Does the Queen’s Silver Jubilee of 1977 seem like just yesterday to you? Can you believe there’s a Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of service upon us already? 1977 was the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, which commemorated 25 years on the throne and in a blink of an eye we are celebrating 70 years!
For most people over the age of 50, memories of the Silver Jubilee are vivid, as it was a time of national celebration. In this blog post, we explore some of the key events and activities that took place during the Silver Jubilee celebrations.
We also asked the Springchicken readers to share their own memories from 1977, to create a snapshot of what life was like during that time.
So, if you missed the Facebook call out, please take a few minutes to share your memories in the comments section below.
1977 Events for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee
The day’s events saw over a million people line the streets of London as The Queen and members of the Royal family made their way to St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving.
The Queen and Prince Philip spent time with members of the public before making their way to the Guildhall for the Corporation of London Lunch.
The Queen recounted pledging her life to the service of the nation,
When I was twenty-one, I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God's help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.
Luckily for the nation Her Majesty the Queen has continued in this pursuit to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Springchickens Remember the 1977 Silver Jubilee
Our Facebook post attracted over 14,000 memories of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It seems a more innocent time and the recollection of street parties, firework displays and big jubilee lunches certainly give the forthcoming Platinum party a thing or two to live up to!
Here are some of our favourite memories
We had a party on the green. Everyone in fancy dress. I went as little Bo Peep my bother went as the six-million-dollar man & my sister went as a ra ra girl with the grass skirts but mum made her put on knee high socks (kills the whole look. Lol.)
I still have my union jack pinny which my mum made. I will wear it again this jubilee! (Thanks Suzanne Izz)
Street party in, Solihull. We had a dressing up competition for us kids, many of the houses set up games in the front garden for all to enjoy, kids were divided into teams and competed against each other - I was a team leader at the grand age of 9, big tea in the street, and every kid was presented with a special Jubilee cup. It was such fun. The Queen toured the country and on another day, we lined the streets and waved our flags as she drove through.
Wonderful street party with great kids i grew up with who I am still great mates with now ! Lovely memories !!
The whole street put up Bunting (Union Jack flags) stretched between all the houses. Just after the day, a removal van drove down the street and pulled down all the bunting. We had a street party for all the children and sack race games etc. A most enjoyable fun day with lots of community spirit.
I was working in the tower of London and we had 21 guns from the tower, 21 guns from Belfast, 21 guns from Hyde Park, then another 21 guns from the tower, it was blood great but deafening it echoed around the walls in the tower.
Design by Patrick Boyle
Coming second for fancy dress. Being the back half of a pantomime horse (my sister was the front end) having a kid hassle me because obviously I couldn't see but managing to get a well-aimed kick in and we won a jubilee football. Having a good old-fashioned party in Shirley fields Bexley with sausage rolls and all sorts of ‘70s finger foods. Being given a plastic A4 folder complete with certificate and commemorative coin.
Thinking my next-door neighbour Glad was the kindest woman on earth for making our costume because my Mum had left us the year before and my Dad couldn't have done it. God bless you Glad I don't know if you ever knew how much we loved you xx
What else happened in 1977?
Whilst the Queen’s Silver Jubilee does seem to dominate everyone’s recollection of 1977, there were other events that took place. How many of them can you recall?
- Sex Pistols Thames boat trip. Intended by the punk group to upstage Her Majesty the Queen they fell short on the day. There prank was buried by the press with the Royal family and the national celebrations making all the headlines.
- Red Rum wins a record breaking third Grand National.
- Star Wars opens in cinemas and becomes the biggest selling picture for the next 5 years.
- John Travolta brings disco to the big screen with the release of Saturday Night Fever.
- Elvis Presley passes away at just 42 years old.
- Mull of Kintyre by Wings was the biggest selling UK single of 1977
- Marc Bolan dies in car crash just 29 years old.
- Pele plays his last professional game. Santos Vs New York Cosmos.
- The last execution by guillotine in France, convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, became the last person to be executed in western Europe.
- First commercial London to New York Concorde supersonic flight.
The Queen's Silver Jubilee was an event that united the United Kingdom and its people. It was a time to reflect on the past 25 years of Her Majesty's reign and celebrate all that she has done for her country. With patriotic parades, displays, and concerts, as well as private celebrations with family and friends, the Jubilee marked an important milestone in The Queen's life.
Let’s hope the 70th Celebrations can bring the nation together after some troublesome years.
Remember there is more that unites us than divides us! Enjoy!!
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