The country is gearing up for many celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee, which will see street parties and organised events taking place.
It is the first time a British monarch has ever reached this milestone, sparking mass celebrations up and down the country.
This is yet another milestone for Her Majesty, who in 2015 overtook Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch and celebrated turning 90 in 2016.
When are the beacons being lit?
Over 2,800 Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit around the world in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The first beacon to be lit will actually be thousands of miles away, with the first two being lit on Thursday 2 June in Tonga and Samoa.
The beacon trail will make its way across the Pacific region, through Asia and then 19 African commonwealth states.
Then the trail will move into Europe, the Caribbean and Americas with the final stop coming in Belize.
And then late on Thursday evening, the principal beacon, which is located at Buckingham Palace will be lit by a senior royal.
What time will the beacons be lit?
An event schedule for the day is available online.
2pm - The Proclamation - Town Criers, Pearly Kings and Queens undertake the ‘Proclamation’ from central locations within their local communities.
9:35pm - Pipers - Diu Regnare. Traditional and Northumbrian Pipers undertake ‘Diu Regnare’ from locations of their choice within their local communities.
9:40pm - Buglers & Cornet Players - ‘MAJESTY’ Buglers & Cornet players undertake this Bugle Call at Beacon sites, announcing the lighting of the Beacons at 9.45pm
9:45pm - Lighting of the beacons & song for the Commonwealth. As 2022 Beacons are lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories and within each of the Commonwealth Countries, choirs large and small sing ‘A Life Lived with Grace’ at Beacon sites or within their local communities.
How do I find beacons near me?
With over 2,000 beacons being lit in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, there’s sure to be one near you.
The ‘Events’ page on the Government website allows you to specifically look for what type of event you’re looking for.
You can choose from the following options:
- Official event, tree planting or beacon lighting
- Big Jubilee lunch
- Live music/entertainment
- Kids’ activities/entertainment
You can also choose the date of the event you’re searching for and the proximity to your address.
What are some key points from the Queen’s reign?
During her reign, Her Majesty has undergone and overseen some truly remarkable events and moments that have shaped the way the UK is viewed.
Some of these moments include:
- Her Coronation - 1952
- Beatle-mania - 1960s
- England’s World Cup win - 1966
- The European Union - 1973
- Visit to ROI - 2011
- Diamond Jubilee & Olympic Games - 2012
- Becoming the longest reigning monarch - 2015
- Prince Phillip’s death - 2021
- Coronavirus Pandemic - 2020
What is an overview of the event?
An overview of why it happens and what it means is available on the Jubilee website.
It says: “The Jubilee Beacons is one of the official events of the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 as part of an extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The Jubilee Beacons will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth, to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.
“The four 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.”