On February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-serving monarch ever, marking 70 years of loyalty and tirelessness to the throne. While initiatives, parties and plaques have sprung up across his vast kingdom since, the ultimate commemoration of his service will take place during the special four-day weekend in the UK, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5. , consistent with when her actual coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
Britons around the world will have Thursdays and Fridays off to join in the joy, including a special pub closing time of 1am. While some big budget events, like the Platinum Party concert at (Buckingham) Palace on Saturday June 4, have already allocated tickets by ballot, and others, like the Big Jubilee Lunch, require locals to organize their own entertainment , there are also hundreds of events for visitors to enjoy – and plenty of tickets still available (at the time of publication, anyway). From flag parades to royal afternoon teas and Corgi cafes, here are the things to do in London to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Watch the Queen’s Birthday Parade
The official Jubilee weekend begins with a procession dedicated to Trooping The Color past the Queen herself at Horse Guards Parade in St. James’s Park. A tradition believed to date back to the 17th century, it will see thousands of soldiers perform alongside up to 400 musicians. Tickets have already been allocated to locals or sold out, but you can get a limited IRL view at The Mall by St James’s Park from 9am, where you can also watch a Royal Air Force flyover at 1pm. You might as well pack a picnic.
When: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 10 a.m. – 12.2.5.pm
Or: Horse Guards Parade, 13 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BR, but catch it from The Mall, London SW1A 1AA
Price: Tickets are sold out; free from the mall
Watch the Platinum Jubilee Contest
More than 6,500 performers, including volunteers, dancers, musicians, soldiers and essential workers, will parade along the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and through the surrounding streets to celebrate the Queen’s reign. Expect music, theatre, circus, carnival, costumes and street art, plus, more specifically, a giant, multicolored dragon puppet. Several A-list stars and national treasures have also been added to the lineup, including Ed Sheeran, Heston Blumenthal, Gary Lineker and Jeremy Irons. The Pageant will tell the story of the Queen’s reign, along with 200 silk flags titled “River of Hope”, created by hundreds of school children to reflect how they would like the planet to look in 70 years. Don’t expect it to be quiet.