Britain is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, her 70 years on the throne. Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated across the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom.
Her Majesty The Queen is the first British Monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. From today the 2nd to 5th June, 2022 events are taking place across the United Kingdom for an extended bank holiday weekend to reflect on HM The Queen’s unprecedented anniversary.
Many expect this will be the last big bash for the 96-year-old queen. And even those who are lukewarm toward the House of Windsor have embraced the special four-day holiday weekend. Brits are ready to put the pandemic behind them and celebrate.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will however, miss the Jubilee church service after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, 3rd of June.
Taking to Twitter, Most Rev Justin Welby said he is “deeply saddened” to miss “the historic celebration” but said he will be “praying for the Queen and giving thanks for her extraordinary seventy years of service to us all”.
The Archbishop of York, Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell will lead the service instead.
The head of the Church of England is currently resting at home, avoiding contact with others and has cancelled all engagements this week. It is the first the 66 year-old has had Covid-19.
Archbishop Justin concluded: “Meanwhile as we continue to live with coronavirus, I pray too for all those who are still suffering and everyone who continues to mourn loved ones they have lost during the pandemic. May you each know the love and comfort of God.
“As we prepare to celebrate the first Platinum Jubilee in our nation’s history, may God save The Queen, and bless her with the knowledge of our profound love and gratitude for her service to us all.”