Buckingham Palace said the unprecedented anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, centered around a four public holiday jubilee weekend in the UK, from June 2-5.
File image of Queen Elizabeth II. PA
London: The one-year celebrations to mark the British monarch’s 70th reign in 2022 officially started on Monday with the launch of a Platinum Pudding competition, a competition to find a cake not only for Queen Elizabeth II but also for the public. British to replicate at street parties across the country.
On February 6 of this year, the 95-year-old Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Buckingham Palace said the unprecedented anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, centered around a four public holiday jubilee weekend in the UK, from Thursday June 2 through Sunday June 5.
To mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, a national pastry competition aims to find a brand new pudding dedicated to the Queen. The Big Jubilee Lunch and Fortnum & Mason are calling for applications from UK residents ages 8 and up to create the perfect platinum pudding recipe, the palate said.
Five finalists will prepare their pudding for an expert jury including Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace chef Mark Flanagan.
The winning recipe will be made available to the public and the pudding will be enjoyed at the big jubilee breakfasts over the jubilee weekend, and by generations to come, he said.
The contest of the famous British department store Fortnum & Mason is part of a series of events for the jubilee year unveiled by Buckingham Palace.
From May 12 to 15, more than 1,000 artists and 500 horses will take part in a show at Windsor Castle, taking crowds on a journey through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
On June 2, the special holiday weekend begins with a Trooping The Color on Horse Guards parade through central London. On the same day, the UK, along with the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and its overseas territories, will all light one lighthouse along with another at Buckingham Palace.
On June 3, a thanksgiving service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, followed by a celebrity night at the palace on June 4.
The show’s lineup has yet to be revealed, but it is expected to bring together some of the world’s biggest stars.
June 5 will mark the culmination of a long weekend of celebration with the Big Jubilee Lunch.
Usually closed to the public, Queen’s Balmoral and Sandringham Residences will be open to local residents the same day.
The Green Canopy initiative, which will plant more than 60,000 trees across the country, was previously announced last year. Each plantation is recorded on a digital Queen’s Green Canopy card which will be presented to them at the end of the jubilee year.
Volunteers, along with dancers, musicians, military and key workers will tell the story of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne during the Platinum Jubilee competition, in which a river of hope will parade past the center commercial composed of 200 silk flags.
School children were asked to create a picture of what they would like the planet to look like over the next 70 years, with the best being put on the flags.
The London-based Pageant will combine pomp and ceremony, street arts, theater, music, circus, costume and cutting-edge visual technology, drawing on talent from across the UK and the UK. Commonwealth, the palace said.
In July, exhibits to mark the Platinum Jubilee, as well as milestones for the Queen’s Coronation and Past Jubilee, will be featured in the Royal Residences.