Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II

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Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II opens Welsh Parliament in 2021 (cropped 2).jpg
Queen Elizabeth II in 2021
GenreJubilee of British monarch
Date(s)6 February 2022; 6 months ago (6 February 2022)
Country
Previous eventSapphire Jubilee of Elizabeth II
Website
platinumjubilee.royal.uk

The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is to happen in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth[1] in 2022 for the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II becoming the monarch of these places (ceremonial in the Commonwealth now) on 6 February 1952. If she is still the British monarch at the right time, she will be the first one to have a platinum jubilee.[2][3] In the United Kingdom, another bank holiday will be made and the normal May bank holiday weekend will be moved to the start of June to make a special four-day weekend.[4] The British government says there will be a "once-in-a-generation show" that will have the best art and technology in its displays and the best British ceremonial greatness.[5]

Carly Ledbetter, writing for the Huffington Post, says because the Platinum Jubilee was being planned, Elizabeth II did not plan to stop being the British monarch in favour of her son Charles when she became 95 years old in 2021.[6]

Celebrations[change | change source]

United Kingdom[change | change source]

The Queen's traditional birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will happen on 2 June 2022 instead of the usual second Saturday of June. Ovens by lighting beacons will happen on 2 June in the United Kingdom, the crown dependencies and the oversea territories. Beacons will be lit in all capital cities of the Commonwealth countries for the first time.[7]

The traditional service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will happen at St Paul's Cathedral on 3 June.[7]

The Queen will come with other members of the royal family on 4 June to the Derby at Epsom Downs. A concert named 'Platinum Party at the Palace' will happen at Buckingham Palace that evening. Some of the biggest artists and entertainment stars will perform there.[7][8] The BBC will make and show the concert. As with the Diamond Jubilee, they will work with the European Broadcasting Union. Members of the public will be invited to apply to come to the event.

On the last day of the longer bank holiday, it is hoped people will have a 'Big Jubilee Lunch' and communities will celebrate their connections and know each other a little better there.[7] Street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival, buffets and costume celebrating the Queen's reign will happen in a pageant, where there will be more than 5,000 people from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and Buckingham Palace in the background.[7]

Commemoration[change | change source]

The Severn Bridge

A Platinum Jubilee medal will be made for the Jubilee. People who work in public service, including people who represent the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison services, will get them.[5]

It has been said the Severn Bridge should be named something else in honour of the Jubilee.[9]

The 2022 Corby Pole Fair will happen on Friday, 3 June 2022 because of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.[10]

Historic Royal Palaces is planning for a Commonwealth-themed garden in the historic moat of the Tower of London.[11]

The Queen's Green Canopy[change | change source]

A campaign, known as 'The Queen's Green Canopy', started in May 2021.[12] It is hoped people in the United Kingdom will 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee' to help the environment and make local areas greener, as a "special gift" for the Queen. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said "As we celebrate Her Majesty's incredible 70 years of service, I encourage everyone to get behind this scheme, and go 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee'."[13][14]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Queen's platinum jubilee: Extra-long May bank holiday announced for Queen's 2022 platinum jubilee". Cambridge News. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  2. "Platinum Jubilee: MPs and peers search for gift fit for the Queen". BBC News. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  3. "Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022". GOV.UK. Retrieved 12 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Extra bank holiday to be created for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022". The Telegraph. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.[permanent dead link]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Murphy, Simon (12 November 2020). "Extra bank holiday announced for Queen's 2022 platinum jubilee". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  6. Ledbetter, Carly (13 November 2020). "Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee Plans Seemingly Silence Rumors Of Stepping Down". Huffington Post. Australia. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Therrien, Alex; Turner, Lauren (2 June 2021). "Queen's Platinum Jubilee plans unveiled by Buckingham Palace". BBC. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  8. Picheta, Rob; Foster, Max (2 June 2021). "A four-day weekend, a pageant and a concert announced for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee". CNN. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  9. "Old Severn Bridge: Queen's Jubilee request to go to Government". BBC. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  10. Bagley, Alison (7 January 2021). "June date set for Corby Pole Fair as double celebration for Queen's Platinum Jubilee". Northamptonshire Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  11. Sanderson, David (12 June 2020). "Garden will send tourists to the Tower of London". The Times. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  12. Couzens, Jo (15 May 2021). "Campaign launched to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee". BBC News. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  13. "Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Public urged to plant a tree to help mark monarch's 70-year reign". ITV. 29 November 2020.
  14. "The Queen's Green Canopy". Cool Earth.