Platinum Jubilee round-up

For the Silver Jubilee, I remember my mother made me a long Laura Ashley dress, pale blue with small white flowers. Apparently, she wore a Laura Ashley dress too but with a sheepskin coat over it in the evening, as it got a bit chilly. I had never been to a street party before and I liked the idea of it, apparently staying out longer than my parents because I was having so much fun. As a child who had grown up in Italy, the party food was strange and sweet, Victoria sponge, jelly, and brightly coloured iced biscuits. But who can resist a bowl of hula hoops? 

It’s the presentation of these celebrations I am drawn to, I love bunting and trestle tables and the optimism that the sun will shine on us all! 

Walking down Savile Row last week the bunting was up and fluttering in the sunshine, there is excitement building up in London. Some of the build-up has been taking place for a while now, including the Queens Green Canopy. The Woodland Trust is encouraging institutions, communities and individuals to plant trees, it is an ambitious planting scheme with a commitment to plant 70 major new woods and forests. We as individuals can become involved in the project too, the planting will take place later in the year around October and November 2022. 

In and around the official and extensive, schedule: Trooping The Colour, Platinum Jubilee Beacons, the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's, bell ringing at St Paul's, the concert with the Queen, Diana Ross, Andrea Bocelli and the UK’s Eurovision entry Sam Ryder to name a few, and The Pageant. There will be street parties planned in Mayfair, an extravaganza in Covent Garden and around Earlham Street where there are floral crown making workshops. You can register with The Big Jubilee lunch for a starter pack which can be downloaded. Special cocktails are being mixed, Platinum teas are being created including Fortnum & Mason who are offering a Platinum Jubilee menu in their tea salon available until mid-July. 

The Elizabeth Line has just opened. If like me you are used to trundling along on the noisy Bakerloo line, this new line is a revelation. Modern, clean and quiet, though it is discombobulating to go from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road in one stop. Working in Farringdon for a week last week, meant that my journey from Paddington was reduced to two stops along the new purple line. Super fast, super clean and pretty impressive. 

There are plenty of exhibitions to go to including ‘Life Through a Royal Lens’ a Photography Exhibition at Kensington Palace which runs until October and explores the Royal Family through photography bringing together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family. Included are Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, and Norman Parkinson as well as photographs taken by Royal family members themselves. 

Head to Sotheby's for the Jubilee Arts Festival, The Jubilee Season where they are exhibiting a tiara exhibition including the tiara Lady Diana Spencer wore on her wedding day which hasn’t been displayed since 1960. Over the celebration weekend Michael Morpurgo is reading from his new book ‘There Once is a Queen’ and celebrations carry on until mid-June. 

On my list this month is the ‘Lee Miller: Nurses’ exhibition at the Fitzrovia Chapel. The Chapel looks beautiful and worth visiting in its own right, and I’ll be returning to the Cornelia Parker exhibition at Tate Britain which includes an installation: Thirty Pieces of Silver made up of over a thousand pieces of flattened silver objects, c, plates as well as making sure I try to make, buy or at least taste, the Platinum pudding competition winner: the Lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle. 

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Susannah Coe is a freelance fashion, media & events consultant who worked at British Vogue for over 20 years. Born in Milan, she lives in London and loves culture, media, travel and the visual arts. Get in touch here:

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