BRITS is gearing up for a big four-day weekend getaway this summer as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.
The four-day bonanza, which falls on the first weekend of June, will be packed with gifts from His Majesty, 95, as he celebrates 70 years on the throne.
A major national pudding competition will be part of the celebrations, while thousands of jubilee lunches will be held in honor of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The May holiday weekend, which normally falls at the end of the month, will be moved to Thursday June 2 to accommodate the celebrations.
And the weekend will be extended with an extra day of rest on Friday, June 3.
Buckingham Palace said the extra-long weekend would provide “an opportunity for communities across the UK to come together and celebrate this milestone.”
He added in a statement: “The four days of celebration will include public events and community activities, as well as moments of national reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service.
Additionally, initiatives including The Queen’s Green Canopy and Platinum Pudding competitions will create a lasting reminder of the Queen’s Jubilee, while the Queen’s private estate will also be joined by a special Jubilee themed event that will provide more opportunities for members. milestones”.
In the platinum pudding competition, England will struggle to make a pudding fit for a queen, and everyone over the age of eight will be able to participate.
Then, the five finalists will prepare their puddings for a panel of expert judges that includes Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan.
The winning recipe will be publicly available, and the pudding will be enjoyed at the Great Jubilee Lunch and “for generations to come.”
Meanwhile, Her Majesty’s Green Canopy will see thousands of trees planted in honor of the Queen, including a ‘celebration tree’, a ‘majestic new tree’, a ‘city planting’ and a ‘vast new forest that will benefit future generations ».
Here’s what to expect over a platinum weekend getaway.
THURSDAY 2 JUNE
The long weekend is off to a strong start as Trooping the Color Parade gets underway.
The color will be stepped on 1S t Battalions, Irish Guards and over 1,200 officers and men from the Domestic Division will display military pomp at the Horse Guard Parade, along with hundreds of musicians and Army horses.
On the same day, more than 1,500 towns, villages and cities across England, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the British Overseas Territory will unite to light the Jubilee lighthouse.
Beacons will also be lit in each Commonwealth capital, with the main beacon being lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
On Friday, a Thanksgiving Service for the Queen’s reign will be held at St. Paul.
Further details are expected to be announced in due course.
SATURDAY 4 JUNE
On Saturday, the BBC will host the ‘Platinum Platinum Party’, a live concert that brings together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate some of the most important moments of the Queen’s reign.
All UK residents can cast ballots to secure tickets, launched in February.
SUNDAY 5 JUNE
Then, the national Grand Jubilee Lunch will be held on June 5, with over 1,400 people signing up to host their own grand lunch so far.
Other celebrations include the Platinum Jubilee Contest, where artists, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will gather to tell the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign at a creativity festival.
The London-based contest is said to combine “spook and ceremony, street art, theatre, music, circus, costume and state-of-the-art visual technology.”
Part of the ‘Rio de la Esperanza’ will also see two hundred silk flags being processed by The Mall, looking like a moving river.
From 12that -15that The May The Platinum Jubilee Celebration will feature over 500 horses and 1,000 artists creating a 90-minute playground that will include actors and artists, musicians, an international military exhibition, dancers and a global equestrian exhibition.