Huge crowds came to central London on Thursday to kick off a four-day series of public festivities celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s historic Platinum Jubilee.
The queen, who is 96 years old, has been on the throne for 70 years, the longest reign of any British royal, including her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.
During the Trooping the Color ceremony on Thursday afternoon, Queen Elizabeth emerged on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with family members and waved to huge crowds of well-wishers.
The celebrations’ details have been disclosed in stages. The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign and the Platinum Pudding Competition are among the official festivities, which include street parties across the country. The Platinum Jubilee celebrates a monarch’s reign of 70 years. The first British monarch to attain the milestone will be Queen Elizabeth II.
On significant anniversaries, celebrations are held throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. On Accession Day, which fell on Sunday, February 6, the Queen celebrated her 70th year on the throne. After her father, George VI, died in 1952, the Queen ascended to the throne on this date.
As a result, the big Platinum Jubilee celebrations began on Thursday, June 2, 2022, and will run through the weekend until June 5, 2022. While Harry and Meghan are taking part in the celebrations, they were not visible on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional Trooping the Colour. Only those “currently undertaking official public duties” on her behalf would be allowed to attend, according to Her Majesty.
Scheduled Events Planned for Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Celebrations
The unofficial Jubilee celebrations began with the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The equestrian world assembled for the UK’s largest outdoor horse show, which featured show jumping, carriage driving, and endurance events from May 12 to 15.
A Jubilee pageant with 500 horses and 1,300 performers took performed in the same arena later that evening, in a 90-minute work of arena theatre that included actors, artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers, and global equestrian displays.
Thursday, June 2
This year, the Queen saluted the Trooping the Colour from Buckingham Palace’s balcony. The traditional Parade brought together almost 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians to celebrate The Queen’s official birthday. Members of the Royal family on horseback and in carriages followed them down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade.
The event came to a close with an RAF flypast, which was watched from the Buckingham Palace balcony by members of the Royal Family. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, joined the Queen.
For the first time, beacons were lit in each of the Commonwealth nations’ capital cities. On Thursday, June 2, at 9.45 p.m., approximately 3,000 beacons were lit, timed with the Tree of Tress light installation outside Buckingham Palace.
Friday, June 3
At 11 a.m., members of the Royal family arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for a thanksgiving service.
Following the service, the Lord Mayor hosted a reception at Guildhall at 12.25 pm.
Saturday, June 4
After much speculation, the Queen has revealed that she would not be attending the Epsom Derby. The royal family will be represented by Princess Anne. The Epsom Derby is the only flat race classic that the Queen has yet to win. Her Majesty’s dreams of winning in time for her Platinum Jubilee festivities were shattered when three of her horses were withdrawn from the race. Reach for the Moon, as well as Educator and General Idea, were given 7-1 odds to win the Epsom event.
The ‘Platinum Party at the Palace,’ which will be organized and broadcasted by the BBC, will take place on Saturday evening.
Sunday, June 5
People will be encouraged to organize street parties in order to participate in the Big Jubilee Lunch, which will take place before the weekend’s final event, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The Windsor Big Lunch, a lunchtime picnic, is projected to have the longest line of tables ever. The event is set to be one of the largest celebratory events conducted in decades, according to organizers, with a privately funded budget of between £10 million and £15 million.
In addition, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee organizers are looking for people who have lived through each of her seven decades on the throne to march down The Mall to the Palace as part of a parade.
For more details visit The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022