100 days until the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
IN just 100 days, the Queen will celebrate 70 years on the throne – and we’re all invited.
Britons are set for a four-day holiday bonanza packed with festivities to mark Her Majesty’s momentous achievement.
The 95-year-old is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee.
To mark the occasion, a variety of events and initiatives take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day weekend in June.
The May bank holiday weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2 for fun.
This means millions of people will benefit from an extra day off from the sun.
So, with just 100 days to go, here’s everything you need to know about the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
FOUR DAY WEEKEND
THURSDAY JUNE 2
Kicking off the long weekend will be the Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.
More than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will join forces to mark the monarch’s official birthday.
There will also be a traditional RAF flyby watched by members of the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The event will be televised, but tickets for the spectacular event are available to the public, with voting open until the end of February.
On the same day, beacons will be lit across the UK to mark the occasion.
FRIDAY JUNE 3
The following day, a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Further details are expected to be announced in due course.
SATURDAY JUNE 4
The British will feast on Saturday with the Platinum Party at the Palace.
The live concert, broadcast by the BBC, will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most meaningful and joyful moments of the Queen’s seven-decade reign.
UK residents can enter the ballot for one of 5,000 free tickets, open from February 24 to March 23 via the BBC.
Also on June 4 will be the Derby at Epsom Downs, which Her Majesty will attend with other Cabinet members.
Race day is described as a “spectacular, joyous and festive day when people come together to take part in the most unforgettable carnival of the race”.
Tickets are available from £25 through the Jockey Club.
SUNDAY JUNE 5
The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place on June 5, with Britons invited to “share friendship, food and fun” with neighbours.
There will be street parties, picnics and garden get-togethers across the UK.
The same day will also take place the Platinum Jubilee Pageant where dancers, musicians, key workers, volunteers and military personnel will unite to tell the story of the Queen’s reign.
A section dubbed the River of Hope will see two hundred silk flags descending the mall, appearing like moving water.
OTHER KEY EVENTS
The Queen’s Green Canopy
Green-fingered communities and cities across the country have come together to make 2022 a truly special year to “plant a tree for Jubilee.”
He is working on the protection of 70 old trees and woods, as well as a training program to teach new skills to young unemployed people.
The Queen’s Green Canopy will continue throughout this year and through March 2023.
Royal Collection Trust
Three special exhibitions marking significant events in Her Majesty’s reign will be held at official royal residences from July.
During the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of the Queen taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding between 1953 and 1956 will be on display.
At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Robe and Estate Robe worn by the Queen for her coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953 will be on display.
And at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors will see outfits worn by the Queen during the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Queen’s Private Estates
Free celebrations will also take place at the Sandringham and Balmoral estates for the enjoyment of the public.
Over the four-day June weekend, there will be a Platinum Party at the Palace on the big screen in Royal Parkland.
The Sandringham beacon lighting will also take place in Royal Parkland, accompanied by live music from the Norwich Pipe Band and the Hunstanton Band.
Platinum Jubilee Celebration
From May 12-15, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will create a 90-minute arena play.
It will include actors and artists, musicians, international military shows, dancers and world horse shows.
The show takes place in the same arena used by the Royal Windsor Horse Show during the day.