Plans announced for the Queen's platinum jubilee central weekend nationally and locally
If Queen Elizabeth remains on the throne on 6 February 2022, this will be the first time any British monarch has celebrated a platinum jubilee; seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.
There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign. Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.
The Queen’s Green Canopy in Suffolk – a UK and Commonwealth project launched by The Queen and the Prince of Wales to celebrate the Jubilee. The aim is to plant over 775,000 trees in Suffolk – one for every citizen. The total so far is 240,000.
The extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the UK to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service. There are currently plans afoot to hold organised celebratory events in both Gislingham and Mellis.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour):
Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday.
Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
The Queen will be lighting the first national beacon in London 9.15pm, and Suffolk Lord Lieutenant Lady Euston will light the first one in Suffolk, on the beach at Lowestoft.
Friday 3rd June:
- Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday 4th June:
The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the
Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign.
Sunday 5th June:
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.
People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small - party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque.
- The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the U.K. and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country.
Every month from now till June, The Messenger will be updating you on developments with both the Gislingham and Mellis events. At the time of going to print, we understand there are no events planned for the Thornhams.