SNP blasts plans to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as ‘excessive pageantry’

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Today it was announced the Queen’s huge milestone will be celebrated with a “once-in-a-generation show” over a four-day bank holiday weekend. While many reacted positively to the move SNP MP Steven Bonnar questioned spending money during “this time of economic hardship” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Bonnar said: “As we come out of the coronavirus pandemic and look to recover over the next few years, it is vital that we focus our money and attention on those most in need to offer our support.

“Does the Secretary not agree then that, at this time of economic hardship, we should not be spending excessively on ceremonies, pageantry and celebrations, but rather focusing on supporting those least well off and those hardest hit by this pandemic?”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said “of course we are providing support for those hardest hit”, adding: “I am of course mindful, and I know the royal household will be mindful as well, of ensuring that money is spent very wisely through this process.”

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place on February 6, 2022 but celebrations will be held from June 2-5.

Mr Dowden earlier today hailed the occasion as a “truly historic moment” and deserved a “celebration to remember”.

Her Majesty is the fist British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee

She became the longest-reigning British monarch on September 9, 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The monarch to have reigned the longest is France’s King Louis XIV who was on the throne for 72 years.

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