Today, Britain begins its four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, with a packed schedule of events—including parades, parties, church services, and a starry music concert—to celebrate this milestone. Here, find a full rundown of all the publicly broadcast events taking place in the coming days, and where to watch them.
Thursday, June 2
The first order of the day will be Trooping the Color, the annual celebration of the monarch’s birthday that features hundreds of soldiers, horses, and musicians coming together for a parade along The Mall in central London all the way up to Buckingham Palace. Finally, the royal family convenes on the balcony of the palace to watch a theatrical flypast from the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatics display team.
The easiest way to watch the ceremony, which runs all through the day from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, is via a YouTube stream such as Sky News, which is available to view internationally. Good Morning America will also be broadcasting on-the-ground coverage of the event from 7 a.m. ET on ABC, as the network has partnered with Britain’s BBC to provide exclusive coverage to U.S. viewers. Coverage is also scheduled throughout the day on various other news networks, including NBC and Fox News.
Later in the evening, a ceremony to light a beacon described as the “Tree of Trees” will take place at Buckingham Palace, following which thousands of beacons will be lit around England. Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee will be broadcast on ABC News at 5 p.m. ET.
Friday, June 3
On Friday morning, the royals will gather for a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. The ceremony is likely to be closely watched, given it marks the first appearance by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the rest of the royal family since the couple announced they would be “stepping back” from active royal duties back in 2020.
The service, which begins at 4:15 a.m. ET, can be streamed on BBC One via BritBox, or online at ABC News Digital.
Saturday, June 4
The Epsom Derby, a popular horse race that the Queen would traditionally attend, will take place on Saturday morning, although in an effort to “pace herself” for the weekend’s jam-packed schedule of celebrations, her daughter, Princess Anne, will attend in her place.