How to plan ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is taking place next week and will be a celebration of 70 years of service. A Jubilee celebrates the anniversary of a special event, and is mostly associated with the Royal Family. The UK will be having a four day weekend bank holiday between June 2nd – June 5th to celebrate the Queen’s 70th year as a monarch.

There will be many traditional British celebrations taking place during the occasion. Lighting the beacon is a Royal Family tradition to commence Royal Jubilees, weddings and coronations. Beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

What makes the occasion so unique?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is an occasion which celebrates a big landmark. The Diamond Jubilee which took place in 2012 proved to be a success and showcased the history of Britain and the Royal Family. Additionally with the opening of the Elizabeth train line this week, there is a wave of excitement within London especially at the moment.

The feel good factor could help to encourage consumer spending as people purchase gifts and foods for the occasion. The celebrations have already begun with The National Lottery’s Big Jubilee Street Party taking place in May. Guests were able to attend the music gig for free. British broadcaster ITV will be airing the full show during the Platinum Jubilee weekend for the general public.


What to expect during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend

There are a range of different events and festivities taking place throughout the long weekend. This includes countrywide celebrations with street parties taking place in various communities. There is an online toolkit available to help plan your celebrations with family and friends. At least 12 million people are predicted to be attending Platinum Jubilee parties across the UK.

There will also be big screens set up outdoors in locations within London, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Screens broadcasting the events will be placed in The Mall in London, Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and in Cardiff’s Bute Park. Undoubtedly, it will be an exciting atmosphere within the UK and showcase the best of Britain to the world.

There are an array of attractions and events during the Platinum Jubilee weekend. Some events will undoubtedly cause a great deal of interest and excitement for the general public. On June 2nd the Queen’s Birthday Parade and Platinum Jubilee Beacons are taking place. There is the Platinum Party at the Palace taking place on June 4th which will be broadcasted on the BBC.

The Platinum party will feature performances from an array of popular musicians including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran and Hanz Zimmer. The Derby at Epsom Downs is also taking place on June 4th which will be attended by the Royal Family. Tickets can be purchased via The Jockey Club official website.

To close off the Platinum Jubilee on June 5th there will be The Big Jubilee Lunch within communities nationwide and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The pageant will feature over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. With the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and surrounding streets, the pageant will be a great end to the celebration ceremony.

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Leading up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, most of the banks and online money transfer companies in the UK will be closed. If your international payments involve GBP or a foreign exchange company based in the UK, chances are they won’t be processed until the following week. Please bear that in mind when you’re planning your budget.

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