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Queen ‘very forward-looking’ as Royal Family eager for celebration after difficult year

Platinum Jubilee: Queen 'forward looking' says expert

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee plans have been announced by Buckingham Palace to mark her 70th anniversary as British monarch. Both Her Majesty and the Royal Family are said to be eager to participate in the activities and according to a royal expert, will regard it as an “opportunity” for celebration after a difficult year. 

Festivities include a Trooping the Colour, a live music concert, and a Platinum Jubilee pageant spread across a 4-day Bank Holiday weekend. 

The BBC’s Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: “Certainly she will be very apparent, she will be attending most of those events if not all of those events.

“There has been some slowing down for several years but she is still very engaged and certainly she and the palace will hope that this will be an opportunity for people across the United Kingdom to show their continued commitment, regard and affection for this particular monarch.” 

He added that “despite the difficulties”, the Queen is “very forward-looking” and will view her Jubilee as an opportunity to celebrate with her family and the wider community.

So far, this last year has been difficult for the Queen. Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, passed away on April 9 at Windsor with Her Majesty at his bedside. 

Prince Andrew’s withdrawal from public duties and the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the Royal Family also tested the Queen and the Royal Family in recent years.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have gone on the criticise the Royal Family and their handling of the Megxit fallout.

The Platinum Jubilee will be a chance for the public to celebrate the monarchy and for the Queen to reflect on her 70 years of public service. 

Buckingham Palace have announced the festivities will take place from Thursday, June 2 until Sunday, June 5 2022 in a special four-day Bank Holiday.

The festivities will begin with Trooping the Colour, which will see over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part. The procession has not taken place in full for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

On the Friday, there will be a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Queen will travel to the Derby at Epsom Downs for the Saturday. 

Saturday evening will see a large Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, with many of Britain’s most iconic performers slated to take part. 

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For the final day of festivities, the Big Jubilee Lunch will see street parties across the UK whilst in London, over 5,000 performers will participate in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. 

Performers from across the UK and the Commonwealth will showcase street art, circus tricks, music and dance around the streets of Buckingham Palace. 

The weekend will be the highlight of a year-long Jubilee celebration, which will see members of the Royal Family travel across the UK and the Commonwealth to take part in engagements. 

The Queen was crowned on June 2, 1953 and is currently Britain’s longest-serving monarch. 

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