After 70 years of service, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Although the anniversary date for this was 6th February, it has been decided that the momentous occasion will be celebrated from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. Many around the country will be celebrating this great achievement by watching the moment on big screens, hosting BBQs and organising ‘Big Lunches’. It’s estimated that more than 70,000 ‘Big Lunches’ are planned to take place up and down the country as well as big screens set up in main cities for many to watch.
“In less than a month, we will come together as a nation and Commonwealth to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign. No other British monarch has reached this milestone and we will celebrate it with tradition, pomp and circumstance. I hope that people and communities across the country will come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty – whether that be to watch on big screens or toasting Her Majesty at a Big Jubilee Lunch with their neighbours or coming together in their local village hall” says Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.
With the events planned to take place over the course of the first weekend of June, there will be an extended bank holiday weekend. This will give many across the UK the chance to take time off from work and school to celebrate a one-of-a-kind achievement.
What’s Happening Over The Four Days?
Thursday 2nd June
With the Queen’s birthday being held on this day, more than 1400 soldiers will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade. The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace and will include members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The event is open to the public to witness and no booking is required. You can also watch the event from St James Park where a large screen will be set up. Those at home will be able to watch this live on BBC and Sky.
Friday 3rd June
In recognition of the Platinum Jubilee, A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday 4th June
The Queen has had an avid interest in horseracing and is in fact a racehorse owner herself. Therefore, on this day, the Queen, along with members of the Royal Family, will attend The Derby at Epson Downs.
Sunday 5th June
Up and down the country, there will be thousands of ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ taking place to celebrate the Queen’s reign. From street parties to garden BBQs, it is estimated that over ten million people will be taking part with family and friends. But that’s not all. The ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ have also gone global with people hoping to take part in South Africa, New Zealand and Japan!
How Can I Take Part?
If you’re looking to take part, click on the link below to find an event near you: