Obviously, we all know that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are nearly upon us. But amidst all the media noise and hype there’s just 5 questions that we all need to know to be able to enjoy the extra long bank holiday weekend.
When Is It?
So, it seems that even with the mass media coverage there is still confusion as to the Platinum Jubilee dates. They are Thursday 2nd June until Sunday 5th June inclusive.
Whilst these are the official dates there are events and celebrations taking place up and down the country in the week preceding this.
So, make sure and keep up to date with what is going on in your area.
What’s happening near me?
There is a great government website The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 which allows you to register your events and check out what is going on in your area. Everything from a street party, a big jubilee lunch to an egg and spoons race can be registered here to ensure maximum community support.
This is perfect for planning your fun over the 4-day holiday.
Another good way is to join local Facebook groups, as they will let you know about events taking place close to you and more likely to be kept up to date with any changes caused by weather etc.
What Are the Jubilee Beacons?
The unique tradition commemorates a Royal occasion of lighting beacons throughout the Commonwealth will be upheld for the anniversary celebrating the Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation.
The tradition dates to 1897, when beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty the Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
If you would like to participate in this tradition are simply attend an official beacon event on Thursday 2nd June the Queen’s Jubilee Beacons website will tell you how to do this and where.
Don’t forget to register your event here if you and your community are hosting a Beacon lighting party.
Party at The Palace
This spectacle taking place on Saturday 4th June is open to the but requires booking.
The ticketing system is done via an online ballot.
A total of 22,000 people will attend the event only 10,000 tickets are available for the event the BBC will be showing the whole party live for its viewers. In the spirit of the event 7,5000 tickets have also been allocated to key works, Armed Forces, volunteers and charities.
So why not have your very own platinum party at home with some friends and of course the Royal family.
The star studded line-up includes some of the biggest names in the entertainment world, Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow, George Ezra, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity.
What is the Jubilee Pageant?
The official Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be taking place on the Sunday 5 June at Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA.
The event is open to the public so no booking is required. It is advisable to plan your journey carefully and well in advance due to the large crowds expected at the event.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be a breath-taking and joyous event that celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's resolute duty, love for the natural world.
The pageant combines street arts, theatre productions as well music, circus and carnival to make it a wonderful celebration!
Think London Olympic opening ceremony but bigger!!
Get ready to Party at the Palace and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in Style.
Are the pubs open?
Perhaps the MOST asked question of all. The good news is there have been extended licensing hours afforded to pubs and club in England and Wales. Pubs and clubs will extend from 11pm to 1pm on Thursday 2 June to Saturday 4 June.
The government has decided that members of the public should be allowed to relax and celebrate the Queen’s reign at their leisure. The occasion has been decreed as an occasion of ‘exceptional national significance’, hence the extended hours.
The beleaguered hospitality industry will also welcome the extension after a troublesome previous two years trading.
It is not very often we get a chance to enjoy ourselves and celebrate the heritage we all hold dear in the United Kingdom.
These are the moments that make life special and if we have manged to learn anything from the past 2 years is they we need to enjoy and cherish these moments with our friends and family.
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