UK Preparing for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Thousands of Events
UK Preparing for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Thousands of Events
Royal Jubilees are an occasion to celebrate the life and reign of a monarch and are significant events which are celebrated around the world. Though the concept of the jubilee began in biblical times, today the term is most closely associated with the Royal Family, the ceremony and the spectacle which the term symbolises.
In 2022, Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Get involved in celebrating Her Majesty’s historic reign in the run up to the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend which takes place from 2nd to 5th June.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
In order to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be a 4-day weekend from the 2nd to the 5th of June. So, let us help you come up with some ideas of what to do during the upcoming Bank Holiday Weekend.
Trooping the Colour
The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be held on Thursday 2nd June 2022 starting at 11am. The colour will be trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, together with hundreds of Army musicians and around 240 horses. This annual event has now marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
During the Queen’s birthday parade A Royal Gun Salute will be fired.
Tickets for seated viewing of Trooping at Horse Guards Parade are now sold out but there is an opportunity for people to view the display as the troops parade to and from Horse Guards Parade as it passes on its journey between Buckingham Palace and the parade ground.
During the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to watch the event via large screens, set up in St James’ Park and many more members of the public will be able to watch the spectacle live on BBC and Sky television, not just in the UK but overseas too. Once the parade has ended and the Royal Procession has returned to Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family’s balcony appearance will happen as in previous years.
There will be an impressive Flypast to coincide with the Royal Family’s balcony appearance.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will continue for the Platinum Jubilee.
The country’s greatest knights battle it out to be crowned champion of the Jubilee Joust.
Experience the sport of kings as knights from around the country joust to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Head to Hampton Court Palace for the Jubilee Joust, a proper old-school fighting competition with knights on horseback. To find out more: https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/jubilee-joust/#gs.20zq9p
Hampton Court Palace. Jun 1-5. Free with price of admission.
Level up your royal knowledge at a Queen-themed exhibition or tour
Pop into the Imperial War Museum for its new exhibition, ‘Crown and Conflict: Portraits of a Queen in Wartime’. It will follow the monarch’s personal experience of war through film, photography and artefacts. To find out more: https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/queens-platinum-jubilee-iwm-london
Imperial War Museum. May 27-Jan 8, 2023. Free.
Peruse a selection of royal memorabilia at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Holborn. It will feature items on loan from the public, so expect to see at least one Charles and Diana wedding mug. To find out more: https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/platinum-jubilee-celebrations
Sir John Soane’s Museum. May 25-Jun 26. Free.
Discover the relationship between the Queen’s ancestors and the City of London at the two-hour A Right Royal City walking tour. To find out more: https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/event/a-right-royal-city/
City Information Centre. Fridays and Saturdays until Jun 25. £12.
Try the Corgi café
Have a brunch to remember at London’s first-ever corgi café. They’ve even hired a ‘puparazzi’ to take Insta-ready snaps of you and your new four-legged friends. To find out more: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-uks-first-corgi-cafe-is-coming-to-london-040722
Refinery Bankside. May 29. From £7.75
Jive 1950s style
Learn to jive, 1950s-style in the Rothschild Rooms at Gunnersbury Park and Museum. All ages and abilities are welcome, and you can either bring a partner or pair up when you get there. To find out more: https://www.visitgunnersbury.org/whats-on/special-events/learn-to-jive-1950s-style/
Gunnersbury Park Museum. Jun 2-3. Free.
Service of Thanksgiving
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung for the Service. It was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism. It was restored in 2021 and has been rung on 8 occasions since, but this is the 1st royal occasion it will be rung.
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Over 60k people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches on the Platinum celebration weekend, with events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to back garden BBQ’s and everything in between. Over ten million people across the UK are expected to be joining the celebrations to share friendship, food and fun at Big Jubilee Lunches as part of this nationwide act of community friendship. People across the world are also joining in with over 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
The Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort, will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, embracing the latest in digital technology to evoke the excitement and majesty of her journey to be crowned 70 years ago.
More details will be provided at a later date and while The Queen won’t personally travel in the regal Gold State Carriage, there will be a fabulous surprise.
The Pageant will serve as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty. It will culminate with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ and a gospel choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
The Pageant will bring to life iconic moments from The Queen’s reign as well as showcasing our changing society over the past 70 years.
10,000 people are involved, including the military, over 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the general public.
People from all over the UK and across the Commonwealth are giving their time and creativity to build this event and celebrate this momentous occasion. Communities across the UK will find a connection to the ‘People’s Pageant’.
National treasures and iconic figures from music, film, sport and the arts will take part in the Pageant including much-loved celebrity names, alongside military personnel, key workers and volunteers.