Queen's Platinum Jubilee

This year the country will celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a four day Bank Holiday, from 2 to 5 June.

It is hoped that many churches and communities will be able to celebrate this landmark anniversary, and the Church of England has produced a selection of resources are designed for use in a variety of contexts to help plan local celebrations, perhaps in the presence of elected representatives, service organisations, and representatives of the wider community. The resources include special prayers, an outline Service of Thanksgiving, graces to be said at Jubilee Lunches, and prayers for planting trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

A special website celebrating The Queen’s faith and service has been set up at theplatinumjubilee.com focusing on six ways to mark the occasion: Celebrate, sing, gift, learn, service and invite.

  • Celebrate: Throw a party for your local community, invite everyone to a special church service on Pentecost Sunday, the final day of the celebration.
  • Sing: A new anthem, ‘Rise up and Serve’, has been commissioned for the jubilee. The music and lyrics are available and choirs are invited to record their version of the song, with a chance to be included in the final recording, to be released on YouTube. 
  • Gift: We are encouraged to think about giving a commemorative gift to the children in local schools and local communities.
  • Learn: Great resources for schools, young people and children, including uniformed groups and youth groups have been put together with the Church of England and other national organisations.
  • Serve: There are 70 Acts of Service during 2022 suggestions for your church community to try. Do all 70, one a week or just a few. .
  • Invite: The final day of the four day Platinum Jubilee celebration, Sunday 5 June, is also Pentecost Sunday, why not invite your community to a special service at  your church?

Church of England liturgical resources

It is hoped that many churches and communities will be able to celebrate this landmark anniversary, and these resources are designed for use in a variety of contexts to help plan local celebrations, perhaps in the presence of elected representatives, service organisations, and representatives of the wider community. The resources include special prayers, an outline Service of Thanksgiving, graces to be said at Jubilee Lunches, and prayers for planting trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Visit the Church of England's Platinum Jubilee liturgical resources page.

Hope together resources

HOPE Together is working with a wide range of partners to help churches around the Commonwealth to mark this special occasion and, in particular, to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of faith and service. As with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, there will be a range of ideas and resources provided for communities, schools, churches and youth organisations.

National Churches Trust proclamation

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has been Patron of the National Churches Trust since 1953 when the Historic Churches Preservation Trust, its predecessor charity, was founded. To mark Queen Elizabeth's support for churches, a special Jubilee Proclamation which thanks her for her patronage of church buildings and heritage has been produced. The Trust is asking churches to join  in publishing this special proclamation in parish magazines, newsletters, on church websites and as posters on church noticeboards. 

Access the resources have been produced to help share the proclamation.

Platinum Jubliee National Events timeline 

Thursday 2 June        

  • The Queen’s Birthday Parade - Trooping the Colour in London
  • Lighting of beacons around the country and Commonwealth

Friday 3 June

  • St Paul’s Cathedral Service of Thanksgiving in London

Saturday 4 June

  • The Derby at Epsom Downs attended by members of the Royal Family
  • Platinum Party at the Palace – a concert broadcast from  Buckingham Palace

Pentecost Sunday 5 June

  • Pentecost Sunday services in churches around the country.
  • Platinum Jubilee Street Parties / Big Jubilee Lunchy. Celebrate with your local community, as part of national Thank You Day. Thank You Day resources
  • The Platinum Jubilee Pageant on The Mall in London

What is your worshipping community doing to celebrate the Jubilee? Why not get in touch and share your story.