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William and Kate are likely to take on most Jubilee duties.

Most of the Royal Jubilee duties will be placed upon other members of the royal family like Prince William and Kate Middleton instead of falling to the Queen herself, who has only been undertaking light duties since her stay in hospital.

This historic event will be celebrated over a 4-day bank holiday in June, it will mark the Queens 70th year on the throne.

The Jubilee events will include a live concert at Buckingham Palace, Jubilee lunches, Beacon lighting across the world and a carnival pageant on the streets of London.

At this point in time, it is unknown how much of the Queen the general public will see during the celebrations.

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Since October, the Queen has only been carrying out light duties following her overnight stay in hospital. Because of this, the majority of the Jubilee roles will most likely fall to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The anniversary will be the first time any British monarch has reached a Platinum Jubilee and falls on February the 6th, the day Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne following the death of her father in 1952.

Celebrations, as they have done previously, are to be held four months later due to the greater chance of warm and dry weather.

The Queen normally spends her anniversary period in February in private reflection of her year at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

The Jubilee celebrations this year will include –

The traditional Trooping the Colour Parade for the Queen’s official birthday is taking place on Horse Guards Parade on Thursday, June 2, beginning four days of historic ceremonies.

The royals usually appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony and watch a flypast.

The same day, more than 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK and in Commonwealth capital cities, with the principal beacon set aflame in a special ceremony at the Palace.

The late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday and an additional bank holiday was added on Friday, June 3 to create a four-day weekend, and pub opening hours are being extended to 1am.

On Friday, a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be staged at St Paul’s Cathedral.

On Saturday, June 4, the Queen will want to attend the Epsom Derby.
The prestigious Derby is the only Classic in the Flat racing calendar the Queen is yet to win and it would be a dream come true for the monarch to achieve this with a runner in her jubilee year.

In the evening, the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace concert promises to feature some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars.

Sunday, June 5, sees the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where a dragon puppet larger than a double-decker bus, marching bands and circus acts will celebrate the Queen’s reign on the streets of London.

Organisers said the event, with a privately funded budget of between £10 and £15 million, is expected to be one of the biggest celebratory events held for decades.

Nicholas Coleridge, co-chairman of the pageant, said the whole Jubilee “will be something of a reopening ceremony for the United Kingdom, following a period of uncertainty and hardship, a catalysing moment of unity and fun”.

A trapeze artist suspended underneath a huge balloon printed with an image of the Queen will be among the performers, along with marching military bands and a nod to the monarch’s fondness for corgis and horses.


A specially-written fairy story, There Once Is A Queen by renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo will be brought to life through artists, and a River Of Hope, made up of 200 silk flags designed by school children, will make its way along the Mall.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 The Big Jubilee Lunches are expected to be staged across the UK.

The Jubilee celebrations have their own logo, a purple and platinum-coloured seal featuring a stylised crown, incorporating the number 70, created by university student Edward Roberts in a special competition.
Stamps, coins, souvenir chinaware and Royal Collection exhibitions will also commemorate the occasion, and 39 towns are vying to win Jubilee city status.

A ‘Superbloom’ field of flowers will surround the Tower of London, with 20 million seeds being planted in the moat in the spring to be ready to bloom from June to September.

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From May 12-15, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will stage a 90-minute piece of arena theatre called the Platinum Jubilee Celebration in Windsor.

Members of the armed forces, along with frontline police, fire, emergency services and prison service personnel, will be awarded the Platinum Jubilee medal.

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