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Her Majesty will be celebrating 70 years on the throne this year. It will be the first time a British monarch has ever made it to the extraordinary milestone. The British public will be getting an extra bank holiday in June making a four-day weekend over her official birthday, during which nationwide festivities will take place.
There are plans for the usual Trooping the Colour, as well as the lighting of special beacons across the country, a service of thanksgiving, a live concert hosted by the BBC at Buckingham Palace, street parties, and finally the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
However, there is still uncertainty over how this year will progress in terms of dealing with COVID-19.
Over the past two years, numerous big events have had to be cancelled, postponed or massively scaled down.
When Prince Philip died in April last year, preparations that had been in place for decades had to be scrapped in favour of a much smaller ceremony.
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A flypast during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
While many felt the scaled-down version may have been more fitting for the Duke of Edinburgh, who did not like to be fussed over, the image of the Queen sitting on her own in the chapel pulled on the heartstrings of even the toughest republican.
Previous Jubilees including the monarch’s Silver, Golden and Diamond have been huge celebrations that have given Britons an opportunity to come together over a joyous occasion.
The Platinum Jubilee is set to be extra special, given it is the first in British history.
If the celebrations have to be curtailed, it will leave many people very disappointed, likely none more so than the Queen herself.
The Queen during her Diamond Jubilee royal tour
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Zoe Forsey and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers noted: “There will be other opportunities to meet with family, there will be other opportunities to have a party, because of course it’s the Platinum Jubilee next year.
“I think everyone is just fingers crossed that those sorts of celebrations do not get plagued by Covid, because that would be quite a bitter pill to swallow I think, given all the sacrifices by everyone this year.”
Mr Myers added that the Queen once again cancelled the Sandringham Christmas for the Royal Family.
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In December 2020, tough restrictions were brought in just days before the big day, forcing many up and down the country to spend it away from their families, and the royals were no different.
In December 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided not to do the same thing, but many people were still being cautious, due to the rise of the Omicron variant.
The Queen, 95, herself made the personal decision not to press on with the traditional Christmas arrangements in view of the rapidly spreading virus.
However, the family were determined that she would not spend her first Christmas without her beloved husband on her own.
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Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as Prince Edward and his family were in Windsor on the day.
Mr Myers argued that Her Majesty’s decision showed “more leadership” than some of the politicians in charge of the UK’s response.
He added that the Queen was “leading from the front” in these matters.
In just over a month, on February 6, the Queen will have been on the throne for 70 years.
It was on that day in 1952 that her father, King George VI, died of coronary thrombosis.
She and Philip were in Kenya on a royal tour at the time.
The news turned their lives upside down and Her Majesty, just 25 years old at the time, had to cope with the grief of losing her father on top of the daunting responsibility of her new role.
Her reign has seen enormous change, both within the monarchy, the UK as a whole and across the world, and the Platinum Jubilee celebrations are expected to reflect the modern world we live in and the role the monarchy plays in that.
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