Across the UK, people are preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with street parties, picnics and events.
This is the first time any UK monarch has reached this milestone, and it will make Elizabeth II the third-longest reigning monarch in world history.
As the country gears up to celebrate the Queen’s seventieth year on the throne, here’s how to take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch.
What date is the Big Jubilee Lunch?
The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place on Sunday 5 June, for the third time.
The first Big Lunch was organized in 2009 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, and the second one was held for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The aim of the event is to bring neighbors and communities together.
How to find an event near you
You can find out where the nearest Big Jubilee Lunch is to you by using this interactive map tool developed by Eden Project Communities.
If you are planning your own lunch, you can add the details to the map so others can join in with the festivities.
You can also request a free pack which is full of ideas, inspiration, recipes and invitations. All you need to do is fill in your details and you will be sent a link to the pack via email.
The postal packs have now run out but all you need to do is fill in your details and you will be sent a link to the pack via email.
What other events are taking place?
Many other street parties and celebrations will be taking place across the weekend.
You can search for all the best events on the official website for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee including community street parties, picnics, concerts and exhibitions.
Next Door also has an interactive map which enables you to find out what celebrations are taking place in your local community.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade – Trooping the Color – will take place in central London on Thursday 2 June.
The parade, including more than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 250 horses, will begin at Buckingham Palace and move down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, with the royals riding horses and in carriages.
The spectacle is free to attend, and it will be broadcast live on BBC One.
The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace will take place on Saturday 4 June. This event is open to the public but booking is required and the ballot for tickets has now closed. The event will also be streamed live on BBC One.
On Sunday 5 June, the Jubilee Pageant will be held in central London, with a 3km-long carnival procession moving down The Mall and past the palace. This event is open to the public and booking is not required.