Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tipped to be The Last Jubilee “In A Hundred Years”
The Queen’s pageant master has confirmed to BBC Politics East that the upcoming Jubilee will be filled with “unique” events.
Bruno Peek OBE, who lives in Gorleston, Norfolk, will oversee celebrations including beacons being lit across the country and all Commonwealth capitals, in honor of the very first Platinum Jubilee celebrated by a British monarch.
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Apart from the beacons, Mr. Peek is also in charge of the production of gold, silver, and platinum Commonwealth Globe and Crown. He has also been involved in organizing several royal celebrations.
“This will be the last jubilee the nation will see for at least a hundred years. I don’t think that has totally sunk in,” he said.
He also shared that more celebratory events are being planned to reflect the rarity of a Platinum Jubilee and make it incredibly “unique”.
For the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, Mr. Peek, who has helped organize a number of royal events over the years, handed the Queen a cut glass diamond which was used to light the beacon in London. For now, how the globe will be used during this round of celebrations is still a “state secret”.
Before the Commonwealth of Nations globe, crown and cushion went to be put on display at the Tower of London, BBC Politics East previewed a sneak peek of the Jubilee items.
“The cushion represents the cushion that normally carries the state crown for a coronation. The gold in the crown represents the Queen’s Golden Jubilee,” he explained.
“The silver of the crown and map on the globe represents the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the very top of the globe Great Britain is made of platinum to represent the Platinum Jubilee.”
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Another part of the 70th anniversary celebrations will see the amalgamation of choirs, both big and small, to sing a song for the Commonwealth called “A Life Lived with Grace”.
The song was specially commissioned in a competition put together by the Norfolk charity Commonwealth Resounds.
Alison Cox OBE, who oversees the charity and lives near Fakenham in Norfolk, disclosed that the chosen song has “a real Commonwealth feel about it”.
“It sounds a bit like a boat floating on the oceans. It is an upbeat pop ballad with a real energy to it,” she said.
Speaking about the “special” and “versatile” song, Ms. Cox, who is head of composition at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in Bushey, Hertfordshire, said: “It’s a highly versatile song that can be sung in many different ways.
“We have a pop version, a jazz version and there are many other versions. We are possibly getting one played on a hurdy-gurdy.”
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