Her Majesty The Queen, who has recently added a Lifton home lift to her Balmoral home as part of future-proofing upgrades, is set for a four-day weekend of pageantry and celebrations to mark 70 years on the throne.

In January 2022, The Queen, who is now in her 97th year, became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee and to honour this impressive milestone, celebrations will be held over a special bank holiday from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5. At Lifton Home Lifts we have looked at the best ways to celebrate with family and friends to commemorate this special and unique occasion in style.

Big Jubilee Lunch

A real focus to the weekend’s celebrations is set for Sunday, June 5, when people across the country and commonwealth are encouraged to get together for food, friendship and fun, sharing lunch with neighbours, friends and loved ones for street parties, picnics or back garden BBQs. Over 60k people have registered with the official website to host a lunch, so there will be parties popping up in most local communities open to the public, for those who aren’t hosting a party of their own.

Beacon lighting

Beacon chains, which were once a way of sending signals across the country, are now used as a symbol of unity across the commonwealth, to celebrate Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations. Thousands of beacons will be lit on the Thursday of the Platinum Jubilee weekend by communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, as well as in all 54 capital cities of the Commonwealth. Communities will be welcome to join their local beacon lighting ceremony, which may be accompanied by other evening celebrations like fireworks and parades.

Enjoy the Trees

Starting in October 2021 and continuing until the end of 2022, the Platinum Jubilee year is being marked by tree planting initiative, The Queens’ Green Canopy. Members of the public are encouraged to plant a tree to create a network of corridors, avenues and copses of trees in honour of Her Majesty. Those who are looking for a quieter or more solitary way to enjoy the jubilee weekend, can take a moment to appreciate trees and nature by walking in a park or arboretum, or even planting a tree of their own.

Platinum Party at the Palace

On Saturday, June 4, the Palace plays host to a huge celebration packed full of famous faces from the entertainment world. With 22,000 guests attending including 10,000 from the public ballot and 5,000 key worker tickets. The party will be broadcast live across the BBC’s channels for everyone to enjoy at home. Friends or family can gather to enjoy the spectacle and create a party of their own.

Pageantry at Buckingham Palace

A royal celebration would not be complete without formal ceremonies, services, processions and pageantry, and the Platinum Jubilee weekend will not disappoint.

Thursday’s Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade at 11am, complete with Royal Gun Salute will start the celebrations in the traditional way, followed by the Royal Family’s balcony appearance and a Flypast.

A service of Thanksgiving will be held on Friday at St Paul’s Cathedral, where Great Paul, the cathedral’s bell will be rung. On Sunday, June 5, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will see the Gold State Carriage led by the Sovereign’s Escort and will be an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty.

The Pageant is billed to use latest digital technology to bring to life iconic moments from The Queen’s reign as well as showcasing our changing society over the past 70 years. Whether at an event in person or tuned in from home, the whole commonwealth can enjoy the splendour and gravitas of the occasion.