What to know about Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee
Jhe long-awaited Platinum Jubilee, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign on the British throne, began on Thursday with a large-scale military parade in honor of the monarch’s official birthday and will end with a carnival-themed show with over 10,000 performers on Sunday night.
Tens of thousands of street parties are expected to take place across the UK this weekend to celebrate England’s longest-serving monarch, a feat Elizabeth achieved in 2015 after overtaking Queen Victoria, who ruled for more than 63 years. Elizabeth has now ruled for 70 years, becoming queen after her father, King George VI, died when she was 25. His coronation took place on June 2, 1953, and his actual birthday is April 21.
The 96-year-old Queen’s health condition has already limited her attendance at some events.
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Key events for the rest of the Jubilee weekend:
Saturday: The Epsom Derby was a highlight for the Queen, who is an avid horse racer. However, the Queen will watch the race from Windsor Castle, the palace announced on Friday. Queen Anne’s daughter, the Princess Royal, will represent the crown in place of the Queen. Anne was a competitive equestrian as a young adult and even competed in the Olympics in 1976.
On Saturday night, a massive concert will be staged, with Diana Ross, Ed Sheeran and Queen + Adam Lambert set to perform.
Sunday: 16,000 street parties are expected across England, which will include a picnic. A jubilee show will feature more than 10,000 performers and a ‘River of Hope’, where secondary and primary school children created what they hope the world will look like in 70 years. It will end with a performance by Ed Sheeran, who will sing his song “Perfect” in tribute to Queen Elizabeth and her late husband, Prince Philip. He will then lead the country in a final rendition of the English national anthem, “God Save the Queen”.
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How to watch Jubilee events this weekend:
People can watch major events through hello america on ABC, according to vogue. There are also YouTube streams of some events, and some coverage is expected on major networks as well.
Saturday’s Palace concert will air at 2:30 p.m. EDT or 11:30 a.m. PDT, and can be watched live on ABC or via BBC One. However, fans who can’t watch the concert live can watch it on Hulu on Sunday.
The Jubilee Pageant will air via BBC One and ABC News Digital at 9 a.m. EDT or 6 a.m. PDT.
Where are Harry and Meghan:
The royal couple promised the Queen that they would be present for official events in an attempt to keep a low profile. During the thanksgiving service on Friday morning, the couple were present but were seated opposite Prince William and Prince Charles and behind other senior members of the royal family. They also attended the ‘Trooping the Colour’ event on Thursday morning, but haven’t been on the balcony with working royals since stepping away from royal life in 2020.
The couple and their two children, Archie and Lilibet, named after the Queen’s childhood nickname, are staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, near the Queen’s Windsor Castle. On Saturday, the couple will be at the star-studded concert with their children but will probably not be spotted during the day in order to celebrate Lilibet’s first birthday in private. It is unclear whether the Queen will also celebrate her great-granddaughter’s birthday. The Queen first met Lilibet on Thursday, although she saw her via video calls ahead of the meeting.
The couple and their children are also set to attend the Jubilee Show on Sunday evening.
Other ways the country and the Commonwealth are celebrating England’s oldest and most beloved monarch:
Several monuments lit up in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee this week. Stonehenge and London’s Marble Arch projected images of the Queen onto their monuments in celebration. In Australia, one of the Commonwealth countries, more than 80 monuments have been lit up in royal purple in honor of the Queen. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said he will rename Canberra’s Aspen Island in honor of the Queen.
Malaysia also celebrated Queen Elizabeth by hosting a dinner on June 2. British Malaysia Society also held a Platinum Jubilee Charity Golf Day, and members of the British Armed Forces based at Butterworth Air Force Base will host a garden party with staff and families, according to a UK press release. .
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The jubilee also included a route of 19 statues of corgis – the Queen’s favorite breed of dog. She had over 30 corgis during her reign.
The 54 members of the British Commonwealth of Nations lit beacons in the unifying honor of the Queen’s Jubilee on Thursday evening.