Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons: What to know

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The UK is celebrating 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

June 2 marks the primary day of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which can conclude on June 5. The Jubilee will encompass a handful of occasions set to honor and rejoice Queen Elizabeth II.

It follows Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1977, 2002 and 2012, which marked 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. Jubilees are often marked with a mix of ceremonial army shows, a church service and avenue events.

The lighting of the beacons is one among two occasions to happen on June 2.

As part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a chain of beacons will be lit to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

As a part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a series of beacons might be lit to honor Queen Elizabeth II.
(Photograph by Chris Jackson)

QUEEN ELIZABETH THROUGH THE YEARS

WHAT IS IT?

There has lengthy been the custom of lighting beacons to rejoice Jubilees, weddings and coronations in the UK. 

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The beacons are often lit atop mountains, cathedral towers, citadel battlements, on city and village greens, nation estates, parks and farms, alongside seashores and on cliff tops, in keeping with the Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth II will light the principal beacon at Windsor Castle on June 2.

Queen Elizabeth II will mild the principal beacon at Windsor Fortress on June 2.
(Photograph by Chris Jackson)

WHAT HAPPENS?

Beginning at dusk, a series of beacons might be lit throughout the UK to honor Queen Elizabeth II. The beacon chain was initially used for communication, however now could be used for particular occasions and celebrations.

There are three sorts of beacons: 

Group Beacons – Communities and charity teams will mild these beacons all through areas of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the UK’s Abroad Territories.

Commonwealth Beacons – Certainly one of these beacons might be lit in all 54 capital cities of the Commonwealth.

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Principal Beacon – This beacon might be lit by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony held at Windsor Fortress.

Bruno Peek and Queen Elizabeth II lighting a beacon in 2016 to mark the queen's 90th birthday.

Bruno Peek and Queen Elizabeth II lighting a beacon in 2016 to mark the queen’s ninetieth birthday.
(Photograph by ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP)

WHAT TO EXPECT

Queen Elizabeth II is anticipated to mild the principal beacon, however might choose out of the ceremony. She might reportedly miss out on some Platinum Jubilee occasions because of her “episodic mobility issues.”

The queen has more and more delegated public duties to different members of the royal household because of poor well being in latest months.

The members of the royal household are anticipated to reach at Windsor Fortress round 9:25 p.m London time and the ceremony might be led by pageant grasp Bruno Peek.

Peek participated in Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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