one billion audience for “the greatest jubilee event of all time” – Royal Central
We are now less than four months from when Elizabeth II makes history and becomes the only British monarch to reign for seven decades.
As the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s historic reign falls on February 6, 2022, events are planned across the UK and the Commonwealth throughout the year, with the biggest celebrations taking place over the weekend of platinum jubilee in June 2022. These events were in the spotlight this week. while the organizers have further revealed their ambitions to mark this milestone like no other. Each week Royal Central brings together the latest Jubilee news as the countdown continues and this time around we begin with these major events.
A billion people are watching
One of the organizers of the four-day show in London in June 2022 has promised that the competition slated for next summer will be the biggest jubilee event ever. Nicholas Coleridge, who is also president of the Victoria and Albert Museum, was speaking at the Conservative Party conference when he revealed the scale of the celebrations currently planned.
He compared the competition to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, saying the Platinum milestone for Elizabeth II will be “bigger, we think, even than the one set for Queen Victoria.” About 6,500 people from 54 Commonwealth countries are expected to participate in the competition. Huge crowds are expected in London for the celebrations and even more at home. Nicholas Coleridge told the conference that the BBC expects “up to a billion people” to watch the weekend’s events.
Anne is busy on The Queen’s Canopy
The Princess Royal has long had a reputation for being the hardest working member of the royal family and she has dedicated hours this week to help build a lasting legacy for her mother’s long reign. Anne has been involved in several high profile plantings for The Queen’s Green Canopy, the network of trees currently being set up across the UK and the Commonwealth to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
During her first visit abroad since the pandemic, the Princess Royal planted a tree in Paris, at the home of the British Ambassador to France. On her return to England, she visited a school in Worcester to help them plan their Canopy. Anne planted a tree at St Barnabas Church of England primary school and heard students talk about learning from nature while continuing their Jubilee project.
To pass the baton
The Earl of Wessex has also been involved in plans to mark Mum’s milestone as he joined the Queen in a ceremony marking the start of the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games which take place in the year of jubilee.
The XXII Games take place in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, 2022 and will be another part of the celebrations going on throughout the year. The Queen and Prince Edward received the staff which will travel 90,000 miles across the Commonwealth by the opening ceremony at a special event at Buckingham Palace. A letter written by the Queen to the Commonwealth, which will not be shared until next year, has been locked inside the staff which features a platinum trail to mark the jubilee.
There is more news on the royal celebrations countdown to 2022 next week.