Platinum Jubilee Weekend: Timing of Events
A weekend of unforgettable celebrations to mark 70 years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Thursday 2 June
10.00 am – Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s Birthday Parade – coverage begins at 10 am on BBC One. This year, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards will troop their colour on Horse Guards Parade to celebrate the official birthday of HM the Queen.
10.30 am – Members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for the parade ground. The military spectacle will be followed by a balcony appearance by Her Majesty The Queen, and other senior Royals, to watch a special flypast.
20.00 pm – Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee. Coverage begins at 20.00 pm on BBC One.
21.25 pm – Members of the Royal Family arrive to watch the lighting of the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace – a 21-metre tall Tree of Trees sculpture. More than 3,000 beacons are being lit across the UK and the Commonwealth.
Friday 3 June
09.15 am – A Service of Thanksgiving. Coverage begins at 9.15 am on BBC One.
11.00 am – The Royal Family begin to arrive at the service of thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral.
12.25 pm – Members of the Royal Family afterwards attend a Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor.
Saturday 4 June
12.40 pm – The Epsom Derby. Coverage begins at 12.40 pm on ITV.
17.30 pm – The Epsom Derby race takes place. The Queen was expected to head to the racecourse on Derby Day, where the Monarch would be greeted with a guard of honour made of up to 40 of her past and present jockeys. The Queen’s attendance is now increasingly unlikely but will be confirmed closer to the time.
19.30 pm – Platinum Party at the Palace. Coverage begins at 19.30 pm on BBC One.
19.40 pm – Members of the Royal Family arrive at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert.
20.00 pm – 22.30 pm – The open-air concert in front of the palace, featuring stars including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Diana Ross.
Sunday 5 June
Street parties and Big Jubilee Lunches are staged across the country.
13.00 pm – The Jubilee Pageant. Coverage begins at 13.00 pm on BBC One.
14.30 pm – 17.00 pm – The Jubilee Pageant takes place in central London, with a 3km carnival procession featuring a cast of thousands including puppets and celebrities and tributes to the seven decades of the Queen’s reign. It will move down The Mall and past the palace.
20.00 pm – What a Weekend! A look back at a weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark the Queen’s historic 70-year reign. Highlights include Trooping the Colour, Beacon lighting around the UK, the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and the Platinum Pageant. Coverage begins at 20.00 pm on BBC One.