Full Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events: Our guide to all the celebrations near you


It’s the start of a long weekend that will go down in history – as the Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee after 70 years of service.

And the whole country will be taking part in the occasion, with thousands of events taking place across the UK and abroad.

While some will join the crowds in London, many others will attend local festivals or parties, or raise a glass to Her Majesty while watching the events on TV.

Here’s our rundown of the key events of the big bank holiday weekend so you don’t miss a thing….


10am – Trooping the Color, tthe queen’s birthday parade, Buckingham Palace

The Royal Family during Trooping the Color in 2019


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In a spectacular event to kick off the holiday celebrations, over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will parade down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guard’s Parade.

There, members of the royal family will join on horseback and in carriages, while Prince Charles will stand in for the Queen to inspect the troops on horseback.

It ends with the traditional RAF flyby, watched by the Queen and her family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Those appearing on the balcony include Charles and Camilla, as well as William and Kate with their children, but not Harry and Meghan, who were not invited to join the senior royals.

21:45 – Illumination of the Platinum Jubilee Beacons

Buckingham Palace will be the focus of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations


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More than 2,022 bonfires will be lit across Britain, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in recognition of the Queen’s service.

Members of the royal family will watch the lighting of the main bonfire in the mall in front of the palace – a 21 meter tall tree-of-trees sculpture.

At 9.30pm local time, beacons will also be lit in the British Overseas Territories, including one in each of the capital cities of all 54 Commonwealth countries.

Simultaneously with the lighting of a beacon, a new song for the Commonwealth is sung by choirs in all Commonwealth countries.

The Queen will lead the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon from Windsor Castle, with Prince William representing her at the ceremony in central London.


11:30 – thanksgiving service, St. Paul’s Cathedral

A thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul’s on Friday


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St. Paul’s will hold a service expressing gratitude for the Queen’s rule, faith and service, with Bible readings, hymns, prayers and hymns.

The event will be the biggest gathering of the royal family since Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018. The Sussexes are expected to attend but it is not known if they will be joined by their two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one, on Saturday.

The Queen is understood to be keen to attend the service, although her attendance has yet to be confirmed.

Great Paul, the country’s largest church bell, will run for a royal event for the first time.

After the service, the royal family will travel to Guildhall for a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of London.


17:30 – The Derby at Epsom Downs

The Queen at the 2008 Epsom Derby


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The Queen, one of the highlights of English racing and a firm favorite of Her Majesty, was due to attend the Epsom Derby, where she was to be greeted at the track with a special guard of honour, including 40 of her past and present jockeys.

However, it is now reportedly “increasingly unlikely” that she will travel to Epsom, with Princess Anne expected to represent the family on her behalf.

It is only the third time in her reign that she has missed the race as the 96-year-old monarch tries to get in the mood for the weekend’s celebrations.

The passionate horse breeder Queen will also do without a starter in this year’s Derby after her star stallion Reach For The Moon suffered a setback in training.

8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, Buckingham Palace

The concert will take place in front of Buckingham Palace



The most star-studded event of the bank holiday weekend, the open-air concert at Buckingham Palace will be directed by Diana Ross and will feature stars of stage, film and sport including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham and Dame Julie Andrews.

Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David and George Ezra will also perform on the show’s three stages, as will Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder and Diversity. There will also be a specially recorded performance by Sir Elton John.

The show, hosted by Kirsty Young and Ronan Kemp and broadcast live on the BBC, will have an audience of 22,000 people, including 10,000 tickets allocated by public voting and over 7,500 tickets for key workers, members of the armed forces, Volunteers and Charities.

The stages are linked by 70 lighted columns representing Her Majesty’s 70 year reign. The Queen is not expected to be there, instead watching on TV from Windsor Castle. However, we will likely see other members of the royal family there.


12 o’clock – The big anniversary dinner

The Queen’s reign is being celebrated 70 years after her coronation



Communities across the country hold jubilee tea parties to honor the Queen’s reign.

More than 85,000 people have signed up to host the Big Jubilee Lunches across the UK, with around 16,000 street parties to take place. And more than 600 international luncheons are planned around the world, including in Canada, Brazil and New Zealand.

In Bognor Regis, organizers of a seaside street party will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest street party.

Prince Charles and Camila will attend a luncheon at The Oval Cricket Ground in south London, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex will join residents for a luncheon at Windsor Castle.

14:30-17:00 – Platinum Anniversary Competition

The golden state carriage passes the Houses of Parliament earlier during a rehearsal for Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant



The final event of the jubilee weekend will see over 5,000 performers from across the UK and Commonwealth parade through central London to celebrate seven decades of the Queen’s reign.

The 3km carnival procession will feature a cast of thousands, including puppets and celebrities, and will move from Horse Guards Parade along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down the Mall to the Palace.

The pageant also includes a River of Hope procession, with children carrying 200 silk flags, while buses will carry some of the biggest names in British show business for each decade of the Queen’s reign.

Celebrities attending include Sir Cliff Richard, Katherine Jenkins, Holly Willoughby, Gary Lineker, Sir Mo Farah and Professor Green.

On the occasion of the Queen’s coronation in 1953, the bells of Westminster Abbey will also ring before the mounted band of the Household Cavalry leads the Gold State Coach along a crowded route back to Buckingham Palace.

Ed Sheeran will perform there before a gospel choir will join the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines in singing the national anthem outside the Queen’s official residence.

It is reported that the anniversary will end with a balcony appearance from the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.


Brits across the UK are gearing up for street parties this weekend


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The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform a program of works by John Suchet, including music from the coronation and some of the Queen’s favorite songs (Thursday, 7.30pm).

The city’s Victoria Square hosts four days of festivities including rides, bands, choirs and games, as well as food and drink stalls.


Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester is hosting a party during the anniversary weekend from 11am to 7pm with a market, live music and dance performances, food and drink. The city is also home to the Queen’s Jubilee Trail, which consists of 10 stunning exhibitions inspired by the Queen’s 70 years of service, stretching across the city centre.


Families are invited to gather for a picnic in the grounds of St Thomas’ Church in Newcastle on Thursday at 6pm, before a “spectacular” night of entertainment including live performances and street theatre.

Picnics are held across the country




Singer Jane McDonald will lead Yorkshire’s Platinum Jubilee Concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theater with a host of special guests including musical stars The Barricade Boys and stage sensation La Vox (Saturday, 6pm).


Norfolk Heritage Park hosts the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Show, a free outdoor event with activities including a Wheel of Death show, a children’s craft tent and a Jubilee Beacon ceremony (Thursday, 1pm-10pm).

The Sheffield Food Festival is also taking place in the city center during the anniversary weekend and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.


A jubilee street party takes place every day over the bank holiday weekend at the Summer in the Square food and drink market in Liverpool’s Exchange Flags. Seven beacons will also illuminate Liverpool’s waterfront on Thursday evening while the Royal Albert Dock hosts a Royal Weekender of food, drink and live music.


Every day there is celebration at Nottingham Castle and its grounds, including open-air installations, artworks between the trees, craft workshops and impromptu storytelling. Meanwhile, a major open-air exhibition in Old Market Square between Friday and Saturday will celebrate the Queen’s visits to Nottingham over the past 70 years.



8pm The Repair Shop Jubilee Special, BBC1

12:15 pm Bargain hunt anniversary special


10:00 am The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour, BBC1

7.30pm Eastenders Jubilee Special, BBC1

8pm Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee, BBC1

10.40pm The Queen: 70 Glorious Years (R), BBC1


9.15am The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: A Service of Thanksgiving, BBC1

5 p.m. Blue Peter anniversary takeover! CBBC

6.45pm The One Show: Anniversary Special, BBC1

7.30pm The Crown Jewels, BBC1


00:40 The Epsom Derby, ITV

5pm The National Lottery Jubilee Street Party, ITV

7.30pm Platinum Party at the Palace, BBC1

10.45pm Elizabeth: The Golden Age, ITV


12.10pm Songs of praise: Platinum Jubilee Special, BBC1

1pm The Platinum Competition, BBC1

8pm Platinum Jubilee: What a weekend! BBC2

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