On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York attended a Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace in London.
Roughly 8,000 special guests were “…invited to today’s event as a way to thank them for the positive impact they make in their communities.”
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honorable Lady Ogilvy, attended The Queen’s Garden Party, hosted by HRH The Earl of Wessex, at Buckingham Palace in London.
On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance when she accompanied His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to officially open the new Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station in London.
Upon their arrival, Her Majesty The Queen and The Earl of Wessex were greeted by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Commissioner for Transport for London, Mr. Grant Shapps, the British Prime Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, Mr. Sadiq Khan, and dozens of Paddington station staff.
Thereafter, Her Majesty The Queen unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening of the Elizabeth Line and purchased the first ticket using a commemorative Elizabeth Line Oyster card.
The new Elizabeth Line will run over 100km through central London from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Reading and Heathrow in the west. The Elizabeth Line will serve 41 stations including 10 new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall along with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, and Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
The Not Forgotten Association is a charity for serving wounded, injured, or sick and for ex-servicemen and women with disabilities. The Princess Royal is the Patron of the Not Forgotten Association and served as host as it was recently announced that Her Majesty The Queen will not be attending any of this year’s royal garden parties.
On Friday, May 6, 2022, Buckingham Palace published new updates regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
On Thursday, June 2, 2022, The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will take place at Horse Guards Parade in London at 10am:
“The colour will be trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, together with hundreds of Army musicians and around 240 horses. This annual event has now marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
During The Queen’s Birthday Parade A Royal Gun Salute will be fired.
There is an opportunity for people to view the display along The Mall as the troops parade to and from Horse Guards Parade on its journey between Buckingham Palace and the parade ground.
During the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to watch the event on a large screen at St James’s Park and many more members of the public will be able to watch the spectacle live on television, across the world. Once the parade has ended and the Royal Procession has returned to Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family’s balcony appearance will happen as in previous years.
Platinum Jubilee Flypast
There will be an impressive Flypast to coincide with the Royal Family’s balcony appearance.”
This morning Buckingham Palace announced that “…after careful consideration, The Queen has decided that this year’s Trooping the Colour balcony appearance will be limited to Her Majesty and those Members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of The Queen.” Below is the list of those who will appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II *To be announced on the day of the celebrations*
TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex
TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
HRH The Duke of Kent
HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honorable Lady Oglivy
It was also confirmed that Her Majesty’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James, The Viscount Severn, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge will also make an appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace:
“In addition, the Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to appear as is Sir Tim Laurence, who the Queen is happy to attend as a frequent attendee and support for The Princess Royal on official engagements.”
Notably absent from the list: The Duke of York along with Harry and Meghan. However, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan proudly announced this morning that the former senior working royals will attend Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, “…[the couple] are excited and honored to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children.”
It is my guess that the former working royals — Andrew, Harry and Meghan — will celebrate privately with the family hence no photos of the former royal trio. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing. The focus should be on Her Majesty The Queen and her historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Moving on… Buckingham Palace also announced the Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be displayed in over:
“…2,000 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. Beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.
The principal beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes.
National Service of Thanksgiving
A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung for the Service. It was made in 1882, but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism. It was restored in 2021 and has been rung on 8 occasions since, but this is the 1st Royal occasion for which it will be rung. The Service of Thanksgiving starts at 11.30am and Great Paul will be rung between 10.50am to 10.55am followed by a peal of bells. A reception will be held at Guildhall following the Service.
The service will include a new Anthem by Judith Weir, Master of The Queen’s Music, that sets to music words from the third Chapter of the Book of Proverbs.
Saturday 4th June:
The Derby – Epsom Downs Racecourse
As part of the central weekend celebrations, Epsom Downs Racecourse will stage the 243rd running of The Derby.
BBC Platinum Party at the Palace
Hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp, will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace to be shown air live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and across the BBC. The celebration will see famous faces from the world of entertainment brought together to perform for a night of musical tributes to celebrate the Jubilee. 22,000 people will attend the event including 10,000 allocated in a public ballot and 5,000 tickets for key workers. And now for the first time, the BBC have released artist visuals of the impressive setting and stage where the acts will perform. The full line-up of acts will be announced by the BBC in the coming weeks.
Sunday 5th June:
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Over 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches on over the central weekend, with events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to back garden BBQ’s and everything in between. As millions of people across the UK sit down to share lunch in their communities, a flagship event will be taking place at The Oval in London where a specially invited audience will share friendship, food and fun together with entertainment at the iconic venue. People are joining in across the world with over 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Evoking the Coronation at the very start of the Platinum Pageant, the Bells of Westminster Abbey will chime, as they did on Coronation Day. As they do so, The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry will lead The Gold State Coach along a crowd-thronged pageant route back to Buckingham Palace.
The Gold State Coach is used to transport the Monarch on the occasion of their Coronation and Jubilees, and it has not been seen in on the streets of London for twenty years.
The Gold State Coach is the Platinum Pageant’s iconic figurehead; a ‘crown jewel’ made yet more awesome by the glittering livery worn by its four pairs of Windsor Greys. Everywhere you look, in the golden sculptures and painted panels, in the uniforms of the postillions, grooms, footmen, attendants and mounted guards, there is rich tradition and history.
At the Platinum Pageant, The Gold State Coach plays a remarkable role. Original film footage recorded on Coronation Day will be used to recreate the magic of that extraordinary occasion.
The Pageant will serve as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty. It will culminate with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’. A gospel choir will join the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
The Pageant itself will bring to life iconic moments from The Queen’s reign as well as showcasing our changing society over the past 70 years.
10,000 people are involved, including the military, over 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the public.
National treasures and iconic figures from music, film, sport and the arts will take part in the Pageant including much-loved celebrity names, alongside military personnel, key workers and volunteers.
The Big Jubilee Lunch is still accepting orders for free packs to get street parties started or for people to find out where a public event in their area may be taking place.
The Armed Forces will also take a leading role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 5th June. Around 1,800 members of Armed Forces personnel, representing the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, will lead Act 1 of the pageant. Six military bands will form part of the military contingent and the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom will be joined representatives from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth nations. The military section of the pageant will involve personnel from regiments and units across the Union, including those with a special relationship with The Queen.“
On May 5, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge announced in a video message that she is extremely proud to become Royal Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.
According to the official website of the MMHA, the alliance is a:
“…UK-wide charity and network of over 100 organizations, dedicated to ensuring women and families affected by perinatal mental problems have access to high-quality comprehensive care and support. We bring the maternal mental health community together and make change happen by combining the power of real-life experience with clinical and professional expertise.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the Maternal Mental Health Alliance please visit their official website here.