It's not long now until there'll be celebrations up and down the country to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. The plans have been unveiled by Buckingham Palace, so keep reading to find out what you can expect.
We'll get to enjoy a four-day Queen Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend from June 2 to June 5, 2022 and there will be lots of events taking place including a live concert called 'Platinum Party at the Palace' which will feature "the world's biggest entertainment stars".
The Platinum Jubilee marks Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign, of which she is the first British Monarch to do so.
Although the Queen has actually already reached this milestone on 6 February 2022, the first week of June has been chosen to celebrate as it offers a better chance of lovely weather.
The Queen's jubilee 2022: What is happening and when?
The Platinum Pudding Competition is almost over, and of the almost 5,000 entries submitted, just five bakers remain. You can see the five finalists go head to head on BBC One on Thursday 12 May.
In partnership with Fortnum and Mason, and chaired by Dame Mary Berry, members of the public were invited to create a pudding to dedicate to the Queen's reign.
The creator of the winning pudding will be invited to be at the centre of the celebrations and their creation will be served up at street parties and other celebrations up and down the country.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June. Tickets will be available for the public here.
Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The UK’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Derby at Epsom Downs: Accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, Her Majesty The Queen, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign. Queen, Diana Ross, Sir Rod Stewart, Duran Duran and Adam Lambert have all been confirmed to perform.
The ticket ballot for this event has now closed.
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country.
In July, three displays marking the Queen's accession to the throne, the coronation and jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It will include portraits as well as the jewellery and outfits worn for each occasion.
As well as all of this excitement, you can find a full list of all the events happening near you here.
What is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee medal?
A platinum jubilee medal has been created to award people who work in public service such as the armed forces, the emergency services and the prison services.
The best Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee memorabilia
Engraved Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Whiskey Glasses
The event isn't complete until you have your very own range of engraved glasses to take centre stage in your drinks cabinet. With options for added gift box and plaque, they'll also make a fantastic gift for a fellow royal fanatic.
Platinum Jubilee Royal Tea Towel
This commemorative tea towel is a brilliant addition to your kitchen.
Queen Elizabeth II Regal Mug Platinum Jubilee 2022
Complete with a gift box, this popular mug is the perfect souvenir to commemorate the special occasion. A great gift, or just a great mug for fans of all things royalty.