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New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

Jubilees through the Ages

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Jubilees through the Ages

This year, as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we look back on an incredible history of Royal Jubilees, which are often occasions monarchs connect with their public.

Jubilees through the Ages

A History

Beginning at 25 years with a Silver Jubilee, Royal Jubilees are occasions to celebrate the life of the reigning monarch and jubilees continue to be highly significant events acknowledged and celebrated around the world.

Throughout history, few British monarchs have celebrated a 50-year reign and there are few records of how, if at all, Henry III, Edward III and James VI marked their Golden Jubilees. The celebration of a monarch’s Golden Jubilee seems to have begun during the reign of George III, with the festivities taking place on 25 October 1809. Along with other members of the Royal Family, the king attended a private service in Windsor followed by a grand fete and firework display at Frogmore House, one of the royal residences.

Queen Victoria was the longest-reigning monarch in British history until Queen Elizabeth II overtook her in 2015. During her reign, Queen Victoria celebrated a Golden and Diamond Jubilee, marking 50 and 60 years of her remarkable reign respectively. On 20 and 21 June 1887, her Golden Jubilee was marked with great display and public ceremony during a two-day celebration, during which enthusiastic crowds cheered the popular queen when she appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

On 22 June 1897, a day of global celebrations marked the first Diamond Jubilee witnessed by the British people. Queen Victoria presided over a number of events, including a six-mile royal procession in her state coach to St Paul’s Cathedral.

‘No one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those 6 miles of streets … The cheering was quite deafening & every face seemed to be filled with real joy. I was much moved and gratified.’

Queen Victoria in an excerpt from her journal

Jubilees through the Ages

Making History

As Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is a loved and respected figure across the world who enjoyed significant jubilee celebrations in 1977 (for her Silver Jubilee), 2002 (for her Golden Jubilee) and 2012 (for her Diamond Jubilee).

In the lead up to her Silver Jubilee in 1977, The Queen embarked on an incredible tour of the Commonwealth with His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The jubilee celebrations in the United Kingdom comprised street parties, whilst a staggering 500 million people watched the celebrations on television.

In 2002, in celebration of her 50 years as monarch, thousands of well-wishers crowded into The Mall to soak up the carnival atmosphere and the pop concert held at Buckingham Palace ended with a sensational firework display.

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen reaches another remarkable milestone as she becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. The Royal Mint has struck every official UK coin of Her Majesty’s reign, including the circulating coinage and those that have celebrated the milestone moments in her life. To celebrate this historic occasion, we have created one of our largest coin collections to date.

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