No monarch in British history has reigned for 70 years.
On February 6, 1952, her father, King George VI, died, and the then 25-year-old queen took the throne.
She became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in 2015, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and seven months.
Buckingham Palace is going all out to mark the landmark moment. Here’s what you need to know.
According to the palace, the weekend will host a variety of public and community events, as well as a “moment of national reflection” on the Queen’s seven years of sovereignty.
The upcoming celebration will be the Queen’s first anniversary without her husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021.
Since the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, several anniversaries have marked the Queen’s reign: the Silver Jubilee in 1977, marking her 25th anniversary; the 50th Golden Jubilee in 2002; and the Diamond Jubilee a decade earlier for her 60th anniversary year commemoration.
The monarch chose to commemorate other anniversaries, such as her ruby jubilee (40 in 1992) and sapphire jubilee (65 in 2017), with less fanfare and no public events.
The Queen’s private estates – including Sandringham Palace and Balmoral Castle – also joined the jubilee-themed event.
What activities are planned?
Thursday, June 2
More than 1,200 officers from the Queen’s Personal Regiment will be joined by hundreds of Army musicians and 240 horses in an impressive military event. The “colours” – or regimental flags – will be equipped by the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guard. The parade will start at Buckingham Palace and move down the shopping centre to the Horse Guards parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horses and carriages.
After returning from the parade grounds, the Queen and members of the royal family will make their usual appearance on the balcony. The event will end with a flight over the palace.
Afterwards, 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories. The main lighthouse will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Lighting the lighthouse is a long-standing royal tradition used to commemorate jubilees, weddings and coronations. Beacons will also be lit in the capitals of the Commonwealth countries.
Friday, June 3
The Thanksgiving service to the Queen’s long reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and will be attended by the family.
Saturday 4 June
Several royals are expected to head to Epsom Downs racecourse in the afternoon for the 243rd edition of the prestigious Derby. An avid horse breeder herself, the Queen has been a regular at the event and has even handed out prestigious trophies over the past few years.
In the evening, the two-and-a-half-hour “Platinum Party at the Palace” concert will see a star-studded procession take to three stages in front of Buckingham Palace and the famous Queen Victoria Memorial. Artists such as Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys and Diana Ross will perform their hits on the show, which will be broadcast live by the BBC. About 22,000 people will attend the concert in person, including 10,000 who received tickets through a public vote; 5,000 tickets are reserved for key workers.
Sunday 5 June
To celebrate the festivities, on Sundays, people were encouraged to organize street parties as part of the Great Jubilee Lunch initiative. Community gatherings will take place across the UK, including London’s flagship event and Cornwall’s Eden Project – where the idea for lunch originated. Jubilee Luncheons are also planned around the world, from Canada to Brazil to South Africa and Japan.
When will we meet the Queen?
It’s unclear when we’ll see the Queen over the weekend.
She will continue to escort the jubilee and has yet to confirm whether she will be present at various celebrations.
Which other members of the royal family participated in the festivities?
Most senior royals are expected to attend some of the Jubilee Weekend events in central London. Some will also be deployed to all four British countries during the four-day extravaganza, with the Queen sending Cambridge to Wales, the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Northern Ireland and Princess Anne to Scotland.
After much speculation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children will also be flying back to the UK for the festivities.
The Queen has decided that only members of the royal family on official duties will be allowed to appear on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony during Thursday’s military parade. So we’re looking forward to seeing the Queen with her three children – Charles, Edward and Anne – as well as Princes William and Kate and their children, as well as some of the monarch’s other relatives.
CNN’s Hannah Ryan contributed to this report.