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A Platinum Pudding fit for The Queen: Dame Mary Berry to judge Jubilee cooking contest – and YOU can take part

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Bakers across Britain are being asked to come up with a pudding fit for The Queen as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Platinum Pudding contest is being held to mark the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s reign this year.

The Big Jubilee Lunch has joined forces with Fortnum & Mason to launch a search for a brand new sweet treat to celebrate the Monarch’s milestone.

Cooks aged 8 and over are being asked to come up with a Platinum pudding and the final five will end up in the ultimate cook off as they chef to impress a judging panel that includes Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan.

The prize is a place in history. The winning recipe will be named Platinum Jubilee pudding and made available to the public. It’s hoped that it will be enjoyed at Big Lunch celebrations and parties for years to come. You can enter via the Fortnum and Mason website.

The Big Lunch is an annual event encouraging communities to come together to share food, fun and company. This year it will run from June 2nd until June 5th, over the long Platinum Jubilee weekend. On the final day of the celebrations, Big Lunches of all kinds, from street parties to tea dances, will take place to mark the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s reign.

Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne on February 6th 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI. Already the longest reigning Monarch in British history, she will be the first to mark a Platinum Jubilee.

The main celebrations for the Jubilee take place in June 2022.

Follow our special Twitter account, Platinum Jubilee News, to keep up to date with the very latest.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.