This week is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the UK has an extended public holiday that the MultiFreight team will be observing.
Therefore, our offices will be closed as follows:
Thursday 2nd June : Queen’s Jubilee
Friday 3rd June : Spring Bank Holiday
So, to mark the occasion, here are 10 facts about the jubilee that you didn’t know you didn’t know:
- ‘Jubilee’ is defined as “a special anniversary of an event, especially one that took place 25 or 50 years ago”.
- Jubilees are named after precious stones: Silver for 25th, Ruby for 40th, Golden for 50th, Diamond for 60th and Platinum for 70th.
- The first British monarch to celebrate a jubilee was King George III in 1809.
- King George V was the first British monarch to celebrate his Silver Jubilee in 1935.
- Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977, her Ruby Jubilee in 1992, her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
- The London Underground has an underground line named after the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, aptly named the Jubilee Line!
- The Jubilee Line’s colour is light grey, representing the silver colour of the 1977 Jubilee!
- Queen Elizabeth II will be the first time British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
- Her 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant is rumoured to be the ‘world’s largest outdoor party’, when more than 1 million people lined the Thames to watch 1,000 boats sail past!
- In total, there will be four days of celebration, which include beacons being lit around the country and throughout the Commonwealth. The principal beacon will be lit at Buckingham Palace.