The Queen's Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated for the first time ever by a British monarch.
Jubilees are a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. The Jubilee Weekend will be an opportunity for everyone in the UK to come together and celebrate our country's rich history and traditions. Queen Elizabeth II has been our monarch for longer than anyone can remember. She is a symbol of stability and continuity during times of great change. The Jubilee will be an opportunity to celebrate her reign and all she has done for our country. Long may she continue to serve us with distinction.
Her Majesty has been a source of inspiration for many over her 70 years on the throne. In 1952, she was thrust into the spotlight at just 25 years old when her father, King George VI, died suddenly and she became Queen. Since then, she has dedicated her life to public service, becoming one of the most respected monarchs in history. She has seen 14 Prime Ministers come and go, survived numerous assassination attempts and even an attempted coup. The Queen is also the first British Monarch to reach their Platinum Jubilee, having celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2002 and their Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
On her Golden Jubilee in 2002, HM Queen Elizabeth II toured the UK and the Commonwealth with Prince Phillip. The Jubilee celebrations culminated in a concert at Buckingham Palace, followed by a spectacular firework display.
The 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations were even more spectacular, with the focus on the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pagent. This was a flotilla of 1000 boats which travelled from Chelsea to Tower Bridge, led by The Royal Barge. The Queen and Prince Phillip enjoyed this Jubilee celebration from the comfort of the Royal Barge.
This year The Queen is to send members of the Royal Family to all four corners of the United Kingdom to mark her Platinum Jubilee. Prince William and Kate, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne will represent the Queen in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively.
"Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I'd like to think so. Perhaps, part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life's baffling paradoxes such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil.
Even the power of faith which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice can fall victim to tribalism. But through the many changes I have seen over the years: faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me, but a source of personal comfort and reassurance."
- HM Queen Elizabeth II
We would like to extend our very best wishes
to HM The Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee!