The Queen of England is being honored this weekend by something of an anniversary celebration. Her coronation took place on June 2nd back in 1953, though she had already been in the throne for a full year. So this year is a big one, marking 60 years of the Queen’s reign. So if ever there was a weekend to visit London and take in the royal culture, this would be the one! All over the city, events like Epsom Derby, Big Jubilee Lunch, and Thames River Pageant will unfold. Events begin on Saturday, June 2nd and will go through Tuesday, June 5th. The Jubilee Family Festival sounds like one of the most appealing events to me, featuring all sorts of entertainment, food, live music, comedians, off-broadway performances, and much more. The London Evening Standard reports on the latest news for the Jubilee Family Festival:
“The West End is moving to London’s Hyde Park for a two-day jubilee event.
The Jubilee Family Festival, presented by Sainsbury’s, features exclusive West End performances from Billy Elliot the Musical, The Lion King and international hit War Horse.
Stars from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and children’s favourites Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina and Thomas The Tank Engine will also perform.
Motorcycle stunts, parachutists, marching bands and British food and drink stalls are part of the ticketed event, while a village green features traditional games such as tug-of-war and welly-wanging.
Visitors do not need to miss any official jubilee celebrations because giant screens televising events will be across the site.
Other entertainment, ranging from New Zealand Maori haka performers to Harambee African drummers, will ensure Commonwealth countries are represented.”
To me, it is incredibly remarkable that one person might be in office for something like 60 years. That is going to be some celebration this weekend! I unfortunately won’t make it to London for this fun and event-filled weekend, but send my happy anniversary regards to the Queen and hope that it is a safe and fun weekend for festivity-goers.