The London Bucket List during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee four-day bank holiday weekend is a spectacle to witness and experience on its own, and with it comes a host of events and celebrations that definitely need a dedicated bucket list of its own.
So if you’re in London for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, here’s our list of royally great things you need to start ticking off your list! Without further adieu, let’s start planning our festivities.
Here are your must-do’s during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so grab your flag and get going!
We kick things off on June 2nd with the lighting of the principal beacon outside Buckingham Palace which symbolises the start of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Experience a traditional ceremony full of military pomp and pageantry as we celebrate The Queen’s official birthday with ‘Trooping the Colour’ on Horse Guards Parade.
This is particularly exciting as The Queen herself attends the ceremony. She is first escorted in a carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade. There, she carries out an inspection of her troops, before leading her guards in a parade back to Buckingham Palace. Once at the palace, The Queen takes the salute, and guns are fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London. Finally, The Queen will join other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony to watch the Royal Air Force flypast.
On June 4th head over to the Cazoo Derby, when The Queen and the Royal family will also be in attendance to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Making this historic event even more special.
Head to Hampton Court Palace for the Jubilee Joust, a proper old-school fighting competition with knights on horseback (available from June 1st to June 5th).
Keep the celebration going as musicians, dancers, military personnel and key workers join forces to honour The Queen’s reign at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The fun isn’t over! Leading up to the Platinum Jubilee, even as early as May (and well into December as well, in case you may not have found the time yet!) are exhibits, celebrations and festivities all around town that are worth the visit..
- Experience Chelsea in Bloom and bask in the beauty of floral displays celebrating British icons (ends May 27th, 2022)
- Watch London blossom at Belgravia in Bloom, which pays homage to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by showcasing its Beautifully British theme (ends May 29th, 2022)
- Marvel at the Royal Dress Collection in a special display at Madame Tussauds (ends June 10th, 2022)
- Visit Superbloom to see the Tower of London moat transformed into a sea of vibrant and fragrant flowers (ends September 18th 2022)
- Take in the majesty of the robe and gown worn by The Queen on her coronation day with the Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation exhibition at Windsor Castle (ends September 26th 2022)
- Book your Buckingham Palace tour during the ‘Summer Opening’ – and step inside The Queen’s royal residence to tour their collection of fine art, beautifully decorated rooms and be privy to a special Platinum Jubilee exhibition (ends October 2nd 2022)
- Travel back in time with ‘Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession’ as Buckingham Palace hosts remarkable portraits that encapsulate the period (ends October 2nd 2022).
- Mark the royal occasion by visiting ‘Jubilee: St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World’ exhibition at St Paul’s Cathedral, commemorating previous royal jubilees including The Queen’s (ends December 1st 2022)
Here’s a list of top royal attractions you probably wouldn’t want to miss either, if you’re looking for more to cover during the celebrations:
- Take in the royal history of Hampton Court Palace, the 500-year-old residence of Henry VIII.
- Visit Windsor Castle, The Queen’s favourite weekend home.
- Get up-close-and-personal with royalty and snap a selfie with the royal family at Madame Tussauds.
- Get an up-close look at the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, including thousands of priceless gemstones, crowns and ceremonial regalia.
- Take in the incredible architecture and cultural significance of Westminster Abbey, the location of many royal coronations and weddings.
- Witness the grandeur and immerse yourself in a time of old as you view horse-drawn carriages and motor cars belonging to the royals at the Royal Mews.
- And for that ultimate guided tour – why not hop aboard a Platinum Jubilee-themed open-top bus tour and experience a truly unique tour of London – fun facts, not-so-secret musings and beautiful true-to-life story of Britain’s beloved Royal Family awaits.
All hail The Queen!