The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which took place from 2-5 June, featured an incredible range of events. There was something for everyone to enjoy, from a spectacular, open-air concert at the Queen’s primary residence, Buckingham Palace, in the heart of London, to thousands of street parties across the UK.
The Jubilee’s uplifting mood undoubtedly captured the public’s imagination. Millions flocked to London, while millions more watched events from home. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant was particularly inspiring: it brought together more than 10,000 performers and famous faces – including many who’ve received elite titles and honours from the monarch herself – for an epic journey through British history and culture.
Broadcast live on TV, the majestic pageant ‘was watched by a staggering 8.7 million people,’ reports the Daily Mail. Its appeal is clear – where else could you see Dame Joan Collins, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame ‘Twiggy’ Lawson, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Idris Elba and the Daleks from Doctor Who all partying together!
Highlights from a Historic Occasion
The Platinum Jubilee may have drawn to a close, but many Royal Family fans here and abroad are keen to relive the highlights.
We’re pleased to present our pick of the best royal moments from this historic occasion, during which millions of us showed our appreciation for the Queen, the first British monarch to reign for 70 years.
Awe-Inspiring Military Flypast
The Platinum Jubilee edition of the annual Trooping the Colour parade on 2 June featured hundreds of soldiers and horses putting on an amazingly skilful, synchronised display. And as if that wasn’t breathtaking enough, it was followed by an unforgettable flypast.
The aircraft included the iconic Red Arrows, which left red, white and blue smoke trails in the sky to evoke the British flag. But perhaps most stunning of all were the 15 Typhoons flying in a ‘70’ formation.
Watching the spectacle from Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony, the Queen, accompanied by some of her closest relatives, such as Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, looked delighted.
The Queen Starts a Chain of Light
Later on 2 June, the Queen launched the Platinum Jubilee beacon-lighting event. In the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, the monarch touched a model of the Earth resting on top of a crown. This symbolic gesture set in motion a chain of light that reached Buckingham Palace. At the end of the chain was the Tree of Trees, a sculpture celebrating the planting of 1 million trees in honour of the Jubilee.
In a stunning show of unity, over 3,000 beacons were then lit across the UK and Commonwealth.
Harry and Meghan Wow the Crowds
The next day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took part in their first joint public engagement in the UK since stepping down as full-time working royals in 2020. The elite couple, who’d flown from the US especially for the Platinum Jubilee, were guests at the thanksgiving service for the Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
‘Huge cheers’ were heard as the Sussexes arrived, noted the Independent. The medals pinned to the Duke’s blazer were a reminder of his distinguished military career. The Duchess looked the picture of elegance in a Dior coat dress and hat.
As Harry and Meghan walked hand-in-hand through St Paul’s, past hundreds of other guests, all eyes were on them.
Paddington Bear Takes Tea with the Queen
Shortly before the Platinum Party at the Palace concert got underway on 4 June, two British icons enjoyed a quintessentially British repast: afternoon tea. This was part of a humorous sketch in which the Queen met Paddington Bear, Michael Bond’s beloved storybook character, and displayed marvellous comic timing.
You may also recognise the footman – he’s actor Simon Farnaby, who stars in the acclaimed BBC comedy Ghosts. He appears in the Paddington films and co-wrote the second one.
Although Paddington demonstrated his tendency to cause chaos, he and the Queen bonded over marmalade sandwiches – and we discovered the monarch keeps hers in her famous black handbag!
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