This is how Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the Platinum Jubilee

A platinum jubilee This is unprecedented for the British royal family. Although historical, Queen Elizabeth’s 70th birthday celebration this year on the throne came at an awkward time for the king.

It coincided with concern for deteriorating healththe ongoing campaign to remove the queen as head of state, controversy over Prince Andrew’s return to the public eye, and asking the royal family to apologize for their role in colonialism and slavery.

But this is not the first annus horribilis (terrible year) de la Reina and has proven adept at coming back from low points.

The jubilee was central to renewing the royal family’s relationship with the British people. Simultaneously they strengthened the separation of the king from his subjects and tried to integrate the monarchy into everyday life.

History of the royal jubilee

That Queen Victoria’s first 25 years on the throne was not celebrated with a jubilee because she mourned the death of her husband, Prince Albert. However, in 1887, Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee was an ambitious event that set the tone for future celebrations.

His Golden Jubilee cemented Britain’s imperial status with visits from colonial dignitaries, elaborate processions through London, and celebratory events throughout the British Empire.

Queen Victoria was in poor health when it came time for the Diamond Jubilee in 1897, but the celebrations were still elaborate and emphasized the Queen’s role as the “mother” of the British Empire.


Britain’s first Silver Jubilee honored King George V in 1935 and became the model for today’s celebrations. His reign was marked by a month of royal speeches, church services, processions through London and celebrations around the world. United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

In the midst of the Great Depression, Jubilee drew some criticism but was considered a great success overall, both a welcome distraction and reinforcement UK global reach.

On the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee in 1977, questions arose about the appropriateness of celebrating the monarchy during a period of economic crisis, rising nationalism in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and a significant reduction in global power.

However, the Silver Jubilee is held with a calendar of events that emphasizes tradition and unity, both at home and abroad. The Queen traveled throughout all parts of England, including the perilous journey to Northern Ireland and visited all the countries in which he was head of state.

“Jubilee Week” features symbolic bonfires across England, royal boat trips down the Thames and thousands of street parties. This demonstrates the ability of a jubilee to direct public attention to the stability and legitimacy of the monarchy.

Modern royal jubilee

The royal jubilee has recently shifted from an emphasis on tradition to a more community-focused event. In 2002, the Golden Jubilee was an opportunity for the Queen to thank her subjects for their “support and loyalty throughout her reign” following widespread criticism of the Royal Family’s response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Queen repeats her trips across England and many parts of the former British Empire as millions attend ‘Jubilee Weekend’. The Queen also demonstrated her willingness to modernize and connect with the public by hosting the pop concert “Party at the Palace”, which was seen by more than 200 million people worldwide and has become a fixture at birthday parties.

Despite the prediction that golden jubilee will fail due to declining public support for the monarchy, the success of the celebrations is undeniable. A decade later, the same mix of tradition and innovation for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee takes its public approval ratings to new highs.

As the Queen approaches her 96th birthday and does only “light duty”, it will be difficult to replicate such a celebration with Platinum Jubilee.

Jubilee this year

The Queen’s personal popularity remains high, but support for the monarchy is declining both in Great Britain as in the Commonwealth.

The challenge for this year’s Jubilee is to promote respect for the Queen’s unique status, while building public support for her successor; So far, the signs are not positive.

recently Prince William Tours in the Caribbean she was received much more critically than her grandmother’s previous visits. Commonwealth countries such as Canada have replaced large-scale Jubilee celebrations with DIY resources and grassroots events, while the Jamaican government refuses to celebrate, citing Jubilee as a symbol of colonialism and oppression.

William admits that his tour “focuses more on questions about the past and the future”, but this year’s event schedule does not show any reckoning with the past. British colonial, no matter how necessary.

On the contrary, celebration Platinum Jubilee they would build on many of the traditions that had supported support for the king since the early 1800s: beacon lighting, the awarding of Jubilee medals, the festive Jubilee weekend, and the Platinum Parade.

The old and the new will also be brought together in more community-oriented events, such as the Great Jubilee Lunch, the Queen’s Green Pavilion, and the Platinum Pudding Contest.

This combination of tradition and novelty has served the Queen well in the past. I can be successful again.

Stuart Martin

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