Trooping the Colour ceremony marks the Queen's birthday (Picture: PA).
Trooping the Colour ceremony marks the Queen's birthday (Picture: PA).
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The Queen marks her Platinum Jubilee

Trooping the Colour ceremony marks the Queen's birthday (Picture: PA).
Trooping the Colour ceremony marks the Queen's birthday (Picture: PA).

Today on Sunday 6 February, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since Her Majesty acceded the throne.

The Queen traditionally spends Accession Day at Sandringham House.

Celebrations for the Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee will centre on a festive four-day bank holiday weekend in June.

The royal extravaganza will include a live pop concert at Buckingham Palace, a carnival pageant on the streets of London, Jubilee lunches, and the lighting of beacons across the world.

Her Majesty released a message to mark the occasion.

She said: "It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign.

"As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.

"As I look ahead with a sense of hope and optimism to the year of my Platinum Jubilee, I am reminded of how much we can be thankful for.

"These last seven decades have seen extraordinary progress socially, technologically and culturally that have benefited us all; and I am confident that the future will offer similar opportunities to us and especially to the younger generations in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth.

"I am fortunate to have had the steadfast and loving support of my family."

Her Majesty referenced her late husband Prince Philip who died at the age of 99 last April.

She said: "I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it. It is a role I saw my own mother perform during my father's reign.

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"This anniversary also affords me a time to reflect on the goodwill shown to me by people of all nationalities, faiths and ages in this country and around the world over these years.

"I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

"And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service."

The Duchess of Cornwall has several military patronages including: ABF The Soldiers' Charity, Combat Stress, HorseBack UK, The Parachute Regimental Association, The Poppy Factory, The War Widows Association of Great Britain and War Memorials Trust.

Camilla took over as Colonel-in-Chief of the RIFLES from the Duke of Edinburgh in July 2020.

She is also Patron of BFBS, the parent company of Forces News.

Her Majesty continued: "And so as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities – after some difficult times for so many of us – in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign."

The Queen signed off the message with: "Your Servant, ELIZABETH R."

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On the eve of the occasion, the Queen hosted a reception for members of the local community and volunteer groups at Sandringham House.

Among the guests hosted by the Queen was former cookery student, Mrs Angela Wood, who helped create the original recipe for coronation chicken in 1953.

After meeting the assembled guests, the Queen cut a cake specially prepared for the occasion by a local resident, featuring the Platinum Jubilee emblem.

Her Majesty also received a posy on departure, which included flowers that formed part of the Queen's Coronation bouquet in 1953, such as lily of the valley.

Entertainment at the tea was provided by Hunstanton Concert Band, which played 'Congratulations' for Her Majesty as she departed Sandringham House.