Revellers were out in force across Britain on Wednesday night as they sought to take full advantage of the four-day weekend to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.
Young Brits were pictured donning shorts and short-sleeved shirts in the likes of chilly Newcastle, while the streets of Soho in central London were packed with punters gathering outside pubs.
One group of lads, rocking garish Hawaiian holiday shirts, chanted as they walked to their local watering hole in Jesmond, Newcastle, with one party goer pictured slung over the shoulder of his pal.
Others were dressed in warmer attire as they raised a glass to Her Majesty’s ‘Platty Joobs’ – as it has been dubbed on social media – on the terraces of local pubs and bars.
The jovial mood was also felt in Birmingham, where bouncers joked with revellers as they donned face masks depicting the Queen – who is celebrating 70 years in power this weekend.
Meanwhile, in Leeds, youngsters posed under rows and rows of Union Jack bunting while one was seen taking a disco nap on a bench.
Party goers in Leeds wave Union Jack flags while one dons popular face mask depicting the Queen
People making most of the start of the four-day bank holiday weekend, enjoying a drink at the Dog and Duck in Soho, west London on Wednesday night
Friends opt for trousers and a top as they celebrate the start to the Platinum Jubilee weekend in Birmingham city centre late on Wednesday night
Group of lads don garish Hawaiian shirts as they head to the pub in Jesmond, Newcastle on Wednesday night, with one reveller slung over the shoulder of his pal
The Three Greyhounds pub in central London was packed on Wednesday night as celebrations got underway for the Jubilee weekend
Young revellers in Newcastle raise a glass to Her Majesty as they kickstart the four day weekend
Friends strike a pose while out celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Birmingham city centre
Pals giggle while out in Birmingham on Wednesday as they kickstarted the four day Jubilee weekend
A group of friends are all smiles as they pose with Union Jack bunting in Leeds on Wednesday night
Friends sing and puff on cigarettes while out in Jesmond, Newcastle on Wednesday night
Revellers out in Jesmond, Newcastle Wednesday night as they celebrate the start of a four-day bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
It comes as a series of major events has been scheduled, beginning on Thursday and ending on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.
Outdoor parties will also take place on Sunday as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, while there will be a televised concert on the BBC from Buckingham Palace the day before.
Though celebrations have – clearly – already started in some places, official events will begin today with a special Trooping the Colour.
More than 1,500 officers and soldiers and hundreds of horses from the Household Division will stage the display on Horse Guards Parade in London, with the colour trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.
The Queen is then expected to delight crowds with an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony. It is also expected that she will appear again on the balcony after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.
After today’s events, the monarch is also hoping to be able attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, with her wider family including – it is expected – Prince Harry , Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew .
Friends sip on pints and cocktails at a pub in Jesmond, Newcastle, as the Jubilee four-day weekend gets underway
Revellers took to Birmingham city centre to start the party for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Wednesday evening
The jovial mood was also felt in Birmingham, where bouncers joked with revellers as they donned face masks depicting the Queen – who is celebrating 70 years in power this weekend
Meanwhile, in Leeds, youngsters posed under rows and rows of Union Jack bunting while one was seen taking a disco nap on a bench
The Queen, 96, is also set to spend time with the Sussexes, who are bringing their children Archie and Lilibet over from the US – and could meet Lili for the first time as she celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.
On Sunday, thousands of people will gather across the country as more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches and street parties are staged in celebration of the Queen’s record-breaking 70 year reign.
Royal Family members will also visit every corner of the UK over the weekend for official engagements – with William and Kate going to Wales; Edward and Sophie travelling to Northern Ireland; and Anne to Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held on June 2, 1953 – just more than a year after the then 25-year-old ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952 following her father George VI’s death. It was the first coronation ever to be televised, with 27million people in the UK tuning in.