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What is a 'platinum jubilee'?
A jubilee is an anniversary of an important event, such as a new queen being crowned. These special anniversaries are often named after valuable materials. For example, silver is used for a 25th anniversary, gold is for a 50th anniversary and platinum for a 70th. In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her platinum jubilee, which means it is 70 years since she became queen. It's the first time any British queen or king has ever had a platinum jubilee!
How and when did Elizabeth become Queen?
Princess Elizabeth was only 25 years old when her father, King George VI, died on 6 February 1952. At the time, she was on a royal tour of Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She immediately returned to the UK as Queen, although she was not crowned until 2 June 1953.
How will the jubilee be celebrated?
With parties! From 2 to 5 June there will be a four-day long weekend for people in the UK. There are lots of special events planned, including the Queen's Birthday Parade, which will take place on Thursday 2 June. Members of the Royal Family will travel in carriages, along with 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. The parade will leave Buckingham Palace and go along a very famous London street called The Mall. On Saturday 4 June, there will be a live concert called The Platinum Party at the Palace, where lots of celebrities will perform. On Sunday 5 June, people across the country will hold street parties and have lunch outside with their neighbours.
How are young people getting involved?
The official logo for the jubilee was created by a 19-year-old student! He won a design competition. The logo is a picture of a crown that is drawn by a single, continuous line, and the logo is purple, the royal colour.
Young people can also enter a fun baking competition! The Platinum Pudding competition is open to anyone living in the UK who is 8 years or older. They have to create a brand-new dessert and then send in their recipe and a photo of it. You can see some of the competition entries on Instagram, using the hashtag #platinumpudding. The winning pudding will be served at the jubilee celebrations.
Another interesting way to celebrate the event is by taking part in a project called the Queen's Green Canopy. It asks people to help create a green future by planting a tree. The slogan is 'Plant a tree for the Jubilee'. The project is working to protect 70 types of ancient trees.
Whether it's street parties, parades, puddings or planting trees, there really is something for everyone to mark the platinum jubilee of the Queen.
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