On the 9th of September 2015, Her Majesty The Queen became Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch. On the 6th of February 2022, Elizabeth II became the very first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after reaching an outstanding 70 years on the throne. Not many leaders have attained this milestone, including the longest-serving monarch before Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria, who reached her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, an extended bank holiday will be taking place from Thursday the 2nd of June to Sunday the 5th of June, with many patriotic, exciting events filling the four-day weekend.
To kick off the festivities, on the 2nd of June, a Trooping the Colour will be held, with over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians – this will also celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Starting from Buckingham Palace, the parade, alongside members of the Royal Family, will make its way down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, finishing with an RAF fly-past while The Queen watches on from Buckingham Palace’s balcony. On this same day, beacons will be lit in places across the United Kingdom and the world simultaneously with Buckingham Palace.
The following day, a Thanksgiving service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Platinum Party arranged for the 4th of June. This party will be filled with several of the world’s largest entertainment stars, and a live concert broadcast by the BBC from Buckingham Palace is expected.
Finally, we have The Big Jubilee Lunch, encouraging communities across the UK to celebrate together with food and fun alongside neighbours, and The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, featuring performers, military personnel, key workers, and volunteers to tell the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign in a brilliant festival.
Celebrating such a huge occasion is so rare, so you’re going to want to prepare in advance. As is tradition for many when a Jubilee rolls around, displaying a Union Jack flag around your home or on your car is a simple, yet great way of showing your patriotism. For the Platinum Jubilee, there will also be unique flags made for this particular celebration so you can be a part of something really special.
Flags aside, many enjoy dressing up head to toe in patriotic clothing and accessories, including t-shirts, baseball and plastic bowler hats, and you can even get creative with some Union Jack face paint!
A celebration as huge as this wouldn't be complete without balloons, and it can be argued that nothing would make The Queen happier than an adorable corgi balloon. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with traditional Jubilee balloons, either.
All the festivities can get tiring, so no one would blame you if you fancied a relaxing cup of tea, but even enjoying a brew can show your support with a mug designed for the occasion!
This is the fourth major jubilee during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, so if you’ve experienced one of these before, this is undoubtedly going to be the biggest one yet. The Platinum Jubilee isn’t far away now, so we at The Range truly hope you have a fantastic time this June.