A network of flaming tributes to the Queen will stretch throughout the country on Thursday, including across London.
Beacons marking the Platinum Jubilee will be lit at 9.45 pm at sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, along with the tops of the UK’s four highest peaks; Ben Nevis (Scotland), Mount Snowdon (Wales), Scafell Pike (England) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland).
The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the Central American country of Belize.
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The principal beacon outside the Palace – a 21-metre-tall Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminated by a senior member of the royal family, and images will be projected on to the Palace.
The history of jubilee beacons
Lighting beacons to celebrate Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations is a long-held tradition.
The flaming displays might appear on top of mountains, church and cathedral towers, castle battlements, on town and village greens, country estates, parks and farms, along beaches and on cliff tops.
Over the next 70 days, as we countdown to the #PlatinumJubilee Central Weekend, we’ll be sharing an image a day of The Queen – each representing a year of Her Majesty’s 70-year long reign.
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In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
On Thursday, there are four types of beacons being lit:
- A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottled gas
- A beacon brazier with a metal shield
- A bonfire beacon
- Bishops Frome Strawman
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Platinum Jubilee beacons in London
- HM Tower of London
- Lambeth Palace.
- Islington Council – Dartmouth Park, Dartmouth Park Hill.
- Barnet Borough Scout District, Barnet.
- London Borough of Haringey.
- Friends of Chislehurst & Walden Recreation Ground and Chislehurst Society – Walden Regreation Ground, Chislehurst.
- London Borough of Bromley – Crystal Palace Park, Bromley.
- London Borough of Barking and Dagenham – Barking Abbey Green, Barking.
- Positively Putney BID – St Mary Church, Putney High Street, Putney.
- United Grand Lodge of England – Freemason’s Hall, Great Queen’s Street.
- Kingston Upon Thames Council & Coombe Wood Colf Club – 11th Teebox, Coombe Wood Golf Club, Kingston Upon Thames.
- London Borough of Ealing – Walpole Park, Ealing.
- London Borough of Ealing – Northala Fields, Northolt.
- Redbridge Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting – London Borough of Redbridge – Redbridge Cycling Centre.
- Havey Village Association – Hayes Common, Hayes.
- Front Room Songs Ltd/London Bridge City – The Scoop, More London.
- London Borough of Bexley, Sidcup.
- Westminster City Council – Paddington Recreation Ground.
- The Running Horses, Erith High Street, Erith.