The Queen is set to have a milestone year in 2022 as she marks the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne and celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. It's the first time any British monarch has had one.
Buckingham Palace is set to announce all sorts of special events in connection with the anniversary, and three exhibitions about Her Majesty's accession and coronation are some that have just been revealed.
The exhibits will feature the white satin Norman Hartnell coronation dress, which featured floral embroidery in honour of the Commonwealth, which the Queen wore during her Coronation on June 2, 1953. The robe of the estate, which she also donned during the momentous occasion, will go on display at Windsor Castle from July 7 to Sept. 26. The Ede and Ravesncroft robe was specially made for the event, and took more than 3,500 hours to create.
Two other exhibitions will feature items from the Queen's accession and her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. The former will open at Buckingham Palace on July 22 and run until Oct.2, while the latter will be held at Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse from July to September.
The accession exhibition consists of portraits of Her Majesty taken soon after Her Majesty became Queen following the passing of King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952. Taken by Dorothy Wilding, they feature the monarch in the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, and were later used for U.K. stamps until 1971.
The third exhibition will feature outfits from all the Queen's jubilees to date. Her Majesty has had three so far during her reign: her Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years on the throne, in 1977; her Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years on the throne, in 2002; and her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years as monarch, in 2012.
If you're planning a trip across the pond in honour of the Platinum Jubilee, you can buy tickets for each of the exhibitions through the Royal Collection Trust.
In addition to the above, the U.K. government is also planning to move the May bank holiday to June so an extra-long weekend can be had from June 2 to 5, which is the same weekend as Trooping the Colour, the Queen's official birthday celebrations. Canada is planning events across the country to mark the milestone, too.
We can't wait to celebrate the Queen!