The celebrations to mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign will take place on 2-5 June. Since her ascension to the throne when she was 25, Queen Elizabeth II has reigned through six decades of big social development and change.
The concept of a Royal Jubilee has its roots in the Bible. In the New Testament Jesus introduces himself as the One who brings the old Jubilee to completion. The term is also used to define a celebration to mark an anniversary, and is usually linked to a royal event.
George III was the first British Monarch to celebrate a Jubilee in a similar way it is done nowadays. The main day of celebrations of his Golden Jubilee was 25 October 1809, a private service took place in Windsor followed by a firework display at Frogmore.
The other only British Monarch who has celebrated a Diamond Jubilee was George III’s granddaughter, Queen Victoria, in 1897. The main event was a Royal Procession led by Queen Victoria in a carriage through London.
The procession started at Buckingham Palace and moved to St Paul’s Cathedral, where a short service took place. It continued across London Bridge and South London and returned to The Palace via Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
The first special issue coins produced to mark a Royal Jubilee were the ones issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. Since then, several coins have been released every time a new Jubilee takes place, including the Diamond Jubilee coins that have been produced by Royal Mint this year to celebrate The Queen’s 60 years reign.
During Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee the first commemorative stamps were issued as well. These were known as “Jubilees” and continued in use throughout Queen Victoria’s reign, some of the designs were reused in the stamps of Edward VII.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977, marking the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. The Queen spent the anniversary at Windsor with her family and it was commemorated in church services that took place throughout February.
The main events took place during June, on the evening of 6 June The Queen lit a bonfire beacon at Windsor. The events culminated with a procession and a firework display. Street parties took place all over the country and The Queen received more than 100,000 congratulatory cards.
Despite the deaths of The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in 2002, several large-scale events took place over the country to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. The celebrations were held the first week of June and included a classical concert in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, the “Party at the Palace” pop concert and several church services.
To celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, a procession will take place on 5 June. The details of the processional route have just been revealed, including this 3D Google Map of the route.
If you want to know about all the events and celebrations taking place during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have a look at the list we have put together.
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