Queen: A ‘lot of pressure’ on Platinum Jubilee says expert
The 50p coin was designed by artist John Bergdahl. It is the first collectable UK 50p coin to celebrate a royal event. Commissioned to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, the image of the Queen on horseback will appear on a new 50p and traditional £5 crown.
The Royal Mint said the design, personally approved by the Queen, is reminiscent of the equestrian designs for the 1953 Coronation and 2002 Jubilee crown pieces.
Clare MacLennan, the Royal Mint’s divisional director of commemorative coins, said the new silver will be “collected, cherished and passed down for generations”.
She said: “The Platinum Jubilee is an historic occasion and one that is particularly special for The Royal Mint, as the original maker of British Coins for 1,100 years.
“In celebration of this landmark event, the official Platinum Jubilee collection, including the new 50p and traditional £5 crown, features a unique commemorative design on both sides of the coin.
The Royal Mint has unveiled a commemorative coin of the Queen
The design was personally approved by the Queen
“Designed by esteemed artists and made with original craftsmanship, Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee coins are enduring pieces of art that will be collected, cherished and passed down for generations.”
Chris Barker, a Royal Mint Museum historian, added: “The Queen’s legacy on coins stretches the length of her momentous reign, with The Royal Mint striking five definitive portraits of Her Majesty on official UK coin and celebrating previous Jubilees.
“The 1977 Silver Jubilee crown was the first major UK commemorative coin produced at The Royal Mint’s Llantrisant home, after the minting in London ceased in 1975.
“Roughly 37 million coins were produced at that time, and thousands were gifted to children across the UK as a memento of the occasion.
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The Queen, 95, is the longest-serving British monarch in history
The Queen acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.
“Today’s launch marks another significant milestone, and The Royal Mint plays a proud part in the nationwide celebrations.”
The Queen, 95, is the longest-serving British monarch in history, making her the first to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
The British public will be able to celebrate the milestone with an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, 2022.
The Palace said: “In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.
“Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June – one year from today.”
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It added: “The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.”
The Home Office will also be launching a public consultation on extending licensing hours for pubs, clubs and bars from the normal 11pm to 1am on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday, June 4.
The Government previously extended licensing hours for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the FIFA World Cup in 2014, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Her Majesty The Queen is an example to us all – she has served the UK and the Commonwealth with the utmost dignity, steadfastness, and resolve throughout her remarkable reign.
The British public will be able to celebrate the milestone with an extended bank holiday weekend
“The Platinum Jubilee is a truly historic occasion, and it is right that the country should mark this celebration in a special way.
“This extension will enable families, friends and communities across England and Wales to raise a glass to toast Her Majesty The Queen and mark her incredible service to our country.”