Platinum Jubilee

Join us as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022. This special anniversary marks 70 years since The Queen's accession to the throne in February 1952. Events, parties and activities will be held across the country and the Commonwealth in June, and in 2023 the Abbey will celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation.

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Find details below of events and activities at the Abbey, where The Queen was crowned. Get involved with your school, family or community group.

Photograph of portrait of Queen Elizabeth II representing a school tour about the Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee

Explore the 70-year reign of HM The Queen with your pupils in the historic building where her coronation was held.

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Photograph of missal manuscript showing a coronation taking place representing a school tour about kings, queens and coronations

Kings, Queens & Coronations

Visit with your primary school to discover the stories behind the coronations of monarchs through time.

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Photograph of Queen Elizabeth I wax figure in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries representing a school tour about Three Queens

Three Queens

Bring your class to explore the lives of three extraordinary queens: Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II.

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Photograph of replica coronation regalia representing the Coronations Virtual Classroom session

Coronations

Log on to uncover more about the ancient ceremony of coronations from your classroom in this interactive session.

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Royal Footsteps

Follow in the steps of kings and queens as your youth group investigates the sacred tradition of coronation.

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Photograph of a dancer at a past Commonwealth Family Day representing the Jubilee Garden Party in June 2022

Jubilee Garden Party

Celebrate 70 years of HM The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth at this very special Garden Party on 1 June 2022.

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From Accession to Abbey

The moment a king or queen becomes monarch is called accession, and happens when the previous monarch has died. It is a time of sadness and a period of mourning follows.

Accession combines the beginning of a new monarch’s reign and a continuation of the long tradition of the Royal Family. Since 1066 when William the Conqueror was crowned, Westminster Abbey has been the site of coronations for every monarch. For many monarchs, this celebration takes place soon after their accession but HM The Queen waited 18 months before she was crowned.

Watch this short video to learn about HM The Queen’s journey from her accession to her coronation at the Abbey, as we reflect upon her 70-year reign.

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Photograph of the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey for a video about Jubilees

Weekend Wonder: Jubilees

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Still from Coronations film of a monarch being anointed representing free Westminster Abbey teaching resources

Coronation teaching resources

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Photograph of St Edward's replica crown representing a template to make your own crown

Make your own crown

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