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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

On the 6th of February, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne. She was 25 years old.

Now at 96, Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history, meaning this is the UK’s first time celebrating a Platinum Jubilee. The Platinum Jubilee milestone celebrates seven decades on the throne, with many events to mark the occasion over the year. So when is the official date, and when is the main celebration?

The official date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is Sunday 6th February 2022, but the main celebrations will take place in June.

What are the Events?

Held across a four-day bank holiday weekend from the 2nd – 5th of June, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will consist of daily royal events:

Thursday, June 2nd

On the 2nd of June, a beacon will be lit at Buckingham Palace to kick off the events. This is followed by the Trooping of the Colour parade, which features more than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. There is also an RAF flypast, which members of the Royal Family will watch from the Buckingham Palace balcony. You might catch a glimpse of the Queen herself in one of her iconic outfits.

Friday, June 3rd

The main event of Friday is a Thanksgiving Service for the Queen’s long reign at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Saturday, June 4th

On Saturday, the Queen and her family will gather at Epsom Downs to see the equestrian event. The Queen is a big racing fan, so this will surely be a lively event! There’s even an official noble steed from Ty to celebrate. There will also be a special live concert at Buckingham Palace, called the Platinum Party.

Sunday, June 5th

The Big Jubilee Lunch is held on Sunday, as an initiative to get communities together to share friendship, food, and fun with their neighbours in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Depending on where you find yourself celebrating this event, you could add a dash of patriotism to your evening with a Union Jack flight set. If you’re planning a more family-oriented celebration, this Corgi will make a great companion for children.

You can also join more than 5,000 people in the UK for musicians, dancers, street art, theatre, carnival, circus, and exciting costumes at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Is There More?

There are many more events scheduled across the country throughout the year to honour the Queen and her long reign. Keep an eye out on the official royal or government websites to find out more.