Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Key Times for Official Celebrations | Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Key Times for Official Celebrations | Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

As Britain kicks off a four-day weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, here are the key times for the official celebrations.

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10am The holiday will begin with the color parade. The parade of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards will feature more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division, hundreds of army musicians and 240 horses. A royal salute will be fired during the parade. Members of the Royal Family will leave Buckingham Palace around 10.30am. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the Royal Family as the Queen’s alternate Prince of Wales, who will not attend the ceremony, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. It will be the first opportunity for the public to see Harry, Meghan, William and Kate all together since the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from the UK two years ago.

Members of the public wishing to watch the proceedings in person are invited to stand on the Mall or at the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade from 9am. Alternatively, there will be big screens in St James’s Park, Bute Park in Cardiff and Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. Or, from the comfort of your sofa, tune in for live coverage on BBC One.

1 p.m. After the parade, working members of the Royal Family – so not the Sussexes or Prince Andrew – will appear on the balcony for a flypast of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force as 70 planes fly overhead the palace.

From 20h In keeping with Royal Jubilee tradition, more than 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to form a ‘chain of lights’ . Fifty-four beacons will be lit in Commonwealth capitals. The “main lighthouse” – a 21 meter “Tree of Trees” sculpture by designer Thomas Heatherwick – will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace by Prince William on the orders of the Queen, who will report to Windsor Castle. The ceremony will bring together members of the royal family around 9:25 p.m. and the proceedings will be broadcast on BBC One.


9:15 a.m. Day two begins with BBC One coverage of a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign which will be broadcast live from St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Members of the Royal Family will arrive around 11 a.m. The recently restored Big Paul and the largest church bell in the country will ring for the service.


4:30 p.m. Members of the Royal Family are due to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. It will be shown live on ITV1.

8 p.m. Elton John, Alicia Keys, Stefflon Don, Craig David and Andrea Bocelli are among the stars performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace – a concert at Buckingham Palace for 22,000 people, including members of the royal family and 5,000 workers keys – and many more from home. BBCOne. The proceedings will be overseen by hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp. The concert will also be shown on the big screen in St James’ Park and the Mall, Bute Park and Princes Street Gardens.


Lunch time More than 10million people across the UK are expected to attend lunches as part of the ‘Great Jubilee Luncheon’. Outside the UK, more than 600 luncheons are planned across the Commonwealth.

2:30 p.m. The Golden State Car, helmed by the Sovereign’s Escort but not carrying the Queen, will perform a 3km course through the Mall to Buckingham Palace. Involving more than 10,000 people – including military, volunteers, artists and key workers – it will be available to watch on BBC One from 1pm and on big screens in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

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