Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be a banner event
A string of commemorations has been planned for Bermuda to join historic celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next week.
A long weekend of celebrations across Britain, the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories will run from June 2 to 5 as the Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years of rule.
On June 2, Rena Lalgie, the Governor, will host the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Reception at Government House with her husband, Jacob Hawkins.
Ms Lalgie will join David Burt, the Premier, to plant two commemorative trees on June 3.
On June 4, the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place along Front Street.
The parade includes marching units from the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the RBR Band & Corps of Drums, the Bermuda Police Service, the RBR Junior Leaders, and the Bermuda Sea Cadet Corps.
The Governor will also present representatives of the uniformed services with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
On June 5, a service of thanksgiving will be held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Hamilton.
A jubilee service will be held on June 12 at St Peter’s Church in St George’s, also marking the tenth anniversary of the Intituling of St Peter’s Church as “Their Majesties Chappell”.
Further tributes include a commemorative banner to adorn one of the gateways into Hamilton at 141 Front Street.
Sir John Swan, the former premier, confirmed an eye-catching display was planned at the Seon Place office block for the run-up to the jubilee.
“It is being organised by a private group together with our company,” Sir John said, adding: “I’d like people to have a surprise.”
The City of Hamilton will give its own tribute for the event, a spokeswoman confirmed.
A tree planting is planned for the city’s Queen Elizabeth Park – formerly Par-la-Ville Park, which was renamed in 2012 to commemorate the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee.