LONDON – The UK will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne with a military parade, neighborhood parties and a contest to create a new dessert for the Platinum Celebration, Palace Buckingham said on Monday.
On February 6, Elizabeth will become the first British monarch to reign in seven decades, and the festivities marking the anniversary will culminate over a four-day weekend of events from February 2- June 5. It is not immediately clear what events the queen, 95, will participate in after doctors recently advised her to get more rest.
The weekend, which includes an extra holiday in honor of the queen, will begin on Thursday, June 2, with the Festival of Colors —- the annual military parade marking the official birthday of the Queen. Queen.
Then, on June 3, there will be a Thanksgiving service honoring the queen’s service to the UK, her other kingdoms and the Commonwealth.
To celebrate the chicken coronation – a concoction of cold chicken, curry powder, mayonnaise and other ingredients served at garden parties marking the queen’s official ascension – the palace will donate support the Platinum Pudding competition to create a new dessert exclusively for the King.
The competition will be open to UK residents aged 8 and under and will be judged by television cooking personalities Mary Berry and Monica Galetti, along with Buckingham Palace chef Mark Flanagan. The winning formula will be announced before the Holiday Weekend so it can be part of the celebrations.
About 1,400 people have signed up to host the Jubilee lunch on 5 June, with flagship events taking place in London and at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The Palace is expected to host around 200,000 neighborhood events across the UK
The weekend will close with a contest honoring the monarch’s service and looking forward to the next 70 years. Dancers, musicians, military personnel and key workers will “tell the story of the Queen’s reign,” while children will create a picture of their hopes and aspirations for the planet, palace said.