The History of Royal Jubilees & Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Jubilee Recipe Collection

This weekend will be full of celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen as the country celebrates the amazing achievement of her 70 years on the throne – the first British monarch to achieve this.

Jubilees mark a major milestone in the reign of a monarch and the naming of them follow the same tradition as wedding anniversaries. 25 years being a Silver Jubilee, 50 years Gold, 60 years is Diamond and 70, of course is Platinum.

Queen Victoria

George III (1760-1820) was the first British monarch to mark a Golden Jubilee in 1809. There were lavish celebrations with processions, feasts and a 50-gun salute fired from the Tower of London.  A service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral was followed by banquets held in the King’s honour, with food and money provided for the poor so everyone could partake in the festivities.

Queen Victoria (1837-1901) went a step further and celebrated 60 years on the throne, her Diamond Jubilee, in 1897. The day itself was marked privately with a service of thanksgiving at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Two days later, Victoria headed a royal procession through London, beginning at Buckingham Palace. A fledgling film industry was emerging at the time and the film coverage of the Jubilee procession was a major boost to the British film industry.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on 6th February 1952.

Her coronation took place in Westminster Abbey 16 months later on 2nd June 1953. This was to allow an appropriate length of time to pass after the death of the King. More than 20 million people watched the service as it was broadcast live on TV.

Queen Elizabeth II

Lots has changed in the past 70 years! In 1952…

  • The Prime Minister was Winston Churchill
  • Average income per year was £375
  • A litre of fuel cost 5p
  • A loaf of bread 3p
  • A pint of milk 11p
  • Popular girls names – Susan, Linda, Christine, Margaret & Janet.
  • Popular Boys Names – David, John, Stephen, Michael & Peter.
  • At the cinema – An American in Paris won Best Picture at the Oscars with Vivien Leigh, Best Actress and Humphrey Bogart, Best Actor.
  • On TV – Flower Pot Men, Come Dancing
  • Music – Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart – Vera Lynn

In the UK, the focus of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022 will be an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

Some of the main events over the weekend are:

Trooping the Colour where more than 1200 soldiers and 240 horses will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade.

Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting The Principal beacon, involving The Tree of Trees (a 21m high ‘tree’ constructed of 350 smaller trees), will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. This will start the beacon chain around the UK and commonwealth.

A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Platinum Party at the Palace On the evening of Saturday 4th June, the BBC will lead live coverage of the star-studded celebrations.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant – an exciting carnival and parade including street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume will tell the story of the Queen’s reign.

Hundreds of local events are or have been taking place across the country – some of the national projects include;

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The Big Jubilee Lunch

Over ten million people across the UK and even more throughout the commonwealth are expected to be joining the celebrations to share friendship, food and fun at Big Jubilee Lunches as part of this nationwide act of community friendship.

Take a look at our Jubilee Recipe Collection and Street Party Blog for recipe ideas!

Jubilee Tree

The Queens Green Canopy

A UK-wide tree planting initiative has invited people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will highlight 70 unique and irreplaceable Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. A special interactive map has been created to track the Jubilee tree plantings

Platinum Pudding Competition

Fortnum and Mason launched a competition to find a Platinum Jubilee pudding earlier this year. The winner was announced as the Lemon Swiss Roll & Amaretti Trifle on 12th May.

Here at Dairy Diary we have also produced our own recipe in honour of The Queen.

The Chocolate, Strawberry and Rose Marble Crown Cake.

Jubilee Crown Cake


Don’t forget the Dairy Diary Jubilee Recipe Collection and Street Party Blog for all things Royal and Jubilee inspired!


I look after communications and marketing at Dairy Diary. I’m a busy mum and love home baking and cooking for my family. In my spare time I enjoy visiting the theatre, eating out with friends and exploring the great outdoors!

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