Weather not expected to spoil Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years since claiming the throne

LONDON – A celebration 70 years in the making will fill the streets of London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

The longest-reigning monarch in the country’s history is expected to attend major events on Thursday, Friday and through the weekend.

Meteorologists believe the rain will hold off for most celebrations honoring the 96-year-old Queen.

Lows typically start out in the mid-50s and highs reach around 70 degrees during an average June day in London.

The forecast is close to what residents would expect this time of year.

A storm system looks like it’ll progress into the region late Friday and over the weekend, which could impact some of the celebrations that are scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Forecast models show scattered showers will be possible over the weekend, but it'll be far from a washout.

To mark the occasion, the Royal Family released a new portrait of the Queen on Wednesday.

"I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years," Queen Elizabeth stated.


Schedule of events

Thursday, June 2

The Queen’s Birthday Parade – Thursday morning 

Hundreds of soldiers and guardsmen will march past Buckingham Palace. The royal family is expected to watch the proceedings from a balcony. The presentation will also feature a flyby by the Royal Air Force.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons – Thursday evening

Thousands of towns will light beacons to mark the historic event. The main beacon lighting will take place at Buckingham Palace with the lighting of the Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees.’ The lighting of the beacons is meant to represent the Royal Family’s championship of environmental issues.

Friday, June 3

National Service of Thanksgiving – Friday morning

A church service will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in celebration of the 70 years of reign. Great Paul will ring for the first time for a royal occasion.


Saturday, June 4 

The Derby – Saturday afternoon

Epsom Downs Racecourse will host the 243rd running of Epsom Derby. The Queen is a racehorse owner, but because of her age, some royal watchers believe she won’t be in attendance.

Platinum Party at the Palace – Saturday evening

More than 20,000 are expected to attend as famous faces in the entertainment perform musical tributes. Scheduled performances include Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Craig David, George Ezra, Ela Eyre and Diana Ross.

Sunday, June 5 

The Big Jubilee Lunch - Sunday afternoon

Over 60,000 people are expected to attend lunches throughout the country, marking what could be the longest street party. The flagship event will take place at the Oval in London.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant - Sunday afternoon

The Pageant will serve as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II near Buckingham Palace. Thousands are expected to gather, and organizers say the event will highlight iconic moments during the Queen’s reign.

The celebrations will conclude with the singing of the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen."