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Two queens, two Royal records in 2022 (hostage to pandemic and family matters)

from Enrica Roddolo

Today Margrethe of Denmark cuts 50 years of reign. It is the “other” Royal Jubilee 2022. Spotlight on the 70 years on the throne of Elizabeth II, on February 6, the celebrations in June

The half-century on the throne of Queen Margrethe is the “other” Jubilee of the Queen of 2022. In the spotlight this year there are in fact the 70 years on the throne that on February 6 is about to cut Elizabeth II, in London. First British sovereign to look at the historic Platinum Jubilee buoy.

And if in Copenhagen it is the pandemic that holds the celebrations in a hostage January, forcing the sovereign Margrethe to postpone large gatherings of crowds to the end of September, in London the legal proceedings at the Windsor house risk overshadowing the official celebrations in June. Also for this reason the Royal Household at the beginning of the week confirmed all the Pomp and circumstance, all the solemnity of the celebrations. Also for this reason Queen Elizabeth did not delay, and with the decision to deprive her son Andrea of ​​military roles, royal patronages and even the use of the Royal Highness Style, she saved the Jubilee. And the crown. He separated personal affections from the institution.

So what does Buckingham Palace have in store to celebrate 70 years of the reign of Elizabeth? A gastronomic competition to create the Jubilee Cake (taking inspiration from the Coronation chicken, here is now the competition for a dessert that will enter the history of the Jubilee, chosen by the chef of the Palazzo, Mark Flanaghan), as well as neighborhood parties, Tropping the Color and solemn moments on the balcony of Buckingham Palace which will also be the stage for a rock concert broadcast on the BBC.

A tradition, that of the solemn celebrations of the Jubilee, started by King George III, who on 25 October 1809 he wanted to celebrate between Windsor and Frogmore with celebrations and fireworks his 50 years of reign over Great Britain and the colonies (he was the king who lost the American colonies). A few decades later, Queen Victoria will celebrate two Jubilees: that of 50 years (in 1887) and then that of 60 years on the throne. But no one has ever reached the milestone at which Elizabeth II now looks: 70 years on the throne, the Platinum Jubilee.

The first initiative announced a year ago: the Queen’s Green Canopy. That is the invitation to all the British to plant a tree to mark the historical stage of the reign of Elizabeth. Perhaps a tribute to that subtle humor that Her Majesty likes, and after all to all Britons, the logo, the symbol imprinted on all the events of the historic halfway point of the first British sovereign at the milestone of 70 years of reign, has been renamed “Spaghetti Crown” from the London Times. Because nineteen year old graphic design student Edward Roberts, from Nottinghamshire, chosen by the experts at the V&A Museum, played with a continuous line like a long piece of spaghetti to draw the outline of the crown of St. James and the emblem of a celebration that he will also seek to ease the difficulties of two years of epidemic (and Brexit).

The sense of the Platinum Jubilee for the Windsors and for London is also to officially mark a new season for the UK after the acute phase of the pandemic. For months working on the Platinum Jubilee were Royal Household and 10 Downing Street. The result is a green and multi-ethnic Jubilee homage to the melting pot of cultures, races, religious beliefs of a country and a metropolis – London – among the most international in the world. With a Jubilee Pageant, a parade through the streets of London to honor the Queen with five thousand protagonists, a festive expression of the world of the arts, from the theater so loved by the British to the circus and Street Art. And a whole year of celebrations in the name of His Majesty.

With the c limax in the long weekend of 2-5 June punctuated by the solemn Trooping the Color, the thanksgiving mass (Te Deum) at St Paul’s, a sumptuous party at the Palace live on the BBC, and the lighting of the Jubilee torches: more than 1,500 throughout the kingdom and for the first time also in all Commonwealth capitals. In two years of the pandemic much has changed, even for the Commonwealth “heir” of the British Empire, with Barbados becoming a republic. Although Elizabeth remains sovereign of 15 countries, including Australia and Canada. The Jubilee will offer an opportunity to strengthen the bond.

Between Brexit, Megxit, separatist impulses and legal events that touch the crown – the Jubilee will seek to renew the sense of community of belonging of a people around its queen. And the children of the kingdom will be entrusted with the task of putting their hopes for the planet on paper. The best ideas will become flags that make up the River of Hope: a river of flags that will cross the Mall in the heart of London.

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