Why is the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the reign of the Queen of England called Platinum Day?
The Platinum Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year of British rule will take place at the beginning of June, from June 2 to June 5, coinciding with the Bank Holiday. Key events include the Trooping the Colors Parade, the lighting of the beacons, Thanksgiving at St Paul’s, the Platinum Banquet at the Palace, and the Great Jubilee Lunch.
Why is it called Platinum Celebration?
Platinum Jubilee, the original English name is Platinum Jubilee, is the name for the celebration of a special number of years of a major event. For royals around the world, this name corresponds to the celebration of the 70th year of a monarch’s reign.
Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 70th year on the throne in early June.
Jubilees are held to honor and celebrate the coronation of the king and queen on the throne. Instead of being held every year, the great celebrations are only held at certain milestones, that is, 25 years, 40 years, 50 years, 60 years, 65 years and 70 years.
According to the jubilee naming tradition, each festival is named with a precious material found in nature. Thus, we will have the time of each great ceremony and the similar name:
Silver Festival: 25th anniversary of enthronement.
Ruby Day: 40th anniversary of the throne
Golden Day: 50th anniversary of the enthronement.
Great Diamond Day: 60th anniversary of enthronement.
Sapphire Day: 65th anniversary of enthronement.
Platinum Celebration: 70th anniversary of enthronement.
The Queen of England with Prince Charles, Prince William and Duchess Kate on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Diamond Jubilee 2012.
Thus, the name Platinum Ceremony is simply the traditional name of the 70th anniversary of the enthronement of the monarch. The reason for its name is because in nature, platinum or platinum is much rarer than other metals such as gold and silver.
Are there any major events to be held after the Platinum Anniversary?
Up to this point, history has only recorded the Great Platinum Day as the oldest celebration of kings and queens. Due to the characteristics of human longevity, a Platinum Celebration itself is extremely rare.
However, there is still a specific name for an even more anniversary celebration, which is the 80th Anniversary of the Great Oak. The reason for such a special name is that in nature, oak trees have a fairly long lifespan, from 100 years up to 300 years.
In human history, no monarch has reached this time of reign. If the Queen of England is the first to do so, then she will be at 106, with the great ceremony in 2032.
Some sources also suggest that the name Diamond Jubilee may be reserved for the 75th anniversary of the reign. However, no king or queen has yet reached this milestone, so we cannot know for sure how a 75th Anniversary (if any) will be named.
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