilee Lunch.
The first week in June has been selected for the extended bank holiday weekend. Beginning on Thursday 2nd June and ending on Sunday 5th June. An additional bank holiday has been granted on Friday 3rd June and the late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2nd June.
Though it is yet unclear which events Her Majesty The Queen will actually attend, it is understood that many of the pre Jubilee events will be undertaken by the likes of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
So what can we expect;
Thursday 2nd June
Trooping the Colour will be held in full for the first time since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic. The Irish Guards will troop their colour and there will be more than 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians taking part. Also on the Thursday, Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit at more than 1500 locations across the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
Friday 3rd June
A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday 4th June
The Platinum Party at the Palace where members of the public will be invited to apply to attend a live concert outside of Buckingham Palace. Performers are yet to announced and the ballot for public tickets will open in February.
Sunday 5th February
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will feature over 5000 people from across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth performing around the area of Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace has promised pomp and ceremony, street arts, theatre and cutting edge technology. People across the country are also encouraged to sit down for the Big Jubilee Lunch.
Relive one of the highlights from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012:
As well as official events, the nation is being encouraged to hold street parties across the four day weekend to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle will open its doors during the festivities to allow people enjoy the celebrations throughout the four day weekend.
Stay tuned for more Platinum Jubilee updates.
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