Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee takes place this year, marking 70 years since her Ascension to the throne. As the longest reigning British Monarch, a host of special events and activities are taking place during the bank holiday weekend and across the summer to commemorate this extraordinary anniversary.
Visit the Royal Residences
From 22nd July to 2nd October, The State Rooms will display portraits by Dorothy Wilding taken after The Queen’s Accession in 1952. The exhibition will also feature The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara – a gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck on her marriage to King George V in 1893.
Windsor Castle is hosting a special exhibition Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation from 7th July to 26th September to mark the momentous occasion.
Discover the exquisite Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by Her Majesty during the 1953 Coronation at Westminster Abbey. Made from white duchesse satin, the Dress is embroidered with floral emblems and adorned with pearls, sequins, and crystals. The purple silk velvet of the Robe features an intricate design of wheat ears and olive branches.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Enjoy outfits worn by the Queen to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees at the official royal residence in Scotland between July and September.
The exhibition features a pink dress, coat and stole worn by the Queen at the Service of Thanksgiving on the 25th anniversary of her Accession.
See The Birthday Parade
As is tradition, The Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place on Thursday 2nd June at 10am. While the ceremony itself is ticketed, the Royal Family will parade down The Mall in carriages along with more than 1,200 parading soldiers and hundreds of musicians. The procession will end with a Royal Gun Salute which the royals will watch from the palace balcony.
If you can’t make it, watch it on the large screen in St James’s Park or live on television.
Attend a Street Party
‘Share friendship, food and fun with neighbours’ at The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June. With world record attempts and plenty of BBQs, over 10 million people are expected to join in on the celebrations with their community. Find your nearest street party or better yet, host your own. Let’s hope the weather holds out!
Go Down the Pub
In true British style, pubs in England and Wales will stay open until 1am on the bank holiday weekend. Raise a glass to Her Majesty and enjoy the country-wide celebrations.
Enjoy a very British Afternoon Tea
There’s nothing more quintessentially British than a scrumptious Afternoon Tea. So, take in the sights and delight in fresh scones, a variety of teas and a glass of bubbly.
Explore London like a Royal
From a Royal walking tour to the State Rooms, the Jubilee is a spectacular opportunity to learn more about the royal history and heritage of the UK. Discover the full list of activities and events here.
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