Buckingham Palace has unveiled the full program of events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Ceremonies will include the 95-year-old monarch opening her private estates to the public, and some of the world’s biggest stars performing outside Buckingham Palace. There will also be a four-day bank holiday weekend. The Spring Bank Holiday will be on Thursday 2nd June, followed by the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday on Friday 3rd June.
It is not clear what events the Queen will attend or participate in as doctors ordered her to rest in October last year after an overnight hospital stay for an unspecified preliminary check-up.
The bulk of Jubilee duties are believed to be passed on to the rest of the royal family, which includes the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Queen usually spends the anniversary of her accession privately at Sandringham.
The official jubilee celebrations will begin Monday when Fortnum & Mason launched a platinum pudding contest to find a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Recipes will be judged by an expert panel including Dame Marie Berry.
It is hoped this will serve as a long-lasting reminder of the Queen’s accompanying Green Canopy Initiative, which will continue to plant new trees to offer at the end of the year.
From 12 to 15 May, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show on the grounds of Windsor Castle that will take viewers through the history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
More celebrations are to take place later in the year, starting Thursday 2 June, the first day of the special four-day bank holiday, when the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will take place at the Horse Guards Parade.
On the same day, the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at Buckingham Palace at the same time as the principal beacon.
On Friday 3 June, a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, before a star-studded Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday 4 June.
The cast is yet to be named, but it is being seen as bringing together some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment.
On Sunday, June 5, the last day of the bank holiday, people across the country will sit together for the Big Jubilee Lunch.
Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations over the long weekend.
Artists, dancers, musicians, military personnel, prominent activists and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen’s reign in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see a River of Hope—made of 200 silk flags—make its way along the mall.
School children from across the country have been invited to draw a picture of their hopes for the planet over the next 70 years, and some of their designs will be put on the flag.
From July, three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, coronation and jubilee will be held at official royal residences.
All events for the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen
– January 10: “Platinum Pudding Contest”
The contest is inviting members of the public to create a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s reign.
– May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in the 90-minute show, showing Windsor Castle audiences about the history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
Bank Holiday: June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)
More than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and Household Division will color the Horse Guards Parade, who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy celebrations during the Bank Holiday.
Platinum Jubilee Beacon
The UK will join the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the UK Overseas Territories to mark the jubilee. The principal beacon will also be lit at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
June 3: Thanksgiving Service
A service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace
Some of the world’s greatest entertainers are billed to perform in concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most important moments of the Queen’s reign.
June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch
Street parties are being planned across the UK and neighbors are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate Platinum Jubilee. This will mark the end of the bank holiday.
Platinum Jubilee Pageant
The artists will come together to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a competition in London that will include a “River of Hope” section made up of 200 silk flags that make their way through a mall that looks like a moving river. Will make way
July: The Royal Collection Trust
Three exhibits marking the Queen’s throne, coronation and jubilee will be put up at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.