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The Queen's most significant events to be celebrated in new displays as she marks 70 years on the throne

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Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee next year is set to be a spectacle across the UK.

As part of that, The Tower of London has announced it will have a very colourful celebration for the milestone anniversary, marking the monarch's 70 years on the throne.

Historic Royal Palaces revealed a 'Superbloom' will take place in the moat around the Tower of London in 2022, with millions of flowers to be planted between March and May.

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Queen Elizabeth will celebrate an historic milestone next year with her Platinum Jubilee. © Getty Queen Elizabeth will celebrate an historic milestone next year with her Platinum Jubilee.

"Over 20 million seeds will be sown in the moat from carefully designed seed mixes" they announced on Tuesday on their website.

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"From June to September, the flower display will erupt into new colours and patterns creating a dramatic and engaging experience.

"Designed to attract pollinators, 'Superbloom' will bring a spectacular natural beauty to the urban space and introduce a new biodiverse habitat for wildlife. It will celebrate the value of nature for our well-being."

Visitors will be able to walk through the floral tribute with specially commissioned sound installation and sculptural elements along the way, designed to "make you feel at home amongst the bees and butterflies".

But the colourful floral display aren't the only planned celebrations for Her Majesty. Here's everything we know so far about the Platinum Jubilee celebrations:

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What is a Platinum Jubilee?

A Platinum Jubilee is a celebration marking 70 years since the Queen's ascension to the throne.

Queen Elizabeth is Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the first one to reach this milestone. Her Majesty has previously celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

The monarch is among very few in history to have reached this impressive milestone. Others have included King Louis XIV, who ruled France for 72 years, 110 days.

Also ahead of Her Majesty is Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) who served for 72 years, 110 days and Prince Johann II from Liechtenstein, who reigned for 70 years, 91 days.


What date is the Platinum Jubilee?

The Queen will officially hit the 70-year mark on February 6, 2022.

It is also the 70th anniversary of the death of her beloved father, King George VI, which is what prompted her move to the top job. (Though the monarch's coronation wasn't until June 2, 1953.)

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The Queen will officially hit the 70-year mark on February 6, 2022 - the day she became Queen following the death of her father King George VI © Getty The Queen will officially hit the 70-year mark on February 6, 2022 - the day she became Queen following the death of her father King George VI

The official celebrations, however, will take place across a special four-day long weekend for the British public from June 2-5, 2022.


What events will be taking place?

A raft of events are planned right across the year, but many of these are still to be announced.

"Throughout the year, Her Majesty and Members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June - one year from today," a statement from Buckingham Palace said when announcing the celebrations in 2021.

The plans for the Jubilee long-weekend in June will include the Queen's traditional birthday celebrations, Trooping the Colour © Getty The plans for the Jubilee long-weekend in June will include the Queen's traditional birthday celebrations, Trooping the Colour

What we do know however, are the plans for the long-weekend, which will include the Queen's traditional birthday celebrations, Trooping the Colour:

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Thursday, June 2:

  • Instead of its usual Saturday date, the annual military parade will move to a Thursday and is set to return to its former grandeur along The Mall outside Buckingham Palace, after two years of scaled-back versions held at Windsor Castle due to the pandemic.
  • Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be also be lit on this day, both across the United Kingdom and in capital cities around the Commonwealth.

Friday, June 3: A Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral.

Saturday June 4:

  • Her Majesty is heading to the races in the morning, attending the Derby at Epsom Downs with members of the royal family.
  • This will be followed by a Platinum Party at the Palace, which will be a televised concert to celebrate the then 96-year-old. Members of the public will be invited to apply for the ballot to attend the event, which will also be broadcast on the BBC.

Sunday, June 5:

  • Communities are encourage to celebrate Her Majesty's reign with The Big Jubilee Lunch and come together in the "spirit of fun and friendship".
  • There will also be a Platinum Jubilee Pageant held at Buckingham Palace and in the surrounding streets, featuring 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth.

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There are set to be a number of events taking place across the Commonwealth, which includes Australia. However, these are yet to be formally announced.

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Which members of the Royal Family will be in attendance?

It's understood all members of the British Royal Family will be in attendance, especially as the monarch undertakes the celebration without her beloved husband, Prince Philip, by her side.

This is believed to include all of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh's children — heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — along with all eight of their grandchildren and everyone's spouses.

It's thought this also includes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, barring any travel restrictions that prevent them from flying over from their home in the US.

It's not known whether the Queen's great-grandchildren, such as Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie, Lilibet, August Brooksbank or the Tindall children will be involved in any of the public events.

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