National Event

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

There is a long tradition in our country of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons - on top of mountains, church and cathedral towers, castle battlements, on town and village greens, country estates, parks and farms, along beaches and on cliff tops. In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons
Platinum Jubilee Beacons

On 2nd June 2022, we will celebrate another unique milestone in our history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – her Platinum Jubilee. It is a feat no previous monarch has achieved. More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service. The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2nd to 5th June 2022.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

At 2pm Town Criers are being invited to undertake the Proclamation announcing the lighting of the beacons later that evening.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

At 2pm Town Criers are being invited to undertake the Proclamation announcing the lighting of the beacons later that evening.

To officially announce the lighting of the beacons a unique Bugle Call entitled ‘Majesty,’ will be played at 9.40pm by Buglers and Cornet players at the individual beacon locations.

At 9.45 pm local time the beacons will be lit and choirs will sing a specially written “Song for the Commonwealth” in what is being billed as “voices around the globe joining together in celebration.”