Travel the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Discover the 10 best activities to participate in while traveling in England this year
May I present, Her Majesty The Queen
2022 is the year of travel recovery, and while we hope the Queen of England stays in good health, now is the perfect time to travel to the United Kingdom to see Her Majesty, even in person. In this auspicious year, the Queen officially marks her 70 years of service to her country and the commonwealth. This whole year, events will take place throughout the UK to celebrate this rare Platinum Jubilee event. Before you book your trip, read below for a list of the top events through 2022 to attend the royal celebration.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade
On June 2, you can witness an event called Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Majesty the Queen, which will feature Members of the Royal Family, over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. This parade will be the official recognition of the Queen’s birthday. The best way to get a front row seat to royalty is to arrive early and secure your spot near Buckingham Palace, as that is where the parade will start and end. The parade ends at 1 p.m. with many members of the Royal Family (including the Queen) appearing on the balcony as the Royal Air Force flies overhead. Quite a spectacle you won’t want to miss.
Platinum Jubilee Beacon
The United Kingdom carries on the tradition of celebrating royal milestones with the lighting of beacons, over 1,500 of them. Lighting the beacons will start on the evening of June 2 at 9:45 pm. You can view the principal beacon lighting in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.They will then be lit across the Pacific region, through Asia, then the 19 African Commonwealth member states, followed by Europe and the Caribbean and Americas. You can also shop around for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Tart, filled with smoked salmon, leeks, cheddar cheese and potatoes.
Service of Thanksgiving
This service will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, and the queen will be in attendance. Unfortunately, the event is not open to the public. However, on any other day, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful historical building that has self-guided and guided tours. Along with their regular services, they offer a close look at historical artifacts as well as the history around previous Royal Jubilees celebrated there.
The Derby at Epsom Downs
On June 4, the Queen will appear at the Derby at Epsom Downs, along with other members of the royal family. Along with possibly sighting the Queen and other royals, you can experience the quintessential English thoroughbred racing. On June 3, they also have a featured Ladies Day at Epsom Downs, where you can dress to impress with the most stylish hats you can imagine.
The Big Jubilee Lunch
For any travelers wishing to experience an authentic cultural event in England, the Big Jubilee Lunch on June 5 is a wonderful opportunity to do so. This event encourages communities to come together and celebrate their connections, sharing friendship, food and fun. With the country marking such a momentous royal event along with a bank holiday, travelers are sure to find a Jubilee Lunch big or small, street party, picnic, tea and cake, or a garden barbecue to attend.
The Platinum Pudding Competition
Searching for the best new dessert to dedicate to the Queen, applicants have submitted thousands of recipes to be judged and featured at many of the Big Jubilee Lunches. This recipe is a great way to celebrate the Queen, or look out for the special dish while you’re traveling England.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
If you remember the spectacular presentation that occurred at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, you will not want to miss another chance to witness the amazing cultural and artistic pageant with performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers that come together to illustrate the story of the Queen’s 70 year reign. On June 5, you can witness this presentation at the Buckingham Palace in London, completely open to the public.
Royal Collection Trust
While you’re in England, visiting the royal residences is a must. Starting in July, three special displays will be opened at the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. These will feature special items such as portraits of the Queen, some of her personal jewelry, her Coronation Dress, her Robe of Estate worn by the Queen at her Coronation back in 1953 and outfits worn by Her Majesty during the Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees. These displays will be available from July to September and October.
The Platinum Jubilee Celebration
On the private grounds of Windsor Castle, you can purchase tickets to an exclusive tribute to the Queen titled “A Gallop Through History” from May 12-15. In an arena theater, you can see a 90 minute show including more than 500 horses and 1000 performers. If you miss out on the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, this event is a great way to see a similar showcase of art and culture in the United Kingdom.
Queen and Adam Lambert Concert
A big part of England is their music scene, and what better way to celebrate the Queen than by seeing Queen live and in concert? You can enjoy rock royalty at one of the many concerts Queen and Adam Lambert are holding in 2022 from May to June in England.
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Written by Kelsey Ledford