Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations: What to Expect


London — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, marking the 70th anniversary of her reign as Queen of the United Kingdom and its 14 Commonwealth countries.

Elizabeth is already the country’s longest-reigning monarch – a milestone she achieved in 2015 – and is the first to celebrate a platinum jubilee. Events have been organized across the UK and Commonwealth countries to mark the occasion. Here’s everything you need to know:

Sir Paul McCartney and bestselling author Tina Brown reflect on Queen Elizabeth’s unprecedented reign in Her Majesty The Queen: A Gayle King Special. The special will air Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and stream Friday, June 3 on the CBS News App and Paramount+.

What is the platinum anniversary?

The Platinum Jubilee marks the 70th anniversary of a British monarch’s reign and Queen Elizabeth II is the first to reach the milestone.

Celebrations are organized in the UK and Commonwealth countries on significant anniversaries such as this.

After 70 years on the throne, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in history


When is the platinum anniversary?

Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father King George VI.

The Queen usually spends the anniversary of her father’s death in quiet reflection at her Sandringham estate, but this year she invited local community groups to a small celebration and viewed some anniversary memorabilia.

Elizabeth’s formal coronation took place on June 2nd, 1953, so the grand Platinum Jubilee celebrations will begin on Thursday, June 2nd and continue throughout the weekend.

What events are taking place?

The Trooping the Color ceremony will take place in central London on Thursday. The traditional military ceremony became an annual event to celebrate the British sovereign’s official birthday in the 17th century.

British Army regiments have their own flags or “colors” which were used as rallying points on the battlefield. As part of the traditional Trooping the Color ceremony, the Queen inspects her troops and receives a royal salute. The ceremony includes a huge parade of more than 1,400 soldiers and 400 musicians, accompanied by members of the royal family in carriages and on horseback. There is then a flyby of the British Royal Air Force, members of which are working Royal family will be watching from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

For the first time ever, bonfires will be lit in the capitals of all the Commonwealth “realms”, from Antigua to Tuvalu.

A thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday, to which all members of the royal family are expected. Then on Saturday, the Queen and her family had planned to take part in a horse race.

On Saturday night, Ed Sheeran and Diana Ross will be among the stars to play a live concert in honor of the Queen.

On Sunday, thousands of people across the country organized street parties with government encouragement and a huge picnic lunch is planned in Windsor, west of London, where the Queen’s main residence, Windsor Castle, is located.

Britain is preparing to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee


Will Harry and Meghan attend the celebrations?

In May, it was confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, would be returning to the UK from their home in California to celebrate the platinum anniversary. They will bring their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

However, it was not made clear which events they would be attending. They were not expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade, as the Queen has indicated only royals carrying out official public duties would be there.

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However, they were expected to attend the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral over the weekend, as well as other events.

Ever since their very public argument with relatives a few years ago, Harry and Meghan have been no longer “working members” of the royal family and therefore do not take part in official public functions.

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