Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee
The UK will remember the historic 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne this weekend with Platinum Jubilee weekend, a national bank holiday that will run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.
The Queen’s 70th birthday was on Feb. 6, the day after her father, King George VI, died and she ascended to the throne at the age of 25. Various celebrations have already taken place in the United Kingdom in the run-up to the national holiday this weekend. A variety of public events will take place throughout the Jubilee, including Trooping the Colour, Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday procession; a Buckingham Palace performance with Queen and Diana Ross; and a concluding Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
BBC Studios will broadcast unique live programming of the bulk of events on BBC One in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, BBC Studios has an exclusive partnership with ABC News to carry their coverage on the network, and ABC News programmes such as “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight With David Muir,” and “Nightline” will feature Jubilee coverage. Beginning June 2, the daytime chat shows “Good Morning America” and “GMA3: What You Need To Know” will broadcast special Jubilee episodes live from London. Several ABC programmes, including the Buckingham Palace performance, will be available to view the next day on Hulu.
Here’s a complete list of all the activities happening this Platinum Jubilee weekend, as well as when to watch them.
Wednesday, June 2nd
For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, Queen Elizabeth II’s traditional birthday procession will take place in Central London. The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace and terminate at the Parade Ground of the Horse Guards. Hundreds of army musicians, the Irish Guards’ 1st Battalion, 240 horses, and nearly 1,200 officers from the Queen’s Household Division will be among the participants. The Queen and her family will cap the festivities with a balcony appearance on the Parade grounds. (10 a.m. PT/2 a.m. GMT)
Beacon Lighting: Immediately after the march, 1,500 beacons will be illuminated across the United Kingdom and its territories. In a special ceremony, the central beacon of Buckingham Palace will be ignited.
Friday, June 3rd Thanksgiving Ceremony: At St Paul’s Cathedral, a service honouring the Queen’s reign will be held. There will be members of the royal family in attendance.
Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, June 4: On three stages, a concert at Buckingham Palace featuring a number of prominent singers. Queen, Jax Jones, Mabel, Stefflon Dun, Elbow, Craig David, George Ezra, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mimi Webb, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sir Elton John, Diversity, Sam Ryder, Sir Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Celeste, Sigala, and Ella Eyre, Mica Paris, and Diana Ross are among the performers. The two-hour concert will be televised on BBC One and ABC News, with the ABC News broadcast available on Hulu the following day.
Sunday, June 6 Platinum Jubilee Pageant: The weekend will conclude with a pageant honouring Queen Elizabeth II, with a cast of performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, and other volunteers performing four acts to depict the tale of the Queen’s reign. A “River of Hope,” a procession of 200 silk flags with messages from youngsters expressing their ambitions for the next 70 years, will also parade through The Mall during the pageant.