Sunday, 23 January 2022

Buckingham Palace Unveils Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Plans

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LONDON – A special four-day holiday weekend, a live Platinum Party concert at Buckingham Palace with the world’s “biggest entertainment stars” and a street pageant on the Mall leading up the palace in London are among some of the celebrations planned to mark 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in June 2022. Next year, the 95-year-old will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth succeeded her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952 when she was 25.

Buckingham Palace on Wednesday unveiled details of a variety of engagements throughout the year to mark the historic occasion culminating in the Platinum Jubilee Weekend between June 2-5 next year. “An extended bank holiday, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone,” the palace said in a statement.

“The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service,” it said. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries, expected to include New Delhi, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June. 

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