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The royals who will lead the Platinum Jubilee celebrations – what we know so far

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The Platinum Jubilee celebrations are well and truly under way as The Queen took part in festivities at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The main events of the long weekend marking her 70 year reign start on June 2nd 2022 and details of which royals will be leading the different parts of the celebrations are already being revealed.

The first big event of the Jubilee weekend is Trooping the Colour which will see hundreds of thousands of people line the streets of London to cheer on The Queen and her family. It’s understood The Queen hopes to take part in the traditional Sovereign’s Parade marking her official birthday. She is expected to ride the short distance from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade on the morning of June 2nd 2022 by carriage.

Other royals are also set to take part in the carriage procession. The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex will ride to Horse Guards on the morning of Trooping. The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal are expected to take part in the military parade as is the Duke of Cambridge who is Colonel of the Irish Guards whose 1st Battalion are trooping their colour this year.

Following the parade, there will be a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. The Queen will be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for this important moment. Also present will be the Princess Royal and her husband, Timothy Laurence, as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Other working royals are also set to appear with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra taking their spots alongside The Queen.

Later that evening, one of the most traditional parts of the Jubilee celebrations takes place on The Mall. The Jubilee beacon will be lit, starting a chain of lights around the UK and the Commonwealth. Beacons have been lit since the very first Jubilee in Britain in 1809 and were used for centuries before that to mark major royal events. The Queen has lit the beacons at her past Jubilees but won’t confirm her attendance here until the day. It may be left to the Prince of Wales to do the honours. However, King George V lit his Jubilee beacon indoors by pressing a button so Her Majesty might yet take inspiration from her grandfather to be part of this tradition.

The biggest royal turnout of the Jubilee is expected on the morning of June 3rd 2022. The Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral and it’s expected that the whole Royal Family will be in attendance. The Queen will be determined to attend this ceremony and will have the Prince of Wales at her side. Her other children, including the Duke of York, will also be there. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely to attend as this is a family event as well as a formal part of the celebrations. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will also be present as will Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and their families. The Queen’s nephew and niece, the Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto, along with their families. The children and grandchildren of Her Majesty’s cousins will also be in attendance.

The Epsom Derby on June 4th 2022 has been an official part of the Jubilee celebrations since they were confirmed in the summer of 2021. Official announcements point to a large number of royals attending. The Queen is a passionate horsewoman and will want to be at the Derby, one of the highlights of her year, even though her much tipped runner, Reach for the Moon, has had to withdraw. It looks as if this will be where we’re most likely to see Her Majesty with her grandchildren including Beatrice, Eugenie, Harry, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. Although part of the official festivities, it is a much more relaxed celebration with a family feel. The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal are all due to undertake official Jubilee visits around the UK on behalf of The Queen during the weekend and the afternoon of June 3rd and morning of June 4th seems the most likely time for these to happen although nothing has yet been confirmed.

The evening of June 4th 2022 may also provide a chance for a wider royal gathering. The Platinum Party at the Palace starts in the early evening. At the Diamond Jubilee, The Queen attended only the final part of the celebratory concert and it’s likely she will follow the same pattern, if she attends at all. Buckingham Palace has said that her appearance at events will be confirmed on the morning they are set to take place. The Prince of Wales may well give the official speech at the end, as he did in 2012. And, just as happened ten years ago, this will be one event where younger members of the family will turn out in large numbers so we may well see Beatrice, Eugenie, Harry, Peter and Zara at this Jubilee event.

The final day of the Platinum Jubilee weekend sees the Platinum Pageant take over the streets of London. Thousands of people will take part in the event while hundreds of thousands more are expected to watch. The whole event culminates on The Mall with organisers promising some surprises to finish the day. We can expect the Royal Family to watch the Pageant as it unfolds.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall will take a leading role in the final day of celebrations. Although street parties and community get togethers are planned throughout the weekend, Sunday June 5th has been designated as ‘Big Lunch’ day with people everywhere being encouraged to share a celebration with friends and neighbours. Camilla is the patron of the ‘Big Lunch’ and, as she did in 2012, she is expected to attend several parties which are such an integral part of Jubilees.

The Platinum Jubilee weekend runs from June 2nd until June 5th 2022, marking the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s reign.

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.