The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place over a bumper bank holiday weekend in June.
People will share food and drink together in the streets, gather for parades, and watch some of the world’s biggest stars perform at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert.
But the most international celebration of the occasion are the Platinum Jubilee Beacons.
Here’s what you need to know about them.
What are the Platinum Jubilee Beacons?
The Platinum Jubilee Beacons are one of the official events of the jubilee, running across the extended bank holiday.
Beacons will be lit up and down the UK, as well in Commonwealth nations, to celebrate the milestone.
The event’s official website states: “There is a long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons.
“A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration.”
Beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
They were also used in 1977, 2002 and 2012 to celebrate Elizabeth II’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, as well as her 90th birthday in 2016.
Where are the Platinum Jubilee Beacons?
The Beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories.
For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth nations.
More than 1,500 beacons will be lit in total.
All those across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be lit at 9.45pm on 2 June, other than the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Anchor Chain, which will be lit at 9.30pm, and the beacons along Hadrian’s Wall, which will be lit at 10pm. The principal beacon is at the Mall in central London.
The international beacons will be lit at 9.15pm local time.
Here’s where the beacons will be lit across the Commonwealth:
- St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
- Canberra, Australia
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Bridgetown, Barbados
- Belmopan, Belize
- Gaborone, Botswana
- Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
- Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Ottawa, Canada
- Nicosia, Cyprus
- Roseau, Dominica
- Mbabane , Ewatini
- Lobamba, Eswatini
- Suva, Fiji
- Banjul, The Gambia
- Accra, Ghana
- St George’s, Grenada
- Georgetown, Guyana
- New Delhi, India
- Kingston, Jamaica
- Nairobi, Kenya
- South Tarawa, Kiribati
- Maseru, Lesotho
- Lilongwe, Malawi
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Putrajaya, Malaysia
- Malé, Maldives
- Valletta, Malta
- Port Louis, Mauritius
- Maputo, Mozambique
- Windhoek, Namibia
- Yaren, Nauru
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Abuja, Nigeria
- Islamabad, Pakistan
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
- Kigali, Rwanda
- Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
- Castries, St Lucia
- Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Apia, Samoa
- Victoria, Seychelles
- Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Pretoria, South Africa
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Bloemfontein, South Africa
- Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Dodoma, Tanzania
- Nuku’alofa, Tonga
- Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
- Funafuti, Tuvalu
- Kampala, Uganda
- Port Vila, Vanuatu
- Lusaka, Zambia
How can I get involved?
Local communities are able to organise their own beacon events. To do so, register on the Platinum Jubilee Beacons website here.
The event website advises: “Invite your Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant, Lord Mayor, High Sheriff, High Steward, Lord Provost, Chairman or Leader of the Council to light your beacon at 9.45pm. Alternatively, you may like to organise a competition in partnership with your local media, with the winner having the honour of lighting the beacon.”
There are hundreds of existing events that have already been schedules across the UK. To find one near you simply search for Platinum Jubilee Beacons events in your area.