Britain will host year-long set of activities and events to commemorate the remarkable reign of Queen Elizabeth II. To honor their beloved sovereign, the Tower of London has planned a spectacular display of colorful flowers called “Superbloom” in their moat. A nationwide baking competition sponsored by Fortnum & Mason invites British residents to create the perfect Platinum Pudding recipe as a tribute to The Queen. With a focus on sustainability, more than 60,000 trees have been planted across the whole of the United Kingdom answering the call to “plant a tree for the Jubilee.”
A four-day holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 5th will bring people throughout the United Kingdom to the capital city to celebrate this historic milestone. The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also referred to as “Trooping the Colour,” will march on Thursday, June 2nd with over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign is planned for Friday, June 3rd at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Saturday brings the Platinum Party at the Palace, a special live concert from Buckingham Palace featuring the world’s biggest names in entertainment. Finally, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant is the culmination of the public events on Sunday, June 5th with an awe-inspiring festival of creativity. Contributors from all corners of the United Kingdom bring theater, music, street art and visual technology to the procession. British schoolchildren contributed pictures for the “River of Hope,” a collection of two hundred silk flags that will join together to appear like a moving river down The Mall.
In celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Buckingham Palace will feature a series of portraits that were later used in postage stamps featuring her likeness. Visitors will also have a chance to see The Queen’s favorite diamond tiara, The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which she received as a wedding present in 1947 along with other jewelry worn for the portraits. Windsor Castle will display the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate designed by Sir Norman Hartnell worn by The Queen at her Coronation at Westminster Abbey. It took 12 embroideresses more than 3,500 hours to complete using 18 different types of gold thread in 1953. Another Platinum Jubilee exhibition is at Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse with a series of striking outfits worn by the Queen in previous anniversary events.