The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has finally arrived after weeks and months of preparations. The monarch will celebrate an incredible 70 years on the throne. Many members of the public have enjoyed an excellent four-day bank holiday weekend.
It all kicks off on Thursday, June 2, with celebrations continuing through Sunday, June 5, with events ranging from family picnics to an unprecedented 5,000-person street party in the Northwest, in what the Met Office has said will be a quintessential British summer bank holiday of drizzle and spotty sunshine.
But if leaving home isn’t every day of the Jubilee weekend and isn’t in your plans, you may want to watch some of the special coverage from the comfort of your sofa.
From the heir to the throne making a guest appearance at Walford, chatting with the residents of Albert Square, to a huge party with a star-studded lineup outside Buckingham Palace, there’s a lot going on. Here’s a look at what you can expect on ITV and the BBC over the next four days.
Thursday, June 2
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Color – BBC One, 10am
The start of the celebrations is the annual and very traditional Trooping the Colour. The military parade will feature more than 1,500 officers and men and 350 horses from the Household Division on stage at Horse Guards Parade in central London, with the color in droves by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.
Some 400 musicians from 10 military bands and drum corps will parade amid pomp and pomp. The royal family will travel from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to the parade ground in carriages, with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal on horseback.
It will feature a six-minute display of more than 70 aircraft including the Red Arrows and the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and The Countess of Wessex, Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will be on the balcony for the fly-in.
The One Show: Jubilee Special – BBC One 6:30pm
The first of two specials with Alex Jones and Ronan Keating.
EastEnders Anniversary Special – BBC One, 7pm
Residents of Albert Square will be seen celebrating 70 years of the Queen’s reign at The Queen Victoria pub, as well as a street party in the square, and will be treated to a surprise visit from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. .
Platinum Beacons: Illuminating the Jubilee – BBC One, 8pm
At night, more than 3,000 beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen. The network of burning tributes will stretch across the country, with beacons at places like the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates at Sandringham and Balmoral, and at the top of the four highest peaks in the UK.
The Queen will lead the lighting of the main jubilee beacon from Windsor Castle. This will mark the start of the lighting of the main Tree of Trees lighthouse at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Cambridge will be at Buckingham Palace, representing his grandmother, as part of a special double ceremony.
BBC coverage will be hosted by Kirsty Young, while Jermaine Jenas will be stationed at Buckingham Palace, while Gethin Jones will appear live from Wales. Meanwhile, Carol Kirkwood and Holly Hamilton will provide coverage from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Friday, June 3
The Thanksgiving Jubilee Service – BBC One, 9:15am
Kirsty Young, David Dimbleby and Sophie Raworth will host the thanksgiving service which will be broadcast live from St Paul’s Cathedral from 9:15am on BBC One.
There will be no ceremonial trip to the cathedral and the Queen, if attending, will use a different entrance to aid her comfort rather than the steep front steps. Wider members of the family, possibly including Harry, Meghan and Andrew, are expected to be in attendance, and the service will be followed by a reception at the Guildhall for members of the royal family.
The One Show: Jubilee Special – BBC One, 6:45pm
The second of two specials with Alex Jones and Ronan Keating.
The Crown Jewels – BBC One, 7:30 p.m.
BBC News presenter Clive Myrie has been delving into the story of the Crown Jewels. In the BBC One documentary, Clive will have unique access to the Jewels, as he travels across Britain to discover their stories. And even he gives crown making a try.
Saturday, June 4
Derby at Epsom Downs – ITV, 12.40pm
The third day of celebrations begins with a trip to the races. The Queen was due to attend the Epsom Derby, but she is no longer planning to do so to keep pace over the weekend. The Princess Royal is expected to represent the monarch at the racecourse, where up to 40 horsemen past and present who have ridden for the Queen will form a guard of honour.
Great Jubilee Party on the Street of the National Lottery – ITV, 5pm
Filmed in Manchester at the AO Arena just a couple of weeks ago, hosts Jason Manford and Fleur East lead the National Lottery Jubilee Big Block Party. It will air from 5 pm to 7 pm with performances from the likes of Becky Hill, Tom Grennan, Steps and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Platinum Party at the Palace – BBC One, 7.30pm
In another musical treat, the biggest names in show business will come together to help celebrate the Queen’s very special occasion, right outside her iconic London home. The likes of Diana Ross, Queen and Adam Lambert, Duran Duran and Sir Rod Stewart will take the stage for the star-studded concert.
The big party will be hosted by Roman Kemp and Kirsty Young with more performances from Alicia Keys, George Ezra, Andrea Bocelli and Eurovision singer Sam Ryder. The show will also feature stars including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews. Charles and William prepare to pay public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who will be watching on television from Windsor.
The Queen: 70 Glorious Years – BBC One, 22:40
As we need the penultimate day of the Jubilee celebrations, viewers can relax as BBC One will broadcast a special look at the Queen’s time on the throne. Narrated by Julie Walters, the show will see some of Britain’s biggest stars share memories and observations on the changes they have experienced during her reign.
Sunday, June 5
The Platinum Jubilee Parade – BBC One, 1pm
It’s the last day of the spectacular four-day celebrations in honor of the Queen and BBC One will complete its weekend with coverage of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday afternoon. The festival will tell the story of the Queen’s reign in four separate acts, each celebrating a different aspect of her life with the help of hosts such as Clare Balding, AJ Odudu, Anita Rani, Sophie Morgan and Anton Du Beke.
Corgi puppets, a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen and the Gold State Coach are just a few of the sights that will be featured in the 3km parade. Stars including Idris Elba, Sir Cliff Richard, Courtney Love and Slade’s Noddy Holder will board open-top buses in a historic tribute to the culture and music of the seven decades of the Queen’s reign.
The monarch is expected to make one final appearance on the Palace balcony to round off the weekend with a musical finale of Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem with a choir of some 200 celebrities.