Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years of reign on Sunday!
Steph Deschamps / February 2, 2022
Born on April 21, 1926 in London, the Queen celebrates this year her 70th anniversary of reign. An opportunity to talk about what awaits us in the coming months of festivities.
On February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will officially become the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, 70 years of reign. It was at the age of 25, on February 6, 1952, that she acceded to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI.
The festivities will be largely concentrated on the first weekend of June with a four-day bridge to mark this historic event. The highlight in London will be the Queen's birthday parade, the famous Trooping the Colour, on Thursday June 2. Nearly 1,500 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will march from Buckingham Palace, down The Mall to the Horse Guard's Parade.
Members of the Royal Family will follow on horseback or in carriages. As usual, a Royal Air Force aerial demonstration will close this colorful episode, with the Queen and the Royal Family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The next day a ceremony will take place at St Paul's Cathedral and then on Saturday 4 June, the biggest stars of the entertainment world will gather at Buckingham to give a special concert in honor of the Queen and her seven decades of reign. The event will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC. It will be possible for any citizen to attend. A draw will be organized soon to allow to get the precious ticket.
The Big Jubilee Lunch will complete the weekend. Just like the Fête des voisins in France, you are cordially invited to set up large tables in your neighborhood and feast in the street or garden around a barbecue, salads, a dish of cold cuts or cheese (you're either French or you're not!), a good cake, a cup of tea, a glass of champagne or the inevitable prosecco. Italian sparkling wine continues to be popular on this side of the Channel with the British who have been used to drinking a third of the world's production for several years.