Platinum Jubilee Beacon

On the evening after today’s Trooping the Colour Ceremony, the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon, involving The Tree of Trees (a 21m high ‘tree’ constructed of 350 smaller trees), was lit by the Queen at Windsor Castle, as the Duke of Cambridge presided over a special ceremony at outside Buckingham Palace. The Queen experienced ‘discomfort’ at today’s Trooping the Colour, so she will not be attending tomorrow’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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There are three kinds of beacons: Community Beacons – thousands of beacons will be lit by communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, Commonwealth Beacons – beacons will be lit in all capital cities of the Commonwealth – 54 in total and the Principal Beacon. The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons continues for the Platinum Jubilee.

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Trooping the Colour Ceremony

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