Puddings and pageantry for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee | Life
LONDON, January 10 – Fancy, pageantry and puddings will form the centerpiece of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne, Buckingham Palace announced today.
The 95-year-old monarch’s Platinum Jubilee begins on February 6, when she became Queen in 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.
The longest-serving British monarch will be the only queen or king in the country’s long history to have reigned for 70 years.
Buckingham Palace officials unveiled a series of events to mark the occasion and reflect the Queen’s call for celebrations to promote a climate of national unity.
To top off the festivities that reflect national passions, a competition is being held to create a new Jubilee pudding, the winner being chosen by the judges, including the palace chef.
The Head of State will also receive a digital map showing each tree planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.
The Queen and her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, planted their own tree on the royal estate of Balmoral in north-eastern Scotland last October.
The main celebrations will take place over a four-day long weekend, starting with the public holidays on Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3.
On Thursday, the Queen’s Birthday Parade will see more than 1,000 army soldiers, horses and musicians perform a Trooping of the Color ceremony in central London.
The annual event in central London marks the Queen’s official birthday but has been canceled for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Continuing a tradition stretching back hundreds of years, people will light beacons in more than 1,500 towns and villages across the country that evening.
On Friday there will be a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, followed on Saturday by a live concert with famous stars.
More than 200,000 block parties are scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 5, as well as a London street performance featuring performers from across the Commonwealth.
The gown and gowns worn by the Queen at her coronation in 1953 will be on display at her home in Windsor Castle in West London following major events.
Royal officials are hopeful the events can generate more positive headlines after a string of negative publicity in recent months.
The Queen’s second son Prince Andrew is facing US civil sex assault lawsuit and questions over his links to convicted sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
The monarch’s grandson Prince Harry is set to publish his memoir this year, with the family bracing for further revelations after his criticisms last year.
The Jubilee Mass Events schedule makes no mention of the Covid restrictions, which have curtailed royal engagements and other public functions since early 2020.
Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to celebrate the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees to mark her 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne.
In 1977, her Silver Jubilee saw nationwide street parties and a procession – as well as the release of the Sex Pistols’ punk anthem “God Save The Queen”.
A highlight of the Golden Jubilee in 2002 was guitarist Brian May – of the rock band Queen – playing the national anthem on the roof of Buckingham Palace.
In 2012, a flotilla of 1,000 boats sailed the Thames to mark the 60th anniversary of his reign, helping to stimulate interest and support for the monarchy.
Soon after, the Queen and her beloved Corgis starred in a cameo alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. – AFP