Celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. The British Isles have an extended holiday weekend to celebrate this momentous occasion from Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th.

                                                   

Street parties will be happening all over Britain, and we will be celebrating this once in a lifetime event at The Bee’s Knees.

On Saturday June 4th, come to the shop in West Acton for fun and British treats such as sausage rolls, pork pies and Victoria Sandwich fairy cakes. Our friends at Westside Creamery will have a special flavor available that day to honor the Queen. We will have a giveaway in-store too. Come join the fun from 10 am to 5 pm.

                                                        

Are you thinking of having a tea party of your own to celebrate? Read on for a list of all the things you need to throw an authentic British tea party.

Decorations
Set your table with celebratory napkins, fun plates, cups and hang some colorful bunting to set the scene for your tea party.
Our friends and Victoria Eggs and Herdy have downloadable bunting that you can use.
Here is a link to the Victoria Eggs one: https://www.victoriaeggs.com/blogs/news/free-quee...
Here is a link to the Herdy one: https://www.herdy.co.uk/herdy-freebies/

Drinks
Obviously you will need hot tea to serve to your guests. Have a lovely teapot at the ready to brew the tea in. Have milk and sugar available for those who want it.
Pimm's is also a classic British drink for hot summer afternoons. Mixed with Sprite this is a refreshing indulgence.

Sandwiches 

It is traditional to serve finger sandwiches at a tea party. Good choices are:
Cucumber with cream cheese
Egg & Cress
Coronation Chicken - The original Coronation chicken was invented by writer Constance Spry and the founder of the famous Le Cordon Bleu cookery school Rosemary Hume, while preparing the food for the banquet of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. 

Here is a link to the classic recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easy-coronati...

Sweet Treats
Scones are part of any British teatime. Serve this classic treat with clotted cream and jam.
Here is a recipe for classic British scones: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/classic-scone...

Slices of Victoria Sandwich Cake fit the bill to serve to a group.
Read our blog on how to make a Victoria Sandwich here: https://www.thebeeskneesbritishimports.com/blog/ho...                                                        

                                                                    

Jubilee Happenings

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend will be covered in the U.K. by television channels BBC One and ITV One, and their respective online streaming websites BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub.

The events can be watched from the U.S. and elsewhere abroad with the help of a VPN (virtual private network), which allows users to surf the internet anonymously.

By connecting to a U.K. server, users will be able to access the streaming platforms by creating an account with an email address.

                                                                    

Thursday 2nd June

Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be held on Thursday 2nd June 2022 starting at 11am. The colour will be trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, together with hundreds of Army musicians and around 240 horses. This annual event has now marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.

Friday 3rd June

Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung for the Service. It was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism. It was restored in 2021 and has been rung on 8 occasions since, but this is the 1st royal occasion it will be rung.

Saturday 4th June

The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace:Hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace and air live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and across the BBC network. The celebration will see famous faces from the world of entertainment brought together to perform for a night of musical tributes to celebrate the Jubilee. 22,000 people will attend the event including 10,000 allocated in a public ballot and 5,000 tickets for key workers. And now for the first time, the BBC have released artist visuals of the impressive setting and stage where the acts will perform. The full line-up of acts will be announced by the BBC in the coming weeks.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: The Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort, will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, embracing the latest in digital technology to evoke the excitement and majesty of her journey to be crowned 70 years ago.

The Pageant will serve as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty. It will culminate with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ and a gospel choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

The Pageant will bring to life iconic moments from The Queen’s reign as well as showcasing our changing society over the past 70 years.