Queen Elizabeth II has been on the British throne for 70 years. To honor them for this extraordinary anniversary, numerous celebrations and parades have been taking place since Thursday and in the next few days. This is the official program.
Elizabeth II is Queen for 70 years. She is the first British monarch to celebrate such an anniversary. Celebrations take place from Thursday to Sunday over a specially designated long weekend. You can find an overview of the program here.
With thousands of street parties across the UK, people want to celebrate their Queen’s 70th jubilee. A snap poll of about a dozen municipalities by the Local Government Association (LGA) found that more than 1,000 parties are planned over the June 2-5 long weekend. Extrapolated to the whole country, this would mean more than 16,000 street festivals, as the LGA announced on Saturday. In many communities, the administrative fees for road closures were specifically eliminated – there were around 9,500 of them nationwide for the Diamond Jubilee of 2012.
“Communities are pulling out all the stops to help their residents celebrate a historic day for our country,” said LGA President James Jamieson. After two years of the corona pandemic, people could finally celebrate with their friends and neighbors. Not only street festivals are planned, but also large picnics and tea parties as well as beacons.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the central celebrations in London. Numerous festivals and major events in honor of the 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II are also planned outside of the British capital. Once all people in the country get an additional non-working holiday.
A few days before Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th jubilee celebrations, six soldiers from one of her life regiments and a veteran were arrested for drug dealing. The British Ministry of Defense announced on Friday that the members of the Irish Guards were also suspected of usury and money laundering. “None of the soldiers under investigation will take part in the Queen’s planned platinum jubilee parade.” Five of the seven suspects were released on bail, the Sun newspaper reported.
The 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards, one of the British Army’s most active units, is to march in the ‘Trooping the Colour’ parade which opens the festivities in London on Thursday (2/6). As the so-called Colonel of the Regiment, Prince William is the royal patron of the Irish Guards and wore the uniform of the troop at his wedding in 2011. The unit is also known for its mascot, an Irish wolfhound.
As the newspaper “Daily Mirror” reported, several properties in different parts of the country were searched at the same time. “The army will not tolerate illegal or fraudulent behavior,” the ministry said. The case is now being investigated by the military police. The drugs were cocaine, according to The Sun.
You can find out more here: Queen Elizabeth II’s Life Guards – Alleged drug trafficking: Raid and arrests of elite Queen soldiers
The thanksgiving service in honor of the Queen will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. The service is broadcast live and can therefore be followed by many viewers.
The Cathedral has opened an exhibition to mark the jubilee covering the jubilee celebrations for King George III, King George V, Queen Victoria and the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II. The exhibition ‘Jubilee: St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World’ opened on 25 May 2022 and is open to the public.
Will the two brothers Prince William and Prince Harry be seen together at this event? You can find out more about this here: After months of argument – they talk again: Harry and William are now pulling themselves together for the Queen
The Queen and members of the Royals will attend the Epsom Downs Derby horse race on Saturday. It is not yet clear who exactly will be present at the visit.
The BBC is organizing and broadcasting a special concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday night. Numerous world stars have already agreed to perform at this special concert. Spectators from all over the world can also experience this concert live.
Confirmed acts include Queen with Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra. These stars will share the three stages with the likes of Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity. These global stars will perform their greatest hits at these performances in honor of the Queen.
Other stars from the worlds of film, theater and sport will also be attending the event live or via video, including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet, Ellie Simmonds and a dedicated one recorded performance by Sir Elton John. Sam Ryder, Britain’s Eurovision Song Contest contestant, will also perform live, fresh from his success in Italy.
The show revolves around themes that arose or developed during the Queen’s reign. This includes global topics related to fashion, sport, the environment and 70 years of pop music and musicals.
The official celebrations end on Sunday with the parade. There will be art, music and circus elements around Buckingham Palace. From 2 p.m. these festivities can also be viewed live on television.
Children from across the UK are invited to take part in the grand ‘River of Hope’ parade. Students were invited to submit pictures for the parade depicting hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. Some selected images will be printed on flags to be carried in the parade.
At the start of Queen Elizabeth II’s anniversary celebrations, her eldest son Prince Charles (73) swung the dance floor. The heir to the throne took part as a surprise guest at a tea dance for more than 250 mostly elderly people at his country estate Highgrove House in the western English county of Gloucestershire. He did a tango with amateur dancer Bridget Tibbs. “It was wonderful,” Tibbs told the PA news agency. “He was very nice to dance with, he had a wonderful sense of rhythm, a nice hold.”
Before that, the future king talked to 100-year-old Elizabeth Powell, whom he later congratulated with a bouquet of flowers from his garden and a handwritten card on her birthday. She is already looking forward to the Queen’s 70th Jubilee celebrations, which begin this Thursday. Powell plans to attend a street party and village festival with her family. When asked about her recipe for a long life, the celebrant said: “I like to drink a glass of red wine in the evening. And sometimes I treat myself to a sherry at lunchtime.”
Charles was accompanied by TV presenter Jools Holland (64) and soul singer Ruby Turner (63). Tuesday’s festival was organized by his Prince’s Foundation to prevent loneliness.
There had already been a “tea dance” in the west London district of Chelsea on Monday, but Charles was not present. Similar events were planned in Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday. “Social isolation is a widespread problem that has been felt by many more than ever in the past two years,” said Prince’s Foundation chief Simon Sadinsky. “It’s been great to see so many people taking the opportunity to connect with others in their community.”
The celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary of the throne (96) will take place in London from June 2nd to 5th – and ZDF will have a lot of royals in the program. For example, on June 3rd, at 12.10 p.m., the second will broadcast the thanksgiving service live from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. On that day, the magazines “heute – in Europa” (4:00 p.m.) and “People today special” (5:45 p.m.) also reported on the celebrations in London.
At the end of the anniversary weekend (Sunday, June 5, 7:15 p.m.), ZDF author Gert Anhalt summarizes the highlights of the celebrations in the program “Parades, pomp and platinum party – 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II.” Other ZDF documentaries look at Elizabeth’s life for the crown, including Ulrike Grunewald’s films “The Queen and the Power of Images” and “Elizabeth II – Her Life for the Crown”.
In the night 1./2. On June 1st, ZDF presents a long Queen Night, including documentaries such as “Elizabeth II – The Eternal Queen”, “Princess Diana’s Dangerous Legacy” and “Royal Heirs: The Heirs to the Throne”.
Elizabeth has been Queen since February 6, 1952, the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI. On June 2, 1953, she was crowned at the age of 27. The date for the anniversary celebrations results from the mixture of the two dates – and the hope for good weather.
The Queen’s 70th Jubilee is the major event in Great Britain. Yesterday the celebrations were opened with the big military parade. All important events to read in the FOCUS Online ticker.
From June 2nd to 5th, Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th jubilee will reach its climax. The Brits are celebrating their queen, television is live and there are documentaries.