The nation is ready to celebrate as we approach the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and a blockbuster summer lies ahead even before the packed official weekend begins.
From doo-wop tea dances and a 70-vehicle vintage series – one from each year of the Queen’s reign – to plenty of pageant action and concerts, here’s your ultimate guide to the Platinum Jubilee events…
The RAF Cosford Airshow in Wolverhampton returns this summer to tell the 70-year history of aviation and royalty. Visitors can get hands-on experience with immersive storytelling.
When: Sunday 12 June. Tickets £34.
Sing along at the tower
The renowned Chapels Royal Choir at the Tower of London will perform a concert reflecting the themes of the Coronation and Queenhood in the historic Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula – the burial site of some of the most famous prisoners executed at the Tower, including Queen Elizabeth I Mother, Anne Boleyn.
When: Thursday 28 April. Tickets £25.
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Win an Anniversary Medal
At the Platinum Jubilee 70K Ultra Run in Portsmouth – which has seen participants run a kilometer every year since the Queen’s accession to the throne – and receive a jubilee medal at the finish line.
Other events include a 20km multisport run, a 5km kayak and a 45km bike ride.
When: Sunday, June 5th Entry price of £40 includes ferry crossing.
Queen’s Concertfavorite tunes
In 1958, the Queen attended the glittering gala performance of My Fair Lady on London’s Drury Lane – and enjoyed the songs so much she could have danced the night away!
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at the Symphony Hall to celebrate the Queen’s love of musicals as well as many of her other favorite songs.
Plus music played at the 1953 Coronation and a bagpipe solo courtesy of Sir Pieter Maxwell Davies, composer of Master of the Queen’s Music, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise.
When: Thursday 2 June. Tickets start at £13.
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Whitby’s Hetty and Betty Ballrooom hosts the Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party as it transforms into the ultimate doo-wop party palace, taking guests back to the merriment heralded by Britain’s new female monarch.
After afternoon tea with Prosecco, guests can enjoy old tunes like Fred Astaire’s Cheek to Cheek and Vera Lynn’s White Cliffs of Dover.
Lead singer Christopher Stewart says: “We’ll also be playing In A Golden Coach There’s a Heart of Gold, a song written for her coronation, some 1960s pop that I’ve read the Queen is a fan of, and some cheeky numbers like Dancing Queen.”
When: Friday 3 June. Tickets from £26.64.
70 cars for 70 years of car running
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70 British cars – one from each year of the Queen’s reign – will travel 70 miles across Cornwall from Bodmin to Penzance.
One of the earliest engines in the race is a 1952 MG TD, and the newest is a 2022 electric Jaguar.
Organized by the Rotary Club of Bodmin, the event honors the Queen’s work in the Army as a mechanic and driver during World War II.
Co-organiser Peter Old says: “We wanted to represent the Queen’s service in the army and interest in the British motor industry and of course she deserves it!”
When: Sunday, June 5th Entry price of £25 includes free bacon butties, a Monte Carlo style car plaque and commemorative mug.
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A few days after her coronation, the Queen visited Epsom Downs racecourse to watch her first runner in the Derby. Aureole, bred by her late father, King George VI, finished second.
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Accompanied by family members, The Queen will join racing fans on Derby Day in Epsom – part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend 2022
Phil White, who runs Epsom as London Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “To be given this opportunity to celebrate their contribution to horse racing, British life and the Commonwealth is a real honor for us all.”
When: Saturday June 4th. Tickets start at £26.
Tractor rides and alpacas
Amelia Trust Farm and Donkey Sanctuary will host a festival honoring the Queen’s love for the countryside, including a special trail, tractor rides, lawn games, food and drink and craft stalls.
Visitors to the farm in Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales can see the farm’s animals – donkeys, pigs and alpacas
When: Monday, May 30th. Tickets start from £5.
Red Hot Chili Pipers and motorcycle display
TV presenter Stephen Mulhern will host a platinum anniversary celebration in a newly constructed arena on the site of a former open pit mine.
Inspired by National Pride, the Platinum Jubilee Youth Spectacular at St Ninians, near Kelty, Fife, features performers including the Red Hot Chili Pipers, Massed Army Cadet Force Brass and Woodwind Bands – 100 musicians from across the UK.
The Imps Motorcycle Display Team will also demonstrate their impressive skills.
The event will also feature Boy Scouts, Guides, the Boys Brigade and Police Cadets, and Highland Dances.
When: Saturday & Sunday 18 & 19 June
Vintage garden party
Her Majesty visited Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland and Gardens on her 1953 Coronation Tour – with a vintage garden party.
In the state hall of the castle, visitors can view a replica of the state dinner of the time and the tableware includes the dessert service that was originally used.
An official gun salute begins before a vintage party in the same garden setting as it was 69 years ago – and learn how to swing dance.
When: Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th. Tickets start from £17.
Party at the palace
An evening kneeling in the grounds of Buckingham Palace will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate key moments from the Queen’s seven-decade reign.
No names have been announced yet – but it promises to be even bigger and better than the Diamond Jubilee, when the nation was entertained by Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.
And who can forget Madness performing on the palace roof?
When: Saturday, June 4th
Big street party
The Manchester Arena floor is transformed into a street party space with comedian Jason Manford and singer Fleur East hosting the National Lottery’s big anniversary street party.
The confirmed cast includes Kaiser Chiefs, Becky Hill, Steps, Tom Grennan, House Gospel Choir, Calum Scott, Nathan Dawe and Ella Henderson.
When: Thursday 12 May
A gallop through royal history
More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute piece of arena theater in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The show will consist of actors, musicians, international military displays, dancers and worldwide equestrian displays from the Elizabethan period to the present day.
The four-day event is sold out, but the final performance will be televised.
When: Sunday May 15 on ITV.
The platinum competition
The Platinum Pageant will be a spectacle like no other.
More of a carnival than a parade, it tells the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign with the help of 5,000 people from across Britain and the Commonwealth – and you could be one of them.
Volunteers are being sought to represent and bring to life each of the seven decades of the Queen’s reign – from jivers to ravers – as well as street performers to dress up as famous faces of the era.
They also invite children to take part in the River of Hope procession, in which 200 silk flags are carried down the Mall, imitating a flowing river.
And elementary and secondary school children are invited to share their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years.
When: Sunday, June 5th
Glide through 20 million blooming flowers
There are currently 20 million seeds for Superbloom being sown in the moat of the Tower of London – so by the time June arrives the area will be a dazzling field of colour. Visitors can grab a mat and slide down the ditch — or you can choose the more conventional route of entry — on foot.
When: Wednesday 1st June to Sunday 18th September.
Cheers and ridicule at the anniversary tournament
See one of Henry VIII’s favorite sporting activities in action at Hampton Court Palace Gardens, where knights from across the country will compete for five days to celebrate the Jubilee.
The overall winner will be announced on the last day.
When: Wednesday June 1st to Sunday June 5th. Tickets from £26.10.
Record-breaking Big Lunch
The Windsor Big Lunch will be one of thousands of big lunches across the UK over the anniversary weekend – but this one is expected to be the biggest ever and a Guinness Book of Records entry.
The lunch includes a 500-meter table — 100 meters longer than the previous record at the May International Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2019.
Tables on the Long Walk can be reserved, or you can bring your own picnic blankets and soak up the atmosphere as the Platinum Pageant is shown on huge outdoor screens.
When: Sunday, June 5th
Ride a purple steam train
The Severn Valley Railway is holding celebrations at all of their stations and will unveil one of their steam trains as the newly renamed Elizabeth II – complete with a new purple livery.
The Battle of Britain Memorial flypast will see a Lancaster cruising the railway, as well as a beacon procession and rock ‘n’ roll bands playing classic 1950s hits at each station.
When: Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th. Day pass £34.20.
Best of British Proms in the Park
Soprano Christina Johnston and live musicians will entertain visitors at Ipswich’s Wherstead Park. Enjoy classics like Land of Hope and Glory, Abide with Me, Nimrod, God Save the Queen, Jerusalem, You’ll Never Walk Alone.
When: Saturday June 4th. Tickets start at £5.
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