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When was the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee of the Queen?

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Queen Elizabeth II interacting with the public during her Silver Jubilee

The Queen during her silver jubilee (Picture: Anwar Hussain / Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 70 years, and is the country’s longest-serving sovereign.

Simply put, seven decades as monarch is a milestone worth celebrating – which is why 2022 has been dubbed the Year of the Platinum Jubilee.

The actual 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession was February 6, 2022 – as it was the day in 1952 when she became monarch after the death of her father, King George VI.

Most of the jubilee parties and parades take place in June and summer, as this year’s four-day Bank Holiday weekend (now in full swing) approaches.

But did you know that the queen has other anniversaries as well? Five, in fact – not just Silver, Golden and Diamond.

So, when, where, and what anniversary did they mark? And what Jubilee can come after Platinum?

Here is everything you need to know.

When was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee?

The Queen meets well-wishers in Camberwell on June 3, 1977 (Picture: Graham Wiltshire / Getty Images)

The Queen’s first birth anniversary – Rajat – was celebrated throughout 1977.

Silver completed 25 years on the throne, and the 50-year-old Queen celebrated by embarking on six tours of the UK and Northern Ireland, which lasted three months and spanned 36 counties.

His Majesty and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh also traveled abroad to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the West Indies and South Pacific countries such as Tonga and Fiji.

On June 7, 1977, a service of thanks was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in honor of the Queen – with HM traveling in the Gold State Coach down The Mall near Buckingham Palace.

A huge crowd gathered to watch him and the procession, along with around 500 million TV viewers. To the delight of the public, the Queen also appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Crowds ride Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the Gold State Coach during the Silver Jubilee in 1977 (Picture: Ken Goff / Getty Images)

Countless street parties and celebrations were held, including a beacon-lighting ceremony, as elaborated Royal family website.

The actual day of her admission, 6 February, was spent privately in Windsor.

When was the Queen’s Ruby Jubilee?

The Ruby Jubilee, which completed 40 years on the throne, took place in 1992. Rani’s age was 66.

1992, as is well known, was The Queen’s personal ‘Annus horribilis’ – as it was affected by unfortunate events.

A fire broke out at Windsor Castle in 1992 – and the marriages of Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew fell apart, ending in either separation or divorce.

The Queen gives her famous speech on her Ruby Jubilee (Picture: Anwar Hussain / Getty Images)

the queen said A Speech at the Guildhall: ‘1992 is not a year to which I will look back without any joy. In the words of another sympathetic correspondent of mine, it turns out to be an ‘Annus horribilis’. I suspect I am not the only one to think so…’

When was the Golden Jubilee of the Queen?

The Golden Jubilee in 2002 celebrated 50 years on the throne. Rani was 76 years old.

Again, the festivities lasted all year. Once again, The Queen and Prince Philip embark on a massive UK tour – managing to visit every region.

There were also visits to Commonwealth countries Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica.

Over the June weekend dedicated to celebrating the Golden Jubilee, 2,000 beacons were lit across the Commonwealth, and a Thanksgiving service was held again in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Queen and Prince Philip shake hands for well-wishers on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of 2002

The Queen at her Golden Jubilee procession (Picture: Anwar Hussain / Getty Images)
One million people are believed to have attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace (Picture: Getty Images)

Classical and pop music concerts were also held at Buckingham Palace at the beginning and end of the ceremony – the latter of which featured Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John in the headliners.

When was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

When the Queen was 86 years old, she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

While The Queen toured every region of the UK with Prince Philip accompanying her, the Commonwealth tours were done by Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate.

To kick off the weekend’s festivities, The Queen took part in the Epsom Derby and the UK celebrated with a series of Big Jubilee lunches.

A jubilee competition of 1,000 boats also took over the River Thames.

Prince Charles paid tribute to his mother The Queen, as seen by Cheryl and Paul McCartney (Picture: Rota / Anwar Hussein / Getty Images)

Take That’s Gary Barlow also helped organize the Diamond Jubilee Concert, which included performances by Stevie Wonder, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue and Cheryl.

Last but not least, the royal family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as per tradition.

When was the Sapphire Jayanti of the Queen?

In 2017, we had Sapphire Jayanti – a word to celebrate the Queen’s 65 years of service.

The 91-year-old queen had become Britain’s longest-serving monarch as of 2015, hence the first woman to reach a sapphire jubilee.

Although the previous jubilee had seen extensive public celebrations in the summer, the Neelam Jayanti was quite different.

There wasn’t much fuss over The Queen’s sapphire jubilee in 2017 (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Queen spent 6 February privately at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Reports suggested it was a quiet day of contemplation for Her Majesty, as the day she became queen also marks the anniversary of the death of her beloved father, George VI.

A 2014 photo of the Queen was re-released in the stunning sapphire jewelery gifted by her father by David Bailey for the occasion.

World leaders also publicly thanked The Queen and Blue Sapphire Jubilee stamps were produced by the Royal Mail. Commemorative coins were also made.

What milestone can come after Platinum Jubilee?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, celebrating 70 years, is 2022 – when Her Majesty is 96 years old.

However, if the 75 year anniversary was ever celebrated, what would it be called?

As Sapphire Jubilee was coined for 65 years of the Queen, and Platinum Jubilee is the first in British history, it seems likely that a new term would need to be created for 75 years.

Typically, the 75th wedding anniversary would be called a Diamond Anniversary, so perhaps another Diamond Jubilee is possible. There may also be another Golden Jubilee.

An emerald was not marked jubilee, although in terms of wedding anniversaries, it marks 55 years.

Oak, a term for an 80th wedding anniversary, can be borrowed for such an occasion – as many ornaments and stones such as pearls can usually be reserved for earlier years.

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