Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
On 6th February 2022, Her Majesty The Queen became the first monarch in British history to reach the Platinum Jubilee landmark.
The milestone marks 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Realms. Currently, The Queen is Head of State in fifteen countries, including the UK, with her primary responsibilities being:
- Appointing new ministers, including the Prime Minister
- Opening new sessions of parliament
- Giving royal assent to any bills passed in parliament
- Remaining neutral to political matters
- Reinforcing Commonwealth links
Various events, activities and initiatives will take place throughout the year to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign. Brits will also be given two days off work, culminating a four-day bank holiday weekend to commemorate her 70 years of service.
History of Royal Jubilees
Royal Jubilees mark a significant period in a monarch’s reign, honouring their life, service and contribution to the state.
Few British monarchs have lived to see their Golden Jubilee, which marks 50 years of service. Records show that George III was the first monarch to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. This tradition was followed by King Henry III, King Edward III, King James VI, Queen Victoria and HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The number of monarchs that have celebrated their Diamond Jubilee is even rarer. Besides Queen Elizabeth II, only Queen Victoria achieved 60 years of service and life as a monarchy, celebrating the anniversary on 20th June 1897.
Did you know that until 2015, Queen Victoria was the longest-reigning monarch? In that year, her record was surpassed by HM The Queen.
HM Queen Elizabeth II has had several significant jubilee celebrations, marking her Silver Jubilee in 1977; Golden Jubilee in 2002; Diamond Jubilee in 2012; Sapphire Jubilee in 2017, and now her Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
She was the first monarch to celebrate 65 years of service and set a new record in 2022, with 6th February 2022 marking 70 years since she acceded her father, King George VI, to the throne.
After hitting the landmark, The Queen said:
“As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.”
Having ruled for longer than any other British monarch, the Queen has become a notable and respected figure worldwide. Take a look at some of the events happening across the UK to celebrate her life, service and achievements:
Platinum Jubilee Celebration – Thursday 12th May – Saturday 15th May
In the second week of May, approximately 1,000 performers and 500 horses will showcase a 90-minute piece of arena theatre in Windsor Home Park to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The piece will feature various actors, artists, musicians, dancers, international military and global equestrian displays.
It will represent the fourth in a series of events staged at Windsor celebrating significant moments in QEII’s reign, covering her life from infancy to the present day. The Queen’s Players are set to lead the story.
Various countries will be represented, from India to Caribbean nations and Canada, with the director of the production Simon Brooks-Ward, stating that he hopes “the event will be fun for all and act as a counterpoint to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Queen’s Birthday Parade – Thursday 2nd June
On the first Thursday of June, more than 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses will troop through London to mark The Queen’s official birthday.
The parade will see over 1,500 beacons set off into the sky across the UK and its overseas territories. For the first time in history, beacons will also be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capital cities.
Cazoo Derby – Saturday 4th June
Epsom Downs Racecourse will celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s reign during the world-renowned Derby Festival as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend.
The Jockey Club began planning for the special occasion last year, and tens of thousands of racegoers are expected to join The Queen at the beloved racecourse on Derby Day.
Further initiatives to mark the Platinum Jubilee include a live concert from Buckingham Palace, staged by the BBC. Some of the biggest stars from the world of entertainment are set to grace the hallowed turf and celebrate her seven-decade reign.
Several projects have already got underway, including The Queen’s Green Canopy.
The Queen’s Green Canopy
Tens of thousands of trees have already been planted across Britain as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy project.
Everyone from individuals to schools, Girlguiding and Scout groups, cities, villages and corporate businesses were encouraged to join the unique tree planting initiative, which commenced in October 2021.
The last 70 new oak trees were planted by Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot Racecourse, Sir Francis Brooke Bt., and Paul Sedgwick, Deputy Ranger & Managing Director of Windsor & Rural, Crown Estate.
The trees can be found alongside the Royal Procession route from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse, which occurs annually during Royal Ascot.
Her Majesty The Queen has a long association with Windsor, having spent most of her childhood in the town, and attended Royal Ascot every year but twice during her 70-year reign.
The Queen’s love of horses has been widely documented, with close sources saying that her passion for riding emerged when she started riding a Shetland pony at four-years-old.
She owns many horses and has seen considerable success during her reign, especially at Royal Ascot. The Royal Ascot faithful will undoubtedly remember Estimate’s Gold Cup victory in 2013.
Estimate went on to achieve a hat-trick of wins at the Royal Meeting, following in the footsteps of Aureole and Whitechapel. Choir Boy was The Queen’s first Royal Ascot winner and started a spell of wins for Her Majesty, culminating in 71 winners since ascending the throne.
During her reign, the Queen has earned more than £8 million in prize money, with 527 winning horses to date.
Recently, she was advised to give up one of her favourite hobbies – horse riding – due to health scares and her frailty.
Still, while Her Majesty has had to reduce her royal duties and devolve them upon other members of the Royal Family, she was seen in excellent spirits at her most recent engagement at Windsor Castle this month.
She wore a stunning cream floral dress and was photographed with a broad smile while admiring luxury artefacts by craftwork firm Halcyon Days. Her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, was particularly fond of the brand.
We look forward to celebrating her Platinum Jubilee with her at Royal Ascot, which promises to be more memorable than ever before in 2022.