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The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated in June 2022 in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession on 6 February 1952.

In the United Kingdom, an extra bank holiday has been created and the traditional May bank holiday weekend will be moved to the start of June, to create a special four-day Jubilee weekend from 2 – 5 June 2022.

Help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by decorating your own piece of bunting. Download your own template and send to the events team to be displayed at the Big Lunches.

Big Lunch events

You’re royally invited to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by coming to one of our free Jubilee Big Lunch events on Sunday 5 June.

Thousands are expected to come together on Southsea Common and Cosham’s King George V playing fields.

Join in the fun from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy community performances from 11am followed by live bandstand music. Refreshments will be available, or you can bring your own picnic.

Please walk, scoot, cycle or use public transport where possible. There will be park at Lakeside car park – please use the underpass to reach King George V playing field.


National beacon lighting

We are participating in the national Beacon lighting programme with beacons being lit at Fort Widley and Southsea Castle on Thursday 2 June to mark the start of the celebratory weekend.

The beacons will be lit at 9.45pm. You are invited to attend Southsea Castle from 9.30pm – 10pm to watch. No sparklers please.

Fort Widley will not be open to the public but the lit beacon will be seen across the city.

Civic Silver exhibition

We will be holding a glittering exhibition of civic silver at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery. For more information visit Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.

Street parties 

Thanks to everyone who applied to hold a street party over the Jubilee weekend. Dozens of local get-togethers will be happening around the city. Please expect local road closures and delays.

Queen’s Jubilee Neighbourhood Grants

Thank you to all groups who applied for a grant to nurture nature in Portsmouth during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

The winning projects were

  • Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation
  • Buckland Community Centre Association
  • St Michael’s and All Angels, Paulsgrove
  • Mustard Seed Ministries
  • St Luke’s Church
  • 10th Portsmouth Scout Group
  • Fawcett Road Greening Group
  • Kings Church
  • Salvation Army
  • Baffins Pond Association
  • MAKE @ Aldingbourne
  • The Cathedral Church of St Thomas
  • Solent Infant School