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Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, which begins on June 2 and lasts all weekend, ending on June 5. There will be days full of celebrations and a man helps kick off the festivities.
Bruno Peek is the Master of the Queen’s flagship pageant which has competed in the monarch’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees. Peek’s role is to coordinate the beacon lighting ceremony in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.
Peek, 70, is currently a pageant master but has taken on a range of other roles in his life including welder, baker, butcher and construction worker before becoming the Queen’s beacon master.
Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee was in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee ten years later in 2012.
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The official Queen’s Jubilee website says there will be three flagship events.
The first will be several lighting ceremonies across the UK and its territories. The second will consist of the lighting of torches in the 54 main cities of the Commonwealth and finally, the Main Lighthouse will be lit by a member of the royal family.
Years ago in the UK, beacons were used to send messages of invasion and first began as a symbol of celebration during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Peek shared with People magazine that Queen Elizabeth appreciates beacons, but dislikes fireworks, which were present during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
“As I was leaving the stage that night, the fireworks were on and she looked at me and she gave me this cute smile,” Peek recalled. “And she said, ‘Do you know what that reminds me of – it’s the Blitz again. “”
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The magazine also reported that Peek is hosting the entire event from his home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was approached by Edward Young – the Queen’s private secretary – in November 2020 and asked to return to coordinate beacons.
Peek shared that he was planning 1,500 tags, but there were over 2,000 registered to honor the Queen.
As the flagship ceremony will mark the start of the Queen’s platinum jubilee, Peek shared with the outlet that he would be sad to see the week come to an end.
“I don’t mind admitting it, I’m going to shed a few tears that night,” Peek said.
The Queen’s Pageant Master prepares for this to be her final jubilee.
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“She’s very caring, very understanding, very polite. And she makes you feel welcome when you’re around her. And I just feel like, unfortunately, when she leaves this earth, there’s going to be a big hole .”
On top of all the festivities to come, Peek was hit by a bus and “left for dead” in March.
According to ITV News Anglia, he was walking in his hometown when a bus hit him, resulting in multiple stitches for his head injury.
“It knocked me out and I had to be taken to hospital so they could give me a full checkup including my heart as I have a heart condition,” he told the point. sale.
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“I was there for several hours and had to have stitches on the top of my head to seal the wound which the doctor said would take around 10 days to heal.
“The bus driver didn’t stop, so he left me there not knowing if I was alive or dead, which had a big personal impact on me.”