On February 6, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee Year, marking 70 years of service. The Platinum Jubilee will see celebrations across Great Britain, the Commonwealth, and beyond in the months leading up to the special extended bank holiday. The Platinum Jubilee's Central Weekend will run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5. With the Platinum Jubilee year well underway, here are some of the many ways you can get involved in celebrating The Queen’s milestone year.
What is a Jubilee Year?
A Jubilee Year is celebrated every 25 years in the United Kingdom to honor significant periods of a monarch's reign. The most recent year of jubilee was 2000. Few British monarchs have achieved reigns of 50 years to celebrate their Golden Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II is the very first to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee Year, in honor of her 70th anniversary. Until 2015, Queen Victoria had been the longest-ruling monarch in the history of Britain with a reign of 64 years.
The Best Things to Do in London to Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Year in 2022
Explore London's Iconic Sites
Spend a day exploring all things London! See Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. Walk through the oldest part of London – the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market's ornate façades, and visit the buzzing stalls of Borough Market, London's most renowned food market which has been feeding locals for centuries.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons
The lighting of the Platinum Jubilee Beacons is the first community event of the four-day Jubilee Central Weekend, June 2-5, 2022. The Jubilee Beacons will provide an opportunity for UK and Commonwealth communities to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, is now often the central point of focus to mark the start or end of a celebration in the UK.
For the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom's territories. Thousands of beacons will be lit by communities and groups throughout regions of Great Britain, 54 beacons will be lit in the capital cities of the Commonwealth, and one single (Principal) beacon will be lit on June 2 in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
When: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Platinum Party at the Palace
A party to remember, artists and entertainers from around the world will be at the Palace to perform live musical tributes in celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace and air live on BBC One.
When: Saturday, June 4, 2022
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be a sensation akin to a carnival festival. 10,000 people are involved, including the military, with over 6,000 volunteers, and countless performers. The pageant will proceed in four acts, telling the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. It will feature a military spectacle, displays bringing to life British culture over the past 70 years, street theatre, elaborate costumes, live music, and even a nod to The Queen's love of horses and corgis.
The pageant will also feature a "River of Hope" procession of 200 children carrying silk flags with depictions of children's hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. There will also be music performed by over 100 young people from London and Edinburgh.
When: Sunday, June 5, 2022