Updated: Aug 6
In Canada and beyond.
2nd-5th of June, 2022.
This weekend the UK and the Commonwealth will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne.
As a child growing up in the disruption of the Second World War, my late Mother was fascinated by the young Princess Elizabeth. Her service in the ATS and early duties of State were an inspiration to my Mother and millions of other children who heard Elizabeth’s broadcast in 1940 affirming “we are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers, and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war.” said Martin Buckle, EVP of the BCCTC.
Since her accession to the Throne, Her Majesty’s unwavering devotion to duty and service have been an enduring feature through every turbulent period of British Commonwealth history. Did you know that there have been 14 different Prime Ministers of the UK since the Coronation? Listed Corporations are often criticised for being too focused on quarterly results and losing sight of the “Big Picture”, durability and business sustainability -perhaps it’s time to adopt a 70 year strategic horizon.
We invite you to join in the celebrations throughout Canada, we have prepared some ideas for you to celebrate with your friends and family, from hosting your own celebration at home with the official pudding of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee - the Lemon & Swiss Amaretti Triffle, to raising a toast with Diageo's Pimm’s Jubilee Spritz!
Check out these last minute Big Jubilee Lunch tips, our friends at Kings Cross British Shops will have free giveaways and special draws for those in the east end. Those in the west, please make sure you visit The British Grocer and the award winning British Pride Bakery. Please see below a special selection of ideas for you to join in this majestic celebration!
On Sunday 5th of June we have arranged an opportunity for Members and guests to get some fresh air, sunshine (hopefully) and entertainment with the Toronto Arrows – Canada’s best rugby team! we will get together to cheer for the Toronto Arrows as they face Old Glory DC!
BCCTC members and guests get a 40% (or more) discount on all tickets!
The password is: GEORGE
Email us to let us know that you’re coming, we suggest getting tickets in section 600 to be cheering as a group, and let's meet before and after by the blue Arrows merchandise tent in the beer garden ~ Get your tickets here.
Celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in Canada.
Find ways to celebrate Her Majesty in Canada, from educational activities to events this weekend and throughout the year.
On the 2nd of June, the anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation Day, federal buildings in Canada’s Capital Region and elsewhere across the country will be illuminated. The illuminations will be conducted alongside other Commonwealth countries and numerous cities in the United Kingdom. The Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum Jubilee. Lieutenant governors and territorial commissioners will dedicate gardens across the country to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Plus learn about the Crown in Canada, more info here.
Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in the UK.
The Platinum Jubilee weekend runs from the 2nd until the 5th of June and includes a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday the 3rd of June as well as the Platinum Pageant on the 5th of June. The Royal Family appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony after Trooping the Colour while The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George are reportedly to make another balcony appearance as the Jubilee comes to an end.
As well as national events in London, community activities will be taking place across the UK. 2,429 public events and 3,513 street parties or private events shared so far! Details here.
Raise a toast with Diageo to celebrate the Jubilee!
In the spirit of the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday - and the British summertime weather - Pimm’s has designed a limited edition bottle of Pimm’s No.1 with the call for everyone to celebrate ‘come reign or shine’. There’s a new cocktail recipe too for a Pimm’s Jubilee Spritz, with strawberry jam, basil, lemon and soda. Cheers!
Union Jack Inspired Shave.
Is there anything more fitting to say, ‘I’m Jubilee Ready’ than bunting and the Union Jack. To ensure you are ready to party, pamper yourself with this suitably titled, Truefitt & Hill Jubilee Collection: Mach III Shaving Set.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration
Les Dames d'Escoffier Ontario
Thursday, 2nd of June; 5-6:30 PM
Join Liz Palmer, BCCTC member and Founder of Les Dames d'Escoffier Ontario, and enjoy Queen's Cocktails and a selection of British Cheese and Biscuits.
Auction Lots: Direct from Buckingham Palace, two bottles of Platinum Jubilee Special Edition English Sparkling Wine, and more. Details here.
"Gardens of Toronto" Photography Competition
Submit a photo of your Toronto garden to the St. George's Society, and you could be featured in a portfolio that will be presented to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion that is her Platinum Jubilee. Details here.
The Platinum Jubilee Cookbook
In celebration of great British food and drink, The Platinum Jubilee Cookbook is an official part of the UK Government’s celebrations. Author Ameer Kotecha has gathered 70 recipes, food history from Her Majesty’s Ambassadors and High Commissioners around the world and features Gordon’s gin, and Pimm’s as the quintessential drink of the British summer.
All royalties from sales of the book are being donated to The Queen's Commonwealth Trust and The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund.