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, ending with with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, after covering the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee in 2002!
The celebrations began with the the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle in May, which was followed by a Luncheon for reigning and former Sovereigns at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen, while the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Dinner for the Sovereigns at Buckingham Palace that evening. The following day, many of the Foreign Royals joined the Queen for an Armed Forces Parade and Muster at Home Park in Windsor.
The Diamond Jubilee Weekend began with the River Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3rd, when a maritime parade of 1,000 boats from around the Commonwealth, led by the Royal Family, after which the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital. The following evening there was a Reception at Buckingham palace and the Diamond Jubilee Concert, followed by the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. There was a Reception at the Guildhall and a Lunch at Lancaster House, as well as a Balcony Appearance for a feu de joie and a flypast by the Red Arrows.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh toured the United Kingdom while other members of the royal family toured the rest of the Commonwealth as the monarch’s representatives. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, Prince Harry was in The Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica, the Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Gibraltar, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Princess Royal was in Zambia and Mozambique, the Duke of York visited India, and the Duke of Gloucester visited Uganda, Malta, and the British Virgin Islands.