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Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 25 June 2022 | 0 Comments

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25 June 2022

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service with people all over the world involved in marking her most historic reign.

Since her Accession to the throne on June 2nd 1953, the Queen’s reign has been punctuated by an unprecedented series of milestones - all of them a cause for celebration and reflection. Such events help reinforce the Sovereign's role as a focus for national identity and unity as people across the Commonwealth come together to mark an important occasion for their Head of State. 

In 1977 The Queen's Silver Jubilee was marked with celebrations throughout the UK and Commonwealth. Special church services marked the occasion for a month q it’s The Queen spendingtime at Windsor with her family before a full jubilee calendar of events took place across a sun-soakedsummer of 1977. 

In 2002, the Golden Jubileewas celebrated with a packed programme of events to signify fifty years of The Queen's reign. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh undertook extensive tours of the Commonwealth and the UK in an extraordinarily busy year for the royal couple. For her subjects, the central focus was the Jubilee weekend in June 2002 which began with a classical music concert in the gardens at Buckingham Palace. Events culminated in a pop concert at Buckingham Palace with performers including Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, Elton John and Shirley Bassey. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display and The Queen lighting the National Beacon, the last in a string of 2,006 beacons which had been lit in a chain across the Commonwealth. 

In 2006 the Queen celebrated her official 80th birthday on 17 June. A number of events took place to celebrate the birthday, including a programme around Her Majesty's actual birthday on 21 April. A unique Children's Party at the Palace was held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the magic of books. 2,000 children were invited, and a stage performance – during which The Queen made a cameo appearance – was broadcast live on the BBC. Other unique events included a celebration with others of her generation who had similarly led a life of service and dedication at a 'Service over sixty' reception hosted by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. The Queen received almost 40,000 birthday messages from members of the public during her 80th birthday year.  

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 20 November 2007. Events to mark the anniversary included a Service of Celebration at Westminster Abbey followed by the unveiling of a new Jubilee Walkway panoramic panel in Parliament Square.  The couple also returned to the location of their honeymoon: Broadlands in Hampshire, home of Prince Philip’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten, to recreate the photographs which had been taken 60 years previously.  

The Diamond Jubilee in 2012 was marked with a spectacular central weekend and a series of regional tours throughout the UK and Commonwealth. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh travelled as widely as possible across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, visiting every region during 2012 whilst other members of the Royal Family visited all of the Commonwealth realms (countries where The Queen is Head of State) between them. The central weekend began with The Queen’s visit to the Epsom Derby on the Saturday. On the Sunday, ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ were held across the UK: at which people were encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant comrised of up to 1,000 boats assembled on the Thames with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Barge which formed the centerpiece of the flotilla. 

On the Monday, a host of famous faces came together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace for a concert organised by Take That singer and songwriter Gary Barlow for the BBC. Following the concert, The Queen lit the National Beacon: one of a network of 2,012 Beacons which were lit by communities and individuals throughout the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.  

The Queen became Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch on 9th September 2015. The day was treated as any other day as The Queen and Prince Philip travelled by steam train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, where she formally opened the new Scottish Borders Railway 

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on 21 April 2016 and her official birthday on 11 June 2016, the second day of three days of national celebrations. 

The 6th February 2017 marked The Queen’sSapphire Jubilee-65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne becoming the first British Monarch to mark do so. To coincide with the occasion Buckingham Palace re-released a photograph of Her Majesty taken by David Bailey in 2014. In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947. 

The Year 2022 marks Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and a celebration of 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. This special extended bank holiday weekend will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone for the world’s most cherished Monarch. Events include a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3rd June with Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, rung for the Service.

On Saturday 4th June, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend The Derby at Epsom Downs. There will be a Platinum Party at the Palace which will air live across the BBC network. The celebration will see famous faces from the world of entertainment brought together to perform for a night of musical tributes.

On Sunday 5th June, over 10-million people are expected to host a Big Jubilee Lunch with events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to back garden BBQ’s and everything in between. There are also 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond - from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland. There is also Platinum Jubilee Pageant, featuring the Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort. The Pageant will culminate with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ and a gospel choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. 

The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will continue for the Platinum Jubilee. 

The Publisher and staff at Caribbean World magazine would like to take this opportunity to give deep thanks to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her lifetime of incredible service. We wish her well in her Platinum Jubilee year and will be honouring her 70 year reign over the special extended bank holiday weekend.

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