With the Platinum Jubilee year well and truly underway, here are some of the many ways you can get involved in celebrating The Queen’s milestone year
Find out what’s happening near you
Search the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s interactive map to find out what’s planned in your area. There are already over a thousand local events planned across the UK which are open to anyone who wants to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with their community.
Organise a Big Jubilee Lunch
Whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or a bigger bash in the street, join in with millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun with The Big Jubilee Lunch. Sign up for your free pack to help you get started on the Big Jubilee Lunch website.
Plan your own party
Whether you're helping set up a local Jubilee event, planning a party at home with friends and family, or looking for fun crafting activities to do with the family, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has everything covered with it's Platinum Jubilee toolkit. Featuring corgis and crowns to colour in, printable bunting templates, themed recipes and event a spotify playlist, they've got everything you need to make your celebrations a success.
Host your own Platinum Jubilee Pageant
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant is taking place on the streets of central London but we hope that people across the UK and around the world will come together and celebrate this historic moment in their own communities. Download a Pageant pack on the Platinum Pageant website.
Go to a Beacon lighting event, or hold one of your own
There is a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons. To mark the Platinum Jubilee, more than 1500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and in capital cities of the Commonwealth, bringing communities together to celebrate this historic milestone. To find out more about a Beacon even near you, visit queensjubileebeacons.com.
Come along to events in central London
From Trooping the Colour to the Platinum Pageant, events in central London from 2-5 June are at the heart of this year’s celebrations. Find out more about the ticketed and public events which are taking place.
Plant a tree for the Jubilee
With the tree planting season now over until October, it's the perfect time to plan your contribution to The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. Whether you’re an individual hoping to plant a single sapling in your garden, a scout group planting a large tree or a City Council intending to plant a whole avenue of trees to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, all of the information you need can be found at: queensgreencanopy.org
Attend a Platinum Jubilee exhibition
Three special displays marking significant occasions in Her Majesty’s reign – the Accession, the Coronation and Jubilees – will be staged at the official royal residences from July 2022.
At the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of The Queen taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding between 1952 and 1956 will be on display, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the sittings. At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 will be on display, while at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors will see outfits worn by Her Majesty on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
Nominate your Platinum Champion
The Royal Voluntary Service has launched the Platinum Champions Awards for volunteers to celebrate outstanding volunteers across the country who are making a difference every day. You can nominate an outstanding volunteer for this special Jubilee award. Entries close on 10 April. Visit the Royal Voluntary Service website for further information.
Watch the Platinum Jubilee Celebration
From 12th -15th May the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebration will see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers and global equestrian displays. The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day. Find out more on the Platinum Jubilee Celebration website.
Attend celebrations at Sandringham and Balmoral
Celebrations will take place on The Queen’s private estates, Sandringham and Balmoral, for local residents and visitors to enjoy. Events which are free for members of the public to take part in over the Bank Holiday weekend will include ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ on the big screen in the Royal Parkland at Sandringham - a live screening of the BBC Concert celebrating the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign. The lighting of the Sandringham beacon will also take place in the Royal Parkland, accompanied by live music from the Norwich Pipe Band and the Hunstanton Band.
Visit Superbloom at the Tower of London
The moat at the Tower of London has been sown with over 20 million seeds which will erupt into bloom at the beginning of June, just in time for the main Jubilee Weekend! This initiative to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee marks the first stage of installing a natural landscape in the heart of the City of London. You can visit from 1 June – 18 September. Visit the Tower of London website for further information.
Gallop through history
From 12th -15th May the Royal Windsor Horse Show will start the unofficial Jubilee weekend celebrations with 'The Platinum Jubilee Celebration'. On the same arena as the Royal Windsor Horse Show, each evening the event will see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers and global equestrian displays. The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day. The Queen is expected to attend in a private capacity as she has done every year since the show started to raise money for the war effort.
Make your own Platinum pudding
A nationwide baking competition has set out to find a brand new pudding dedicated to The Queen. The winning recipe will be unveiled during an hour-long BBC One programme, The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking, which airs on May 12 at 8pm and charts Fortnum & Mason’s competition to find “an original and celebratory cake, tart or pudding fit for the Queen”.
The winning recipe will be made available to the public - why not make your own as the centrepiece of your Jubilee celebrations?