The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Mon, 30 May 2022

Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.

Year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world continue to occur as communities and people come together to celebrate The Queen's historic reign. Throughout 2022, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.

An extended bank holiday this week, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. Across the four days the celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflections on The Queen's 70 years of service.

What is a 'platinum jubilee'?

A jubilee is an anniversary to mark an important event such as the accession of a monarch to the throne. Names of valuable materials are often given to special anniversaries. For example, silver is used for a 25th anniversary, gold is for a 50th anniversary and platinum for a 70th. A platinum jubilee, which Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating in 2022, marks 70 years of her reign.

How and when did Princess Elizabeth become Queen?

King George VI died on 6 February 1952. His daughter Princess Elizabeth was only 25 years old at the time and was on a royal tour in Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Philip informed Elizabeth of her father's death, and she immediately returned to the UK as Queen, although she was not crowned until 2 June 1953. No other British monarch has lived or reigned for as long as she has, and no other female head of state has served so many years.

The Queen and the East Riding of Yorkshire

The Queen has previously visited Beverley for both the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee in 2002 though Her Majesty also visited Beverley Minster in 1950 before taking the throne. 

Silver Jubilee Visit

The Queen arrived at Beverley Station and was driven to Beverley Minster to attend a Service to Celebrate Rural Life and were received by the Vicar and the Archbishop of York. The Queen afterwards visited Saturday Market and was received by the Mayor of Beverley. Her Majesty also visited Bishop Burton College. The Queen toured the College, watching various activities and meeting the students. Afterwards Her Majesty were entertained to lunch at Beverley Racecourse by the Chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The Queen later visited the Country Fair at the Racecourse and were received by the Chairman of the Country Fair Group before attending a Reception at the Racecourse and watching The Queen's Golden Jubilee Handicap Stakes.

The  Queen at Beverley Racecourse 2002

The Jubilee celebrations

From 2 to 5 June there will be a four-day long weekend for people in the UK. There are lots of special events planned, including the Queen's Birthday Parade, which will take place on Thursday 2 June. Members of the Royal Family will travel in carriages, along with 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. The parade will leave Buckingham Palace and go along a very famous London street called The Mall. On Saturday 4 June, there will be a live concert called The Platinum Party at the Palace, where lots of celebrities will perform. On Sunday 5 June, people across the country are encouraged to hold street parties and have lunch outside with their neighbours.

What is happening in the East Riding? 

You can find out all about Jubilee events in the East Riding here


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