UK gears up for huge historic Platinum Jubilee weekend festivities celebrating the Queen
London, UK - The Queen's Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated in the UK next June with national events, from a live concert featuring some of the world's biggest stars, to a service of thanksgiving – and a day at the races.
Buckingham Palace has announced further details of the plans to mark the monarch Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign during the upcoming special four-day holiday weekend in 2022 – from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.
"The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952, when she was 25 years old. Her Majesty has celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees," the Royal Family tweeted of the historic occasion.
Individual members of the royal family have yet to be named in the plans, but it is likely the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and other members of the monarchy will attend various events.
A live concert will be staged at Buckingham Palace, Platinum Party at the Palace, during the Saturday of the long weekend.
Performers have also yet to be announced, but it is billed as bringing together some of the world's biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from the Queen's seven decades on the throne.
Other highlights include a day at the racing track for the Queen – an avid horse breeder – and her family, who will fill the royal box for the Derby held at Epsom Downs, just before the concert.
The four-day weekend will begin on Thursday with Trooping the Color, a military processional, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.
The festivities and fun will continue for four days
Platinum Jubilee Beacons, or ceremonial bonfires, will also be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and UK Overseas Territories. They are a longstanding tradition used to celebrate royal occasions, weddings and coronations.
It marks the first time the fires will be ablaze in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries, celebrating the Queen's milestone.
A service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be additionally be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday.
On Sunday, locals across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch, marking the final day of the celebrations. Brits typically share in friendship, food, and fun with neighbors during the festivities.
Later on, a Platinum Jubilee Pageant will also be staged in the capital featuring more than 5,000 people from across the UK and Commonwealth.
The event will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets and will combine street art, theater, music, circus, carnival, and costume – celebrating the service of the Queen as well as honoring communities across the country.
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