The Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
In 2022, the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. Throughout the year, special events will take place across the UK and Commonwealth, the main focus being an extended weekend in June.
Platinum Pudding Finals: 14th March
During this week, judges will choose a winning pudding, that marks the Jubilee and that will be enjoyed in the many celebrations taking place throughout the year. It has been organised by Fortnum & Mason and the competition is open to anyone. So, dust off your apron!
A Gallop Through history: 12th – 15th May
500 horses and 1,000 dancers, musicians, actors and armed forces from the Commonwealth and Europe will perform live at an arena in Windsor. The production takes the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to today. A majestic blend of humour, theatre, pomp and pageantry, guaranteed to be spectacular.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend: 2nd – 5th June
On the 2nd of June, it is Queen's official Birthday Parade, the Trooping of the Colour will involve over 1,400 majestic parading soldiers, 200 horses, 400 musicians and a flypast at Horse Guards Parade. Beacons have traditionally been used by the Royal Family to commemorate notable occasions such as Weddings, Birthdays and Jubilees. In this very special year, over 1,500 beacons will be lit at Buckingham Palace, in Green Park, as well as, across the United Kingdom and in each capital city of the Commonwealth.
Service of Thanksgiving, St Pauls Cathedral: Friday 3rd June
A special Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral. Expected attendees will be key members of the Royal Family, Commonwealth Dignitaries, and representatives of the many charities and organisations the Queens is a patron of.
Platinum Party at the Palace: Saturday 4th June
Some of the biggest names in entertainment will stage a spectacular performance. Following the success of previous concerts staged at Buckingham Palaces, this will be an eagerly anticipated event. Much loved and hugely popular stars will come together to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s seven-decade reign.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: Sunday 5th June
A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom 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, to celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of the people and communities across the country.
The Queen’s Coronation, Windsor Castle: 7th July – 26th September
There will be a special display, commemorating Her Majesty's Coronation at Westminster Abbey on the 2nd of June 1953. A highlight will be the Coronation Dress. This stunning gown is made of the finest white duchesse satin, made of pure silk, richly embroidered in gold and silver thread. Its intricate design illustrates national and Commonwealth floral emblems in delicate pale silks, encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals. Visitors will also see Her Majesty’s Coronation robe. This is made of purple silk velvet with goldwork embroidery. The needlework design features wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising prosperity
The Queens Accession, Buckingham Palace: 22nd July – 2nd October
Visitors to The State Rooms will enjoy a display celebrating The Queen's Accession to the throne in February 1952. A highlight will be some of the stunning photographic portraits that formed the basis of The Queen's image on stamps and in British embassies across the world. Also featured will be The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Queen Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Philip.
Superbloom, The Tower of London: June – September
The moat at the Tower of London will be transformed into a river of flowers in honour of the Platinum Jubilee. More than 20 million carefully chosen seeds will be sown in the spring. From June to September, the moat will be a spectacle of colour and a flowing field full of flowers. This floral spectacle is designed to bring new colours and patterns as the season develops. It will also attract bees and butterflies.
Royal Collection Trust – Commemorative Gifts and keepsakes
This official range has been commissioned by Royal Collection Trust to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2022. The design is inspired by the purple Robe of Estate worn by The Queen at her Coronation. The border decoration is based on the gold embroidery on the robe, which incorporates olive branches and wheat ears, symbolising peace and prosperity. Available to buy online or in-store at the Royal Palaces.