70 years of The Queen's reign
The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977, her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee (60 years) in 2012. Never before has a British monarch celebrated 70 years on the throne, with Queen Victoria’s reign being the second longest at 63 years.
Find out how you and your community can celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee:
Events in Leicester and Leicestershire
Planning an event or street party?
Tell us about your event
Platinum Jubilee events map
Beacon lighting Thursday 2 June
Apply for funding
How schools, colleges, and universities can get involved
Primary school art competition
Community and business awards
70 at 70 – Platinum Jubilee Garden Party
Plant a tree for the Jubilee
Watch royal jubilee celebrations online
You can download, print, and display this A3 poster in your workplace or public place to let others know how they can get involved:
Platinum Jubilee weekend, which runs from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, will be filled with exciting events, but 2022 should be a year of celebration for the whole country.
In Leicestershire, communities, civic groups, emergency services, schools, colleges and universities, and businesses can come together to celebrate the historic milestone by holding street parties, tea parties, concerts, community fetes, carnivals and parades, barbeques, religious services, open gardens or litter picks.
Funding is available for certain types of events. Check to see if you could apply for funding for your event.
Register your event
We need to know about your event even if a road or street closure isn't required, so we can make sure it doesn't clash with any other planned work, such as road maintenance. Please complete the event registration form below.
To close a street or road to traffic, you must complete sections 3 and 4 of the event registration form.
All fees associated with the legal application have been waived for Queen’s Jubilee events and the application time reduced to 6 weeks.
The deadline to submit your application for a road closure is Friday 15 April 2022.
This guidance to planning a street party sets out what you need to think about when organising an event.
We won’t be asking for the usual required documentation for a road closure such as an in-depth risk assessment, however consideration still needs to be given to ensure the safety of all attendees and it is an enjoyable event.
Your event information will be shared with the emergency services so they can put their own plans and resources in place. You should register your event as soon as you can. Submitting draft plans is better than doing nothing at all.
Signs and cones
You can apply to borrow signs and cones by completing the form below.
You must collect and return the signs and cones to the Mountsorrel Highways Depot, or you can request a quote for delivery.
The deadline to apply for signs and cones is Friday 15 April 2022.
Fees for the loan of signs will be waived for all Platinum Jubilee events but equipment must be returned, or you’ll be invoiced for it.
Council owned land and licences
If you’re wanting to organise an event on council owned land or greenspaces, or find out about licensable activities such as selling food and drink or playing music, visit our licensable activities page.
We would love to hear about your plans to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Please take a moment to:
If you are holding a street party, you also need to complete The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Event Registration Form above to apply for the road closure.
Your event will then be added to our Platinum Jublilee events map showing Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Leicestershire.
If you're struggling to view the events, you can open the Platinum Jubilee events map and listing in a new browser tab.
An example Jubilee Event form has been provided, if you need help completing the form.
Promote your event:
You can use our template poster to promote your event. Just download, print, and add your own event details.
Beacon lighting Thursday 2 June
There is a long tradition of beacon lighting in the UK that celebrates royal jubilees, weddings, and coronations. On the evening of 2 June, 70 beacons will be lit in each county of the United Kingdom to mark the monarch’s 70-year reign.
For this historic occasion, three types of beacons will be lit:
- A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottle gas.
- A beacon brazier with a metal shield. This could be built by local craftsmen/women or adopted as a project by a local organisation.
- A bonfire beacon.
In addition, communities with beacon braziers are encouraged to light them at night.
Even if you don’t have these types of beacons, you can still take part in this historic occasion by lighting up your building – the National Space Centre and County Hall will be illuminated.
If you would like to join the many organisations across Leicestershire lighting a beacon, you can view the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons guide to taking part.
Tell us about your beacon lighting
Our Platinum Jublilee events map shows the beacon lightings, events and activities being held in Leicestershire as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Fill in our Platinum Jubilee event form to register your beacon lighting and we'll add it to the map.
To find out how you can get involved in this very special event, email Lieutenancyoffice@leics.gov.uk
The National Lottery Community Fund’s Platinum Jubilee Fund has now closed to applications. A final decision on which projects will be funded will be decided in the spring. For further information visit the Community Fund website.
Art Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is open to community organisations to apply for a grant up to £10,000. The closing date for applications is Monday 28 February.
Sport England Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund will support projects that bring together communities and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active. Grants up to £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations.
The year 2022 is a year of celebration, so you can arrange a Jubilee celebration anytime during the year. Please feel free to come up with your own ideas, but to start, here are a few:
- Enter our primary school art competition.
- Plant some trees as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy project.
- Light a beacon as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons
- Non-uniform day where children wear red, white, and blue for a day of themed classes, including examining the words of the national anthem, making flags and banners, and learning about the coronation of the Queen.
- Organise events such as a jubilee themed lunch, street party on the playground or a sporting event.
We are on the lookout for primary schools to enter our Platinum Jubilee art competition.
The brief is simple – paint a picture about what The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee means to you. Anything goes!
The maximum size for entries is A3. The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 8 April 2022.
The competition is open to children in KS1 and KS2 year groups with a winner and 5 runners-up awards for each group.
To enter, each school can submit up to 3 pieces of artwork for each category - KS1 and KS2. Please send us a scan of your winning artwork entries (in PDF format) by email to email@example.com. Please make sure the child’s name is visible on each painting and the email includes:
- the heading Platinum Jubilee art competition entry
- your school name
- which category you're entering - KS1 and KS2
- whether you're a county or city school.
All entries will be displayed on our website in a virtual exhibition and the overall winner of each category will receive a visit from the Lord-Lieutenant who will present them with their winner’s certificate at their school. The winner will also receive a FREE family ticket to the award-winning Wistow Maze.
Each runner-up will receive a certificate 'signed' by the Lord Lieutenant.
You can find out more information and how to get involved by emailing Lieutenancyoffice@leics.gov.uk
The Platinum Jubilee Awards will be given to community groups, schools or businesses who have shown that they have done something exceptional and positive to develop a community spirit and has enriched the lives of its members, pupils or employees and the wider community.
70 Platinum Jubilee Awards will be awarded during 2022, one for each of the seventy years of Her Majesty’s reign.
Nominations can be made by the group themselves or by someone in the community who thinks a particular group deserves this recognition. What constitutes a ‘community group is flexible, but examples might include:
- a bowls club whose members have regenerated a local park
- a business that has helped and supported its local community during the pandemic
- a school that cares for its environment
- a sports or social club that keeps going against the odds for the benefit of the community
- a group which promotes inter-cultural and/or interfaith dialogue by bringing communities together
- an arts or heritage society which brings art, culture, and history alive and accessible to the whole community
- a youth organisation encouraging young people to fulfil their potential and to be positive contributors to society
- a community organisation working for the benefit of the local community
You can nominate online. You’ll need to write a detailed description explaining why you’re nominating them.
An example community award nomination form has been provided, if you need help completing the nomination form.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 29 April 2022. Winners will be announced by Friday 27 May 2022 and those groups will be visited by a Deputy Lieutenant, who will present the award on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant.
Download, print, and display this Community and business awards poster in your workplace, or a public space to encourage others to get involved:
70 at 70 - Platinum Jubilee Garden Party
Nominations are now closed for the 70 at 70 Platinum Jubilee garden party at Beaumanor Hall on Tuesday 31 May 2022.
It has been an incredible eight weeks of nominating, and we would like to thank everyone for taking the time to complete a nomination.
We are now in the process of collating all the nominations ahead of a shortlisting panel meeting to decide who will receive an invitation.
If you have been successful in receiving an invitation, you will be notified by the Lieutenancy office late April 2022.
If you have any questions email the Lieutanancy office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant a tree for the jubilee
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique initiative which invites people from across the country to plant a tree and mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. You can find out more about how to get involved by visiting Queen's Green Canopy website.
Trees benefit us in many ways, including cleaning the air we breathe, slowing the impact of climate change, creating wildlife habitats, and improving our overall health. We would like organisations and people across the county to plant their very own tree for the jubilee.
Anyone can plant a tree for the jubilee and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Free tree planting schemes are run by organisations such as the Woodland Trust. If you would like to plant more trees in your neighbourhood - whether you live in a rural or urban part of the county - your parish council, school, or community group may be able to help. Find out how you can get involved.
Thinking about planting a tree? Here’s some practical advice on tree planting.
You can add your jubilee tree to The Queen's Green Canopy map.
Buckingham Palace has announced an exciting programme of events that encourage communities and people across the country to come together and celebrate including inviting communities to come together for ‘The Big Jubilee Lunch’ on Sunday 5 June 2022.
Find out about the events co-ordinated by Buckingham Palace and how you can get involved.
You can watch rare and previously unavailable footage of royal jubilees from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 to Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The films have been drawn from collections of the British Film Institute (BFI) national archive, and regional and national archives across the UK and have been made available to watch for free on BFI Player