What events are planned and what is the public holiday?
What events are planned for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations?
The Royal Windsor Horse Show launched the unofficial Jubilee celebrations. Held from 12-15 May, the equestrian world came together for the UK’s biggest outdoor equestrian competition, with show jumping, driving and endurance events.
In the evening, in the same arena, a Jubilee show involving 500 horses and 1,300 performers was held, in a 90-minute arena play that included actors, entertainers, musicians, international military shows , dancers and world horse shows. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 18, drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s horse-drawn carriage during the festivities, paying tribute to the Queen and Duke’s unparalleled contribution to the equestrian world.
The event, called A Gallop Through History, raised money for charities including those supporting the NHS and key workers.
The show was performed in front of a live audience of 4,000 but, on the final day (May 15), it was shown live on ITV with Tom Cruise and Alan Titchmarsh joining forces to host, with Dame Helen Mirren appearing as Elizabeth I.
Thursday, June 2
The Queen will salute from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Color this year. Over 1,400 marching soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will unite in the traditional parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. They will ride down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and carriages.
The event will end with an RAF flypast, watched by members of the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the UK’s long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons will also take place on the day.
Beacons will also be lit in each of the Commonwealth capitals for the first time ever.
Friday, June 3
A service of thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday June 4
After much speculation, it has been confirmed that the Queen will not be attending the Epsom Derby. Princess Anne will represent the Royal Family. The Epsom Derby is the only classic on the flat racing calendar that the Queen has yet to win. Her Majesty’s hopes of realizing her long-held dream of winning in time for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations were dashed, however, after her three horses were withdrawn from the event. Reach for the Moon, which had odds of 7 to 1 to win, will miss the Epsom race, as will Educator and General Idea.
The ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ will take place on Saturday evening, which will be staged and broadcast by the BBC.
Buckingham Palace has yet to name the performers, but said the live concert ‘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’ .
Members of the public will be invited to apply to participate via a UK resident ballot.
Sunday June 5
People will be encouraged to hold street parties to join the Big Jubilee Lunch, ahead of the final event of the weekend, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
A lunchtime picnic, The Windsor Big Lunch, is expected to include the longest series of tables ever. Organizers said the event, with a private budget of between £10m and £15m, is expected to be one of the biggest celebratory events in decades.
In addition to this, organizers of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are looking for members of the public who have lived through each of her seven decades on the throne to take part in a parade from the Mall to the Palace.
Anyone who has retained original vintage clothing from their fashion heyday is invited to apply to dress up and enter the contest, with a particular call for classic cars, motorbikes and bicycles to recreate 70 years of transportation.
Adrian Evans, master of the competition, said he hoped to create ‘exuberance, excitement, spectacle and the wow factor’, with the ‘glitter dust’ of Britain’s ‘national treasures’ – actors, writers, artists and musicians – and members of the public.
“We will never see that again,” he said of the Queen’s 70-year reign on the throne. “We want it to be absolutely brilliant for everyone, and especially Her Majesty The Queen. We want her to feel like we’ve made her proud.”
The show will be the centerpiece of the Jubilee holiday celebrations, which will take place over two and a half hours on the afternoon of June 5. It is not yet known which events the Queen herself will attend.
Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open to visitors to enjoy the celebrations throughout the June long weekend.
Three special exhibitions marking significant events in the Queen’s reign – the accession, coronation and jubilees – will be held at the official royal residences from July 2022.
This should include a range of portraits as well as jewelry and outfits worn for every occasion, kept at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.