Members of The Royal Family to Attend Big Lunch

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the135th Sandringham Flower Show at Sandringham House in Norfolk, 2019

IN CELEBRATION OF HER MAJESTY’S PLATINUM JUBILEE, MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY WILL ATTEND BIG JUBILEE LUNCHES 

SUNDAY 5TH JUNE 2022 

Engagement 1

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, as Patron of the Big Lunch, will attend a Big Jubilee Lunch at The Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS. 

On arrival at The Oval, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be received by Steve Elworthy, Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club, Richard Thompson, Chair of Surrey County Cricket Club, Peter Stewart, Executive Director of The Big Lunch and Lindsey Brummitt, Programme Director of The Big Lunch. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then make their way around tables on the cricket pitch, meeting guests. Their Royal Highnesses will also view a 6×1.5m felt art piece by Lucy Sparrow, of a Jubilee Lunch featuring the Platinum Pudding, scotch eggs and fruit platters, along the way. (The piece will be displayed later this year in the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace and photos will be issued over the weekend.) Her Royal Highness will present Platinum Champions with certificates and pins, before cutting a Big Jubilee Lunch cake. 

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Engagement 2

In Windsor, The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend a Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk. 

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will meet members of the local community in Windsor, who will come together on The Long Walk to create ‘the Long Table’, in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet groups of street performers. 

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Over 85,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches over the Jubilee central weekend, with events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to back garden BBQ’s and everything in between. As millions of people across the UK sit down to share lunch in their communities, a flagship event will be taking place at The Oval in London where a specially invited audience will share friendship, food and fun together with entertainment at the iconic venue. 

People are joining in across the world with over 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland. 

At the flagship event at The Oval, guests will include members of the local community, 70 volunteers who have been recognised as Platinum Champions through the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards, celebrity ambassadors and representatives from a number of other charities and organisations including The Duchy, The Prince’s Trust, The Prince’s Foundation, and Age UK. 

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall 

The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron of the Big Lunch since 2013. 

Their Royal Highnesses recently visited Albert Square (EastEnders) in order to attend a Big Lunch to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The episode is due to air at 7.30pm, Thursday 2nd June on BBC One. 

Last month, The Duchess, Patron of both The Big Lunch and Emmaus UK, attended a pre-Jubilee, Big Lunch with supporters, volunteers, Big Lunch organisers and Platinum Champion nominees at Emmaus Mossley. 

In July 2019, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the tenth anniversary celebration of The Big Lunch at the Eden Project. During the visit, Her Royal Highness met with supporters of The Big Lunch and cut a birthday cake to celebrate the initiative’s decade of work. 

Their Royal Highnesses last attended a Big Lunch event together in 2018 when they joined a Commonwealth Big Lunch at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. TRHs also attended the Big Jubilee Lunch in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee on Piccadilly. 

The Duchess of Cornwall has been the President of Royal Voluntary Service since 2012 and has visited many of its services, meeting volunteers as well as the people the charity supports. Most recently Her Royal Highness launched the Platinum Champions Awards with the charity, where she also took the position of President of the awards’ judging panel. 

The Big Lunch 

The Big Lunch is an annual opportunity to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better. Since 2009 The Big Lunch has been bringing millions of people together every year to celebrate community, with 9 million people participating last year across the UK and over £7m raised for good causes through community events. In 2022, The Big Jubilee Lunch will be the official community celebration for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend and The Big Lunch will once again kick start a whole Month of Community. 

More information on The Big Lunch can be found here

Royal Voluntary Service & Platinum Champions Awards 

Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with volunteers supporting the NHS and thousands of vulnerable people in the community. 

The Platinum Champions Awards were launched by Royal Voluntary Service and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in honour of the charity’s Patron Her Majesty The Queen and the example she has set in her 70 years of service. 

Together in partnership with The Big Jubilee Lunch, the awards are an official Jubilee project to celebrate extraordinary volunteers across the UK who are making a difference every day. 

A call out inviting the UK to nominate hero volunteers in their communities saw over 3,000 aged from 16 to 101, who have supported a range of causes, put forward. From these nominations, 490 volunteers have been hand-picked by a judging panel presided over by The Duchess of Cornwall. All 490 will receive a specially designed pin and a signed certificate from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. 

Reflecting the 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign, 70 outstanding volunteers were selected from the 490 Platinum Champions and invited to attend the Big Jubilee Lunch. In this stage, judges included NHS CEO, Amanda Pritchard, Eden Project and Big Jubilee Lunch Executive Director Peter Stewart MVO, and Ade Adepitan MBE, Alex Jones, Elaine Paige OBE, Felicity Kendal CBE, Gethin Jones, Gyles Brandreth, Myleene Klass and Tom Read Wilson. 

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