The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, with the main Jubilee Celebrations scheduled for next week. Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, we are taking a look at the celebrations for the Queen’s three previous Jubilees, beginning with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977!
The Silver Jubilee Celebrations were very much in the pattern King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935, with the main Jubilee Celebrations in June, when the Queen rode in the Gold State Coach to St Paul’s Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving attended by Heads of State from around the world and former Prime Ministers of the UK, followed by a Luncheon at the Guildhall and an appearance on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace. The following day, there was the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, with the Queen (wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara) hosting the Banquet at Buckingham Palace. On the final day, there was a progress down the River Thames from Greenwich to Lambeth, emulating the ceremonial barge trips of Elizabeth I., after which the Queen opened the Silver Jubilee Walkway and the new South Bank Jubilee Gardens, with a procession of lighted carriages taking the Queen back to Buckingham Palace for more balcony appearances to a cheering crowd. Trooping of the Colour was on June 11th, followed by the Garter Service at Windsor Castle on the 13th of June and then Royal Ascot Week.
The main Gala event of the Jubilee Celebrations was a Gala Performance at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, which was attended by the Queen (wearing the Burmese Ruby Tiara), Queen Mother (in the Oriental Circlet Tiara), Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (wearing the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara), and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (in her Diamond Palmette Tiara) among other members of the Royal Family.
During the summer months, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh embarked on a large scale tour, with the six jubilee tours in the UK and Northern Ireland covering 36 counties, and no other Sovereign having visited so much of Britain in the course of just three months, highlights included the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, as well as a Banquet hosted by the Queen (in the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) and Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate the Silver Jubilee at Edinburgh Castle, at which they were joined by the Queen Mother (wearing the Greville Tiara) and the Prince of Wales. The Queen (wearing the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) attended a Reception with the Earl and Countess of Harewood (wearing Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Coronet) at the Leeds Civic Hall during the Tour of Yorkshire, and the Queen (in the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) and Duke also attended a Dinner at the Metropole Hotel in Birmingham during the Tour of the West Midlands.
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There were also as series of Tours around the Commonwealth Tours, as the Queen and Duke travelled 56,000 miles, visiting in Western Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Tasmania, and Papua New Guinea in from February 10th to March 30th, and then Canada, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados from October 14th to the 2nd of November.
At the end of the year, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended a Dinner Party given by the High Commissioners in their honour at Marlborough House in London.