• Elisabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, at the age of 25, sixteen months after succeeding her father, King George VI, who died in February 1952.

  • Many festivities are planned throughout the year to celebrate the seventy years of his reign, the longest in UK history.

  • A pastry competition was launched on Monday.

In June, the UK will be jubilant. Elisabeth II will celebrate the 70 years of her coronation, which took place on June 2, 1953, sixteen months after having succeeded her father, King George VI, who died in February 1952. This platinum jubilee will give rise to many events throughout throughout the year, with a high point, especially for His Majesty's subjects, from June 2 to 5, which will be public holidays. To celebrate this anniversary as it should be, a pastry competition was launched on Monday. And it's not just any cake that you have to imagine: a pudding.

All Brits are invited to submit their recipe.

The finalists will be judged on May 30 by the chef and star of the BBC's culinary programs, Made Lady by the Queen, Mary Berry, and Monica Galetti of “MasterChef”.

The winning recipe will be available to the public and served during the lunches that will punctuate this long weekend of celebration.

Show at Windsor Castle

The population has also been encouraged to "plant a tree for the jubilee" and so far 60,000 have been sown, specifies the BBC, as part of the Queen's Green Canopy, committed to the preservation of the environment.

A 1.5-hour show will be given at Windsor Castle, where the Queen has resided since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 500 horses and 1,000 performers.

The traditional Trooping the Color parade will take place on June 2, a parade of 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians.

The event will be open to the public, which had not been the case since the emergence of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Concert and lunches on the grass

A mass will be held the next day in Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, and on Saturday, it is at Buckingham Palace that a great evening will be in full swing.

A concert, with several music stars - which have not yet been announced - will remind the public (who can also attend via a raffle for British residents) the great moments of the reign of Elizabeth II.

Sunday will be a little more restful, with lunches on the grass and in the streets of the whole kingdom (it will be fashionable to have prepared the aforementioned winning pudding).

Another parade, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, made up of 5,000 people from the UK and the Commonwealth, will take place around Buckingham Palace.

Each will carry a silk flag flocked with a drawing made by a schoolboy, the pupils of the country having been invited to draw their hopes for the planet.

Queen, will you be there?

It is not yet clear whether the Queen will attend all of the events or just a few.

Nor if it will simply be absent.

Her state of health has generated concern since the end of last year, when she had to be hospitalized a day before canceling her obligations and then the royal Christmas traditions.

It will be the first time that Elizabeth II will celebrate her coronation without her husband, Prince Philippe, who died in April.

She is also the first monarch in history to wear the crown for seventy years.

Queen Victoria's reign had lasted sixty-three years.

You have to go back to France and the seventy-two years that Louis XIV spent on the throne, to find such longevity in a royalty.


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