No monarch has achieved 70 years of service in British history.
The Queen, then 25, ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, at the death of her father, King George VI.
Breaking his time spent on the throne of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years and seven months, he became the longest reigning British monarch in 2015.
In recognition of the milestone event, Buckingham Palace is pulling all the stops. Here is what you need to know.
whats going on?
According to the palace, the weekend will feature various public events and social activities and “moments of national reflection” about the Queen’s seven decades of sovereignty.
Upcoming celebrations will be the Queen’s first ceremony without her husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021.
Many ceremonies since the accession to the throne in 1952 have halted the Queen’s reign: the Silver Jubilee, which ended 25 years in 1977; 50th Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002; And the Diamond Jubilee commemorates his 60th birthday a decade ago.
The king wanted to celebrate other annual festivals such as his Ruby Jubilee (40 years in 1992) and Sapphire Jubilee (65 years in 2017) with minimal fanfare and without public events.
The Queen’s private gardens – including Sandringham House and Palmoral Castle – combine with jubilee themed events.
What events are planned?
Thursday, June 2
More than 1,200 officers from the Queen’s personal troops, the Household Division, several hundred military musicians and 240 horses will attend. “Color” – or Regiment Flag – created by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. The procession began at Buckingham Palace, moving from the mall to the cavalry parade, joined by members of the royal family in horses and chariots.
Upon returning from the parade ground, the Queen and members of the royal family will appear on their usual balcony. The event will fly over the palace.
Later, 1,500 beacons will be loaded in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas regions of the UK. The main lamp will be lit at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Loading lighthouses in long-running royal traditions used to mark jubilees, weddings and coronation ceremonies. Lighthouses will also be installed in the capitals of the Commonwealth.
Friday, June 3
A Thanksgiving service to pay tribute to the Queen’s long reign will be held with family members at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday, June 4
Many members of the royal family are expected to head to the Epsom Towns Racing Stadium in the afternoon for the 243rd edition of its famous horse racing derby. Rani, an avid horse breeder, has been a regular visitor to the event and has even presented the trophy, which has been popular in recent years.
In the evening, the two-and-a-half-hour “Platinum Party at the Palace” concert will feature a row of stars embedded in three stages built in front of Buckingham Palace and the famous Queen Victoria Monument. Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys and Diana Rose are among the artists who have performed their biggest hits on the show, which will be broadcast live by the BBC. About 22,000 people will attend the concert, including 10,000 who received tickets through a referendum; 5,000 tickets were allocated to key staff.
June 5, Sunday
To conclude the celebrations, on Sunday, people are encouraged to organize street parties as part of the “Big Jubilee Lunch” initiative. Community gatherings are set to take place across the UK, including major events in London and Cornwall’s Eden project – the place where the idea for lunch emerged. “Big Jubilee Lunches” are planned around the world, from Canada to Brazil to South Africa and Japan.
When will we see the Queen?
It is not yet known exactly when we will see the Queen over the weekend.
It is not certain whether he will play safely for the Jubilee and attend various ceremonies.
Which royal family attends the celebrations?
Most senior royal family members are expected to attend the Jubilee weekend events in central London. The Queen will send Cambridge to Wales, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex to Northern Ireland, and Princess Anne to Scotland, and during the four-day orgy to some four countries.
And after much speculation, it has been confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children will fly back to England for the celebrations.
The Queen has decided that only the royal family performing official duties will appear on the balcony of the famed Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade on Thursday. So we expect the Queen to see her three children – Charles, Edward and Anne – as well as Prince William and Kate and their children and many other relatives of the King.
Hannah Ryan of CNN contributed to this report.