The United Kingdom is celebrating the first Platinum Jubilee of a monarch in the whole history of the country: Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne for 70 years! See below the most important events happening in London and the country during the Jubilee long weekend from 2-5 of June and explore the best places in the capital to feel festive!
Queen Elizabeth II was only 25 when her father King George VI died from coronary thrombosis following a battle with lung cancer in 1952. She became the longest reigning monarch of our country a few years ago: her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign lasted for 63 years and 216 days.
The official purple logo for the celebration has been created by 19th-years-old Edward Roberts, graphic and communication design student at the University of Leeds. His design drawn in a continuous line and visualising the crown, throne and number ‘70’ won the competition organised by V&A museum and Buckingham Palace.
Official of the Platinum Jubilee celebration includes:
Thursday 2 June
- Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade that marks a monarch’s birthday for over 260 years. The Platinum Jubilee military parade in central London showcased over 1200 soldiers and officers, hundreds of musicians and 240 horses.
This is how it was:
- Jubilee Flypast and the appearance of royal family members on the balcony of Buckingham palace
- Lighting of the beacons (around 3000 in total around the UK and all 53 Commonwealth capitals with the principal one in Buckingham palace and Windsor
- Fireworks at the Windsor castle
Friday 3 June
- Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of the Royal Family, and reception at London’s Guildhall
- Platinum Jubilee Concert at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Saturday 4 June
- The Epsom Derby, one of the most famous British horse race run since 1780
- Jubilee party in the park, Windsor castle
- Platinum Party at the Palace concert broadcasted live
Sunday 5 June
- Jubilee street parties and Big Lunches around the country
- Windsor’s Big Lunch at the Castle end of on the Long Walk
- Jubilee pageant on the Mall. Apart from the festive celebration including musicians, dancers and key workers, it’ll also feature the flags with school children’s drawings focusing on the future and climate change.
Where to celebrate Platinum Jubilee in London:
The best places to feel the festive spirit these days are the main streets of London such as Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Bond street. The Covent Garden and Seven Dials got all dressed up for the occasion as well. And finally, don’t miss the Chelsea in Bloom and Belgravia in Bloom showcasing everything British and of course celebrating Her Majesty’s reign too!
Also visiting Windsor, the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace, the photographic exhibition in the Kensington Palace or Hampton Court might be a good idea to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Finally, don’t forget to try some festive food too like celebration cakes or a special afternoon tea!
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