The royal family is preparing for the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years of service and will be honored for the work she has done for the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the worlds.
The festivities have been going on over the past year, but later this week they culminate with a four-day UK holiday that promises to be full of pomp and processions.
Where will you be able to see the Queen? Will Prince Harry and Megan Markle appear? Who are the British celebrities we will be watching as they raise a trophy for the King? Read on to find out what the palace has planned for the long weekend.
Color Forces: The annual Queen’s Birthday Parade will begin celebrations on June 2, when more than 1,200 officers and soldiers, the 1st Battalion and the Irish Guard will stage a parade of the military queen. They will be joined by hundreds of army musicians and about 240 horses.
It is an annual birthday tradition that has been used to celebrate the birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
It will be one of London’s busiest events – tickets are already sold out – but officials say there will be a chance for people to watch the show as it travels from Buckingham Palace to the parade ground. Large screens will also be erected in St James’ Park for Londoners to see and the festivities will be shown live on TV.
Once the parade is over and the procession returns to the palace, the royal family will appear on the balcony, as they do every year.
Only members of the royal family were invited to stand on the balcony this year, leaving Harry and Markle behind. The Queen’s beleaguered son Prince Andrew has also been left off the guest list after being stripped of his royal title and sponsorship earlier this year.
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Platinum Jubilee Lighthouses: The UK will stick to the age-old tradition of lighting beacons to celebrate the jubilee.
Once used as a communication tool, the string of lighthouses is now used to celebrate royal jubilees, weddings and coronations, as a sign of unity across cities and borders in the UK
In 1977, 2002 and 2012, the lighthouses celebrated the Queen’s silver, gold and diamond jubilee, and in 2016 her 90th birthday. More than 1,500 lighthouses will be lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
A major lighthouse called The Tree of Trees will be lit in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the evening of 2 June.
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There are three types of lighthouse events:
- Community beacons – Thousands of beacons will be lit by different communities, charities and groups across regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
- Commonwealth Beacons – Beacons will be lit in all Commonwealth capitals – 54 in total.
- Major Lighthouse – lit on June 2nd in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Thanksgiving service: On June 3, the Great Bull, the country’s largest church bell, will ring during the Queen’s Reign Thanksgiving, which will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The bell was built in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a malfunctioning mechanism. It was repaired in 2021 and released eight times since, but this is the first time it has ringed for a royal occasion since its restoration.
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People magazine reports that the service may be the first glimpse we’ll see of Prince Harry and his wife, although the couple’s sons, Archie and Lilipet, are expected not to attend due to their young age.
Derby at Epsom Downs: On June 4, members of the Royal Family will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
The Queen is known to love good horse racing, and it has been noted that she often appears happiest when watching and interacting with Thoroughbreds. However, there have been some reports that the Queen may not be in the race this year, and has chosen to ‘pace herself’ over the weekend, and will use the afternoon to meet her granddaughter, Lilibit, instead.
Regardless, the Derby promises plenty of fun and a carnival-like atmosphere for this year’s event. We’re sure to see the best British horseracing fashion come from this event too, so get your magic hats and hats ready.
The platinum party at the palace: On June 4, the Royal Watchers will also be attending a concert that will feature some of the big names from the music scene.
The event, sponsored by the BBC, will feature three stages with performances from Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli and many more.
Diana Ross will wrap up the two-and-a-half hour show with her first live show in the UK in 15 years.
Stars from the stage and the world of sport, including Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews and the Royal Ballet, will appear, and there will be a specially recorded performance by Sir Elton John.
Great Jubilee Lunch: According to Palace, more than 60,000 people in the UK signed up to host Big Jubilee Luncheons on Sunday, 5 June, which will see events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to small backyard barbecues and many more in between. .
However, the festivities are not limited to just the British. Worldwide, more than 600 international Grand Jubilee lunches have also been organized, including a number in Canada.
Platinum Jubilee Competition: The weekend’s festivities will conclude with a final pageant queen promised by the Palace that will feature some of the biggest names in the celebrity world, as well as include more than 6,000 volunteers, key workers and 2,500 members of the general public.
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Although the Queen will not personally drive the parade in the Gold State Carriage, the competition is an opportunity to honor her and bring to life iconic moments from her 70-year reign. The three kilometer parade route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace will begin by ringing bells in the chapel before the 10,000 parade participants act out the Queen’s Reign story as they travel the road.
According to several news sources, the tribute to the Queen and Philip will include a Bollywood-inspired re-imagining of their wedding day in 1947, including a six-meter wedding cake and performances by 250 Bollywood dancers.
The competition culminates right outside Buckingham Palace with a performance by pop star Ed Sheeran, who will perform his emotional ballad. perfect In the competition in honor of the Queen and her late husband.
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