The Queen during her Silver Jubilee (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

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

Seven decades as monarch is, to put it simply, a milestone worth celebrating – which is why 2022 has been dubbed the Platinum Jubilee year.

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

Much of the Jubilee parties and parades tend to happen in June and summertime, as this year’s four-day bank holiday weekend (now in full swing) goes to show.

But did you know The Queen has had other Jubilees? Five, in fact – not just Silver, Golden and Diamond.

So, when where they, and what anniversaries did they mark? And which Jubilee could come after Platinum?

Here’s all you need to know.

When was The Queen’s Silver Jubilee?

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

The Queen’s first Jubilee – Silver – was celebrated throughout 1977.

Silver marked 25 years on the throne, and the 50-year-old Queen celebrated by embarking on six tours of the UK and Northern Ireland, lasting three months and spanning 36 counties.

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

A Service of Thanksgiving was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in The Queen’s honour on June 7, 1977 – with HM travelling in the Gold State Coach down The Mall near Buckingham Palace.

Huge crowds gathered to see her and the procession – along with around 500 million TV viewers. The Queen also appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to the public’s delight.

Crowds hailing Queen Elizabeth II as she and Prince Philip ride past 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 detailed on the Royal Family website.

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

When was The Queen’s Ruby Jubilee?

The Ruby Jubilee, which marked 40 years on the throne, happened in 1992. The Queen was aged 66.

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

A fire ripped through Windsor Castle in 1992 – and the marriages of Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew had crumbled, ending in either separation or divorce.

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

The Queen said in a speech at Guildhall: ‘1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an ‘Annus Horribilis’. I suspect that I am not alone in thinking it so…’

When was The Queen’s Golden Jubilee?

The Golden Jubilee celebrated 50 years on the throne in 2002. The Queen was aged 76.

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

Trips to Commonwealth countries Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica were also undertaken.

On the June weekend devoted to celebrating the Golden Jubilee, 2,000 beacons were lit across the Commonwealth, and a Service of Thanksgiving was again held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Queen at her Golden Jubilee procession (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

It’s believed one million people turned up to the Golden Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace (Picture: Getty Images)

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

When was The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

When The Queen was 86, she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

While The Queen visited every region in the UK, with Prince Philip by her side, tours of the Commonwealth were undertaken by Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, and Kate.

To kick off a weekend of festivities, The Queen attended Epsom Derby and the UK celebrated with a series of Big Jubilee Lunches.

A Jubilee pageant of 1,000 boats also took over the River Thames.

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

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

Last but not least, the Royal Family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony as is tradition.

When was The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee?

In 2017, we had the Sapphire Jubilee – a term coined to celebrate The Queen’s 65 years of service.

The 91-year-old Queen had already become Britain’s longest-serving monarch by 2015, therefore the first to reach a Sapphire Jubilee.

Though previous Jubilees had seen widespread public celebrations in summer, the Sapphire Jubilee was quite different.

There was not much fuss made of The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee in 2017 (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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

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

A 2014 photograph of Her Majesty in stunning sapphire jewellery – gifted by her father – by David Bailey was re-issued for the occasion.

World leaders also publicly gave their thanks to The Queen, and blue Sapphire Jubilee stamps were produced by Royal Mail. Commemorative coins were also made.

What milestone could come after the Platinum Jubilee?

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

If a Jubilee marking 75 years was ever to be celebrated, though, what would it be called?

As the Sapphire Jubilee was coined for The Queen’s 65 years, and the Platinum Jubilee is the first in British history, it seems likely there’d need to be a new term created for 75 years.

Typically, a 75th wedding anniversary would be called the Diamond anniversary, so perhaps another Diamond Jubilee is possible. Another Golden Jubilee could also happen.

An Emerald Jubilee was not marked, though in terms of wedding anniversaries, this signifies 55 years.

One term for an 80th wedding anniversary, Oak, could be borrowed for such an occasion – as could a number of jewels and stones typically reserved for earlier years, such as Pearl.


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