For a woman whose life was never mapped to be where she ended up, Queen Elizabeth II has stood the test of time and has been a stoic role model for seven decades. Within that time, she has met numerous world leaders, seen huge changes across the globe; politically, economically, and environmentally, and has had 14 Prime Ministers serve under her, two of which were women, and the first being Winston Churchill. Throughout her time on the throne, the Queen has been a beacon of poise and resilience, what a great chance to celebrate the life of the monarch who was never meant to be!
The lives of Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, changed course the day her uncle, King Edward VIII decided to give up his role as the head of the Royal family and abdicate to marry his twice-divorced American lover. Edwards’ brother, next in line to the throne, was Elizabeth’s Father, who became King George VI and reigned for just over 15 years until his death after a short illness on 6th February 1952.
On 6th February 2022, the Queen will become the first British Monarch to have a Platinum Jubilee, marking a 70-year reign. With numerous events to help celebrate, the highlight will be a four-day bank holiday weekend from 2nd – 5th June 2022. Throughout the 4 days there will be lots going on, from the Trooping of The Colour on Thursday 2nd June, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3rd June as well as street parties up and down the country on Sunday the 5th.
It is expected, that with her honorable age, and with a small stint in hospital in October last year, that the Queen may not be on the front of the celebrations, and that Charles and Camilla will step up and help take the pressure off the 96-year-old Monarch, with younger Royals gratefully coming out to celebrate the long reign of their much-loved grandmother and great grandmother.
What celebrations are planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?
Fortnum & Mason’s Platinum Pudding
Amongst the celebrations, Fortnum & Mason has also opened a competition for UK residents aged 8 and above, to invent a new dessert dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen, to be called the Platinum Pudding. Entrants will be judged by Dame Mary Berry and Masterchef’s Monica Galetti.
The Queen’s Great Canopy (QGC) Project
Another part of the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is that she is encouraging us all to plant a tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) project. The catchphrase being used is “Plant a tree for the Jubilee.” It is also a fabulous legacy to her wonderful late husband Prince Phillip who was a real believer in looking after our planet as does Her Majesty the Queen and of course, Prince Charles who has been paving the way for organics and all things green for 40+ years. This is a legacy to the Queen’s beliefs, which is also being championed through Prince William’s Earthshot Prize.
The team at Black Taxi Tour London have gotten involved and planted a tree for the Queens Green Canopy.
Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/ – content sourced from news article published 10th January 2022.