The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are right around the corner and the nation is getting excited for the upcoming four-day weekend.
During the first weekend of June, millions of people all over the world are expected to come together to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.
Queen Elizabeth II was just 25 years old when she took to the throne, and seven decades later she is celebrating a momentous occasion after becoming the longest-reigning monarch in the UK.
To celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, thousands of events have been planned.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including what events are happening and how you can get involved.
When is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee?
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place from June 2 to June 5 2022.
The Queen’s accession to the throne occurred on February 6 1952, but her Platinum Jubilee celebrations are being held in June because her becoming monarch also marked the death of her father.
Instead, the Queen will mark her 70-year reign on the anniversary of her coronation, which occurred on June 2 1953.
Celebrations of her long-running reign will continue throughout the four-day bank holiday weekend.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee events
The Jubilee bank holiday will see events hosted across the country in celebration of the Queen; so far over 2400 public events and street parties have been organised.
But there’s also a lineup of official events to mark the occasion. Here’s what you can expect from the Jubilee weekend.
The Queen’s annual Birthday Parade, also known as the Trooping the Colour, will kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2.
The parade will begin at 11am at Buckingham Palace and is set to feature over 1,200 officers and soldiers, as well as hundreds of Army musicians and 240 horses.
After the parade, the Royal Family will make an appearance on Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony and there will also be a Royal Air Force flypast.
Later in the day, the lighting of the beacons will occur, this is a traditional celebration used to commemorate royal jubilees, weddings and coronations.
Over 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the main beacon will be lit at Buckingham Palace by a member of the Royal Family.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will continue on Friday June 3 with a Service of Thanksgiving.
The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held in the morning at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
On Saturday June 4 the Queen – a keen horse-racing fan – will head to Surrey to attend the Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs.
She’ll also be accompanied by other members of the Royal Family for the Epsom Derby.
The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace will also take place on June 4. The highly anticipated Jubilee concert will feature performances from Diana Ross, Sam Ryder Queen + Adam Lambert and many more.
On the final day of the Jubilee celebrations, The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place.
Over 10 million people are expected to be joining the celebrations, with events ranging from an attempt to host the world’s longest street party, to back garden BBQs and community lunches.
The celebrations will then come to a close with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will start at 2:30pm.
The Gold State Carriage will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, although the Queen will not be riding in it, and it will also feature street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.
How to watch the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on TV
The Jubilee celebrations will be attended by thousands of people, but for those who won’t be able to make it in person, you can still watch the celebration unfold from the comfort of your home.
The Jubilee celebrations will be broadcast across the main channels, with most events being covered live by the BBC.
You can watch all of the BBC’s coverage on BBC One or iPlayer.
Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and JJ Chalmers will be presenting Trooping the Colour on June 2 and the lighting of the beacons will be broadcast later in the evening.
On June 3 David Dimbleby, Kirsty Young and Sophie Raworth will be presenting during the Service of Thanksgiving.
On Saturday, the BBC will have live coverage of its Platinum Party at the Palace across all of its networks, with Kirsty Young and Roman Kem presenting the televised concert.
To catch the Epsom Derby you’ll have to tune in to ITV1 instead of the BBC as it will be broadcasting live coverage of the race.
However, coverage of the celebrations will return to BBC One and iPlayer as it televises the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant to mark an end to the weekend of celebrations.
How to take part in Queen's Jubilee celebrations
Not everyone will have the chance to travel to London to join with the celebrations at the Palace, and tickets for many events are already sold out, but there are still ways that you can get involved.
The Big Jubilee Lunch is an event that anyone across the UK can get involved in. The Eden Project is sponsoring the event and is encouraging communities across the UK to come together for a lunch to celebrate the Queen.
It's also giving out free Big Lunch packs, which include ideas, recipes and invitations.
You can also get involved by hosting or attending a local street party. So far details of over 2,400 street parties across the country have been shared and you can find your nearest street party on the Platinum Jubilee website.
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