The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated in Britain with a four-day festival of royal pageantry and public parties to honour her 70 years of rule. She is the longest-ruling British woman and the third-longest-ruling monarch in history.
She has been on the throne since 1952, which is closer to the completion of the Statue of Liberty than it is to the present day. Since then, she has become an unmovable symbol of British soft power and may be the most well-known person from around the world.
This week will be bittersweet, though, because many Britons will wonder if this is their last chance to celebrate the queen, who is 96, and what that will mean for their country’s identity.
Starting on Thursday, a year of events will come to a head with a long weekend and public holiday. This is timed to coincide with the “ceremonial” birthday of the queen in June. She was born in April, so she has two. Because of how old she is, this jubilee may have been planned with even more enthusiasm.
Over the next few days, the country will be full of concerts, parades, and historic church services, all of which will be decorated with Union Jack flags and giant TV screens set up in the centres of major cities.
On Sunday, the main event is a four-act “Jubilee Pageant” at Buckingham Palace, including a military parade, a celebrity-filled carnival celebrating British cultural and technological innovation during the queen’s reign, and a pack of puppet corgis made to look like the queen’s favourite pets.
There will also be about 16,000 street parties all over the country, where people will drink commemorative sparkling wine and eat sandwiches off of special plates with jubilee designs.
Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Schedule
On Thursday, June 2,
After Trooping the Color, the Royal Air Force will do a flyby, and the royal family will watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
On Friday, June 3,
Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral
On June 4, Saturday
The Derby horse race takes place at Epsom Downs, southwest of London. After that, 22,000 people go to the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace concert.
On June 5, Sunday,
There will be thousands of street parties all over Britain. The celebrations will end with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a four-act carnival of music and theatre at Buckingham Palace. Adele Mouter, 36, is the assistant manager of the Red Lion pub in Chester-Le-Street, a historic market town in northeast England.
“Everyone here loves the royals,” she said. “She makes you proud to be British because there’s nothing like her anywhere else.” This weekend, her pub celebrates the event like thousands of others across the country. There will be a barbeque and games in the garden, face painting, and even an extraordinary jubilee real ale on tap.
She says that while royal favour will be high, the jubilee will also be a way for people to get over the coronavirus pandemic, which has been going on for more than two years.” After the last two years, it’s a chance for everyone to be together,” she said. “Don’t forget that some people will just be happy to have an extra day off.
“This week, though, there will be something going on beneath the surface. Even though few people will say it out loud, Britain is now getting ready for the queen’s death. It might not happen for a long time, but the old king has had to cancel many things recently because of his health, including catching Covid in February.
It’s not clear which events she’ll go to this week, and if she does, she might not have as much of a role in them.
This is such a big deal that it’s hard to understand. Her death will throw a fragile royal family and country into the unknown. In the last three years, the family has been shaken up again by scandals, fights within the family, and the death of the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who was 99 when he died last year.
The royals had a pretty good decade, thanks to the wedding of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the popularity of the Netflix show “The Crown.” But in early 2020, things started to go wrong for them. Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, said they were stepping back from being front-line royals.
A year later, they gave an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they told the royal “firm” was not caring and even racist.
Frequently Asked Question
What Kind of Party Is a Platinum Jubilee?
What exactly is a Platinum Jubilee? Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to reach the Platinum Jubilee, which is the 70th anniversary of their rule. When important anniversaries come up, like this one, parties are held all over the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.
After Platinum Jubilee, What Comes Next?
The Queen will be the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
What Does Jubilee Mean?
The Silver Jubilee is a celebration of 25 years on the throne.
40 years is the Ruby Jubilee.
50 years is the Golden Jubilee.
60 years is the Diamond Jubilee.
65 years is the Sapphire Jubilee.
70 years is the Platinum Jubilee.
When Did the Last Platinum Jubilee Take Place?
Before 2022, Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was the last monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee. He did so in 2016, but he died soon after the celebrations in Thailand.