Platinum Jubilee Celebration Weekend
Written by Gavin on 18th May 2022
A special extended Bank Holiday Weekend in June will provide an opportunity for communities and people in Rhondda Cynon Taf to join others throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.
On February 6, 2022, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a Spring Bank Holiday on Thursday, June 2, and a Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday on Friday, June 3, followed by the weekend.
Preparations are already well underway in Rhondda Cynon Taf as residents, schools, charities, organisations and the local business community get set to join in the celebrations.
Aberdare Festival is back – with a two-day extravaganza. The ever-popular event in Aberdare Park has been extended this year to include celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Free family fun and entertainment, as well as a funfair, food stalls and live entertainment have already been confirmed for the festival on June 3-4
RCT Street Parties
More than 190 road closure applications in order to host celebration street parties across the County Borough are currently being reviewed and processed, with official road closures being announced in due course.
Lighting Up RCT Buildings
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s theatres and public attractions will be illuminated for the duration of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Flags
These will be flown at civic buildings across the County Borough to commemorate the special occasion. They will be flown at Llys Cadwyn, Pontypridd, Rock Grounds, Aberdare, and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Offices, Clydach Vale.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit on Thursday, June 2, across the UK, as well as at locations in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The official Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Platinum Jubilee Beacon will be located at Rock Grounds, Aberdare.
RCT Platinum Jubilee Trails
To commemorate the occasion, Platinum Jubilee Trails are available at locations across the County Borough, where members of the public can take part in interactive walks as they learn all about The Queen’s 70 years as Monarch. The RCT Platinum Jubilee Trails can be found at Dare Valley Country Park; Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd Museum and neighbouring town centre; and Tonypandy town centre. All you need to do is scan the QR codes and away you go!
Dare Valley Country Park Platinum Jubilee Trail https://highstreetsafari.com/locations/jubilee-dare-valley
Pontypridd Platinum Jubilee Trail https://highstreetsafari.com/locations/jubilee-pontypridd
Tonypandy Platinum Jubilee Trail https://highstreetsafari.com/locations/jubilee-tonypandy
Public libraries across Rhondda Cynon Taf will be joining in with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations – and they need your help. RCT Libraries will be staging a commemorative Platinum Jubilee Exhibition featuring photographs and newspaper coverage of both The Queen’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1952, and the subsequent Royal Visits to Rhondda Cynon Taf. The RCT Platinum Jubilee Exhibition will travel around library locations in the County Borough.
The public is also being asked to help extend the comprehensive RCT Archive for future generations by asking residents to take along their own photographs relating to The Queen’s 70-year reign, to three designated libraries in Rhondda Cynon Taf – Llys Cadwyn in Pontypridd, Aberdare Library, and Treorchy Library. Library staff would also like to see your own old 8mm and Super 8 films of special Royal occasions in order to borrow them for conversion to a digital format. These will be returned safely to you, along with your own digital copy.
Schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf will be holding their own special events to mark the occasion. We are asking all schools, when posting their photographs on social media, to include the hashtag #PlatinumJubileeRCTand we will share as many of these celebrations as possible on the Council’s social media platforms.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service. Visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s interactive map to find out more about events taking place across the UK.
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Interactive Map https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/
The celebrations begin on Thursday, June 2, with The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) in London, followed later the same evening with the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee Beacons across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
The celebrations continue the following day, Friday, June 3, with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and on Saturday, June 4, The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend The Derby at Epsom Downs.
The same evening, the BBC will stage and broadcast Platinum Party at the Palace, a special live concert from Buckingham Palace, London, that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign.
On Sunday, June 5, The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place, with communities encouraged to celebrate the special occasion in the spirit of fun and friendship, bringing the Platinum Jubilee celebrations right into the heart of every community. Over 1,400 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches, including many in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Applications are now closed.
On the same day, The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will take place in London, combining pomp and ceremony, street arts, theatre, music, circus, costumes as well as cutting-edge visual technology, drawing on
talent from every part of the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.
For full details on all Platinum Jubilee events nationwide, visit: https://www.royal.uk/platinum-jubilee-central-weekend