By Amelia Riley
Plans for events and initiatives have been announced to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.
The 6th February this year will mark 70 years of service to the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth as The Queen becomes the first British Monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
Events and initiatives are set to take place, finishing with a four day UK bank holiday from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June, which will provide an opportunity for people throughout the UK to celebrate the Jubilee.
The four day bank holiday will include public events and community activities whilst reflecting on national moment’s of the 70 years of service The Queen has provided.
There is also set to be a nationwide pudding competition which is set to find a brand new pudding dedicated to The Queen. The Big Jubilee Lunch and Fortnum & Mason are inviting UK residents aged 8 and over to apply to create the best Platinum Pudding recipe.
A judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan, and Monica Galetti will judge the puddings prepared by five finalists. The winning pudding will be served at Big Jubilee Lunches during the Jubilee weekend and the recipe will be made available to the public.
There are also celebrations set to take place for local residents and visitors on Her Majesty’s private estates, Sandringham and Balmoral.
The public are free to take part in the ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’, a live screening of the BBC Concert celebrating The Queen’s most significant moments of her reign, on the big screen in the Royal Parkland at Sandringham over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Accompanied by live music from the Norwich Pipe Band and the Hunstanton Band, the lighting of the Sandringham beacon will take place in the Royal Parkland, and there will be many more events to enjoy in this celebration.