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Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee: What to know about the Grand Jubilee Luncheon


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The 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign over the British monarchy will be celebrated on Sunday with the Big Lunch.

Communities across the UK will sit down and share lunch with neighbors and friends to honor the Queen. The Big Lunch is one of many events used to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

It follows the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1977, 2002 and 2012, which marked 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. Jubilees are usually marked by a combination of ceremonial military parades, a church service and street parties.

The events began on June 2 and will end on June 5.

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is pictured in the middle of the Trooping the Color ceremony on Thursday.
(Photo by Chris Jackson)

WHAT IS THE GRAND BREAKFAST?

The Big Lunch is a celebration of community ties and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. Citizens of the UK are encouraged to get together with their neighbors and friends for the Big Lunch.

Events on the big day will range “from world record attempts for the longest street party to backyard barbecues and everything in between.”

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Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee: What to know about the Grand Jubilee Luncheon

Queen Elizabeth II is joined on the balcony of Buckingham Palace by senior members of the Royal Family for Trooping the Colour.
(Photo by Chris Jackson)

HOW DO PEOPLE CELEBRATE?

More than 60,000 people have registered with the monarchy to host large luncheons, according to the royal website. Guests were able to request free packs from the Monarchy to start their big breakfast.

Ten million people are expected to join the Big Lunch celebrations. At least 600 major international Jubilee lunches are also planned in countries such as Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and Switzerland.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee: What to know about the Grand Jubilee Luncheon

Queen Elizabeth II lit the main beacon on Thursday evening as part of her Platinum Jubilee weekend festivities.
(Photo by Steve Parsons-Pool)

WILL THE ROYALS BE PARTICIPANTS?

While members of the Royal Family have made appearances at some major luncheons in the past, they are not expected to attend this Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Queen Elizabeth herself has waived several events throughout the weekend as she deals with “episodic mobility issues”.

The Queen did not attend the Thanksgiving service on Friday morning after feeling “some unease” during Thursday’s events. She also withdrew from the Epsom Derby which was due to take place on Saturday.

“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast, but felt some discomfort,” a statement from Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. “Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”

“The Queen looks forward to taking part in tonight’s Beacon Lighting Event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion,” the statement concluded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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