The weird and wonderful traditions on display at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Colonel’s Examination is the final evaluation of the Trooping the Color Parade.Credit:Getty

What are the cutting-edge technology displays?

Some of the exhibits include a steel ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture designed by Thomas Heatherwick outside Buckingham Palace, and a £15 million ($26 million) ‘People’s Pageant’ carnival and finale on Sunday where there will be a 3D wire bust of the Queen, maypole dancers, a giant moving wedding cake that plays Bollywood hits, dragons and beasts, and a 20ft tall puppet of the Queen as a as a princess, surrounded by corgi puppets. Ed Sheeran will play the popular contest.

Some of the corgi puppets that will be part of the popular contest.

Some of the corgi puppets that will be part of the popular contest. Credit:PA

Ok, so these are the official Jubilee events. What else?

The main event in towns and cities across the UK will be a long, enjoyable lunch. Local councils received 85,000 applications to hold large Jubilee lunches, including some in closed streets. It will all look like a lunch hosted on a long table outside Windsor Castle on the 3 mile long historic walk. Elsewhere you’ll see lots of knitting, cocktails and cakes. Holmes Chapel Yard Bombers Group in Cheshire has made a hand-knit life-size model of the Queen and her corgis. Stonehenge projected eight images of the Queen throughout her life onto the stones, prompting some to wonder why.

The Stonehenge tribute to the queen drew mixed responses.

The Stonehenge tribute to the queen drew mixed responses. Credit:Pennsylvania

At Bromsgrove High Street’s Platinum Jubilee Committee, they chose to make their life-size model of the Queen from balloons, with their party including red, white and blue cotton candy, king sausages (very high content in spice) and punk music as a backing track because even former Sex Pistols frontman John Lyddon says he’s “proud of the Queen”.

What are Commonwealth Flaming Beacons for?

Flaming beacons lit from Tonga to Belize recall the Queen’s role as head of the Commonwealth, the loose and frayed membership of 54 former territories of the British Empire. During the first Diamond Jubilee in 1897, Queen Victoria’s title included “Empress of India” to signify her rule over British India, and the event was marked by a Festival of the British Empire with a parade which included 11 colonial prime ministers. Beacons are the symbolic, soft power, pomp and ceremony version of the monarchy’s former direct rule over its now independent territories.

A member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, right, holding the Commonwealth of Nations globe on arrival at the Tower of London.  The globe will be used for lighting the main lighthouse at Buckingham Palace.

A member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, right, holding the Commonwealth of Nations globe on arrival at the Tower of London. The globe will be used for lighting the main lighthouse at Buckingham Palace.Credit:Pennsylvania

What is the color of the parade?

The British Army celebrates the monarch’s ‘official birthday’ for 260 years, usually on the second Saturday in June with a parade of soldiers, horses and musicians, followed by a ceremony centered around the regiment’s military colors or flag . This year there will be a parade of 1500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division, with the decked color of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. They will be joined in the parade by soldiers from Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Wait, the queen has two birthdays?

Yes, Britain selects an official celebration day so that there is a better chance of good weather for the parade. The Queen’s ‘real’ birthday is April 21, which she usually marks privately with her family and a 124-gun salute in London and Windsor.

This is the Queen's official Platinum Jubilee portrait, released on June 2.

This is the Queen’s official Platinum Jubilee portrait, released on June 2. Credit:Buckingham Palace

Will it be televised?

Yes, BBC One will host Platinum Jubilee Weekend TV coverage. The BBC’s first chief executive, Sir John Reith, was a follower of the monarchy and supported the creation of ‘audible shows’ which became a permanent feature of BBC radio after the Duke of York married in 1923 Microphones were set up around the event so listeners could hear the bells ringing, the crowds cheering, the horse-drawn carriages clattering and the horses racing down the mall. This weekend, the entire event will be shown on BBC One in full HD.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan be there?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee weekend, but they will not appear on the balcony for the RAF flypast, nor will any other working royals not including Prince Andrew.

Has the UK always celebrated the Queen’s reign?

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Historian Sir David Cannadine describes royal pageantry as an ‘invented tradition’ which was strategically created by the British establishment to give the royal family ‘new things to do’ after the monarchy lost its harsh power and was prevented from creating laws and expelling prime ministers. . “New justifications for their continued existence” were needed, says sociologist and author Bea Campbell.

Why is there a golden carriage?

It’s part of the magic. Cannadine says any successful royal pageantry must include “anachronistic modes of transport or clothing to enhance its mystery or magic.” The Golden Grand State Carriage was commissioned in 1760 by King George III and has been used at the coronation of every monarch since 1762. Even then it was expensive, costing £7,562 or around 1.6 million pounds ($2.8 million) in 2022 money.

The gold State Coach has been used by British monarchs for over two centuries for grand spectacles.

The gold State Coach has been used by British monarchs for over two centuries for grand spectacles. Credit:Getty

Who earns the most money?

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It’s hard to say for sure, but memorial pottery makers are probably at the top of the list. The coronation of George VI and Elizabeth in 1937 created such an outpouring of royal commemorative pottery that the government imposed a 100% import duty on imported foreign souvenirs to keep profits in the country. As Cannadine writes, “new consumer-focused companies such as Rowntree, Cadbury and Oxo have leveraged royal events to help their advertising campaigns.” The same is certainly true for the Platinum Jubilee of 2022, with £48,000 in hotel rooms and tea for corgis on offer this week.

Jubilee merchandise is available at all prices.

Jubilee merchandise is available at all prices. Credit:Bloomberg

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