The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.
There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities and people come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.
Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.
An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. The 4 days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
Although the majority of events will take place between June 2 and June 5, it should regarded as “a year of celebration” and key to the concept is that the whole nation are encouraged to celebrate. This includes all of us in South Cambridgeshire. Community clubs and organisations, civic bodies, schools, emergency services, religious groups, commercial organisations and sports clubs are encouraged to arrange a whole variety of events and so are neighbours across all communities in South Cambridgeshire.
So why not think about how the Jubilee could be celebrated where you live?
Everyone is encouraged to get involved in organising or attending events during the whole of 2022. Please see the details that follow for more information.
Events and Activities
Although the majority of events will take place between June 2 and June 5, it should be regarded as “a year of celebration” and key to the concept is that the whole nation are encouraged to celebrate. Community clubs and organisations, civic bodies, emergency services, religious groups, commercial organisations are encouraged to arrange a whole variety of events such as:
- Street parties
- Community fetes
- Carnivals and parades
- A tea party or barbeque
- Religious services
- Open days at interesting locations maybe not normally open to the public
- Open gardens
- Litter picks
- Discounted attractions to encourage attendance and support
Should you need any further advice regarding your event planning, please email SAG@scambs.gov.uk.
Waste and recycling
Organising a public Jubilee event and not sure what to do about waste? Let us know about your event at email@example.com. If you are organising a street party use the household bins on your street. If your event is at a venue which has bins, use those and contact us to arrange an extra collection. Our Waste-Less Event Guide [PDF] provides guidance on all aspects of waste and recycling for events.
How to get involved
The UK has a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations through beacon lighting. You could light beacons or get involved in beacon lighting within your communities on the evening of 2 June.
You can find out more by visiting The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons 2022 website.
Plant a tree for the Jubilee
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a tree for the Jubilee.”
Find out more about how to get involved on The Queen's Green Canopy website.
Practical advice on tree planting is available on our Queen's Green Canopy Project page.
The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the County. She leads the Lieutenancy, which aims to foster good relations and co-operation between all kinds of organisations in every part of the County. The Lieutenancy, working with support from Cambridgeshire County Council, is taking an active part in promoting The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee across the whole of Cambridgeshire.
The Lord Lieutenant is assisted by a number of Deputy Lieutenants in providing coverage at events for the whole of the County of Cambridgeshire.
Further information on the role and work of the Lieutenancy is available on The Lieutenancy of Cambridgeshire website.
A wide range of events will be arranged across Cambridgeshire to complement a series of national celebrations as follows:
Thursday 2 June
- The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)
- Platinum Jubilee Beacons
Friday 3 June
- Service of Thanksgiving
Saturday 4 June
- The Derby at Epsom Downs
- Platinum Party at the Palace
Sunday 5 June
- The Big Jubilee Lunch
- The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Further details are published on The Royal Family website.
Thursday 23 June
- Cambridgeshire County Day
As part of the celebrations, the first ever Cambridgeshire County Day will take place at the July Course, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire on Thursday 23 June. The event will showcase and celebrate the very best from Cambridgeshire business, charity, community and public sectors.
To find out more, including how to get involved, visit the Cambridgeshire County Day website.
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