Queen lights the first Platinum Jubilee bonfire, putting on a dazzling show across the UK

As part of the Platinum Jubilee, the lighting of the bonfires is one of the key events of the year to mark the Queen’s historic 70 year reign and while the main event will be held in London, bonfires will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals for the first time

The first of the country’s most important Platinum Jubilee bonfires was lit, sparking a dazzling display across the country to mark the Queen’s historic 70-year reign.

As part of the Platinum Jubilee, one of the most important events of the year is the lighting of the bonfires to mark the Queen’s historic 70-year reign.

Historically, beacons were used to communicate between villages and towns, although today they are used as a symbol of union and peace.

The beacons are scheduled to take to the skies from tonight through Sunday 5 June.

The Overseas Territories and Commonwealth beacons are lit at 21:15 local time, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Anchor Chain at 21:30 and the beacons along Hadrian’s Wall at 22:00.

While the main event will be held in London, for the first time, bonfires will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals.







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This on five continents, which underlines the importance of the event.

Locations also include the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories, Australia and more.

The beacons cap the first day of the anniversary celebrations, with the Queen beaming as she opened her events by joining her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour.

She chatted with her great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while standing alongside Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other senior royals to watch the RAF flyby.







The Queen prepares to light the main bonfire of the Jubilee at Buckingham Palace
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Queen Elizabeth lights the first bonfire of the anniversary
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However, after experiencing “discomfort” she will miss Friday’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The 96-year-old monarch, who has struggled with mobility in recent months, made the decision “with great reluctance,” officials said.

The service will take place on the second day of celebrations for her 70th jubilee.

The Queen was pictured smiling alongside senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade and flyby, but the day took its toll.







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A source said she was experiencing “episodic mobility issues” which forced her to make the “regrettable but sensible” decision not to attend tomorrow’s service.

It is not known if the sovereign will miss further events related to her seven decades as head of state.

A senior palace spokesman said: “The Queen thoroughly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast but had some complaints.







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“Considering the travel and activities required to attend tomorrow’s national Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has decided with great reluctance that she will not attend.

“The Queen is delighted to be attending today’s Beacon Lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion.”

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