The Queen’s Silver Jubilee 1977
In 1977, to mark 25 years of The Queen’s reign, Silver Jubilee celebrations were held throughout the country and Commonwealth.
During the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, church services were held to commemorate The Queen’s ascension to the throne in February 1952 and to mark the beginning of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year. Official Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations were held during the summer of 1977.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made a tour of the country and various parts of the world to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. In just three months The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made six tours across the UK and visited 36 counties, and traveled an estimated 56,000 miles around the world.
On Monday 6 June 1977 The Queen lit a national beacon at Windsor, the first of many Silver Jubilee beacons to be lit around the nation. On Tuesday 7 June 1977 a service of Thanksgiving was held at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and The Queen traveled in a Gold State Coach. It is estimated that 500 million people watched the Queen’s Silver Jubilee procession on television. Queen’s Jubilee street party events were held all over the country – and in London alone 4,000 street party events were estimated to have taken place.
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee 2002
In 2002 the nation celebrated 50-years of The Queen’s reign in a wonderful Golden Jubilee year.
Six key Queen’s Golden Jubilee themes were recognised: ’Celebration, Community, Service, Past and future, Giving thanks and Commonwealth’.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh made a Golden Jubilee UK and world tour. During 2002 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited 70 cities and towns throughout the UK and travelled more than 30,000 miles around the world. The Golden Jubilee tour began with a visit to Jamaica in February 2002 and ended with a tour of Canada in October 2002.
Celebrations during 2002 included a spectacular Queen’s Golden Jubilee fireworks display and the largest ever chain of Queen’s Jubilee beacons to ever have been lit on Monday 3 June 2002. The most northerly beacon to be lit was in the Arctic, 300 miles from the North Pole, and the most southerly beacon was in Antarctica, 1,000 miles from the South Pole.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012
This year, 2012, The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. Only one other British Monarch in history, Queen Victoria, has reigned for 60 years or more. It is a very rare and special occasion for the British nation and the Commonwealth.
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