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THE PLATINUM JUBILEE
On 6th February this year 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 four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.
WHAT’S ON IN CARDIFF?
BEACON LIGHTING CEREMONY
Thursday 2 June, 9.15 – 9.45pm, Pierhead, Cardiff
Come and enjoy a programme of music from the Band and Drums of the Royal Welsh Regiment as we celebrate the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon.
The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh is one of the very few all brass bands within British Army Music. The Band is regularly seen performing ceremonial duties such as Royal Gun Salutes, freedom parades and of course in front of rugby fans worldwide at the Principality Stadium. Tonight the Band is joined by the Corps of Drums of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh, who can be identified by their famous white colonial helmets. Six members of the Band and Drums were recently mobilised for Operation Rescript, the armed forces support to the NHS during the COVID Pandemic. The Cardiff Beacon will join Beacons throughout the UK which will all be lit at 9.45pm and will be followed by a short firework display.
MILITARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday 2nd June, 12:00 – 13:15, Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay
A Royal Gun Salute in Roald Dahl Plass will signal the start of Jubilee celebrations and an hour of military music from the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh. The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh is one of the very few all-brass bands within the British Army.
The Band is regularly seen performing ceremonial duties such as Royal Gun Salutes, freedom of the city parades, and in front of rugby fans worldwide at the Principality Stadium.
JUBILEE CONCERT AT CARDIFF CASTLE
Saturday 4 June, 15.30-22.00, Cardiff Castle
With some of Wales finest singers and entertainers live on stage, choirs , bands and a full piece orchestra, the Castle will reverberate with music, song and laughter on Saturday June 4th 2022. Hosted by Aled Jones and Shan Cothi the day starts at 3.00pm and the live Cardiff concert will finish by 7pm as we then head over to Buckingham Palace to watch the “Concert from the Palace” live on the big screens.
Artistes already confirmed include hosts Aled Jones and Shan Cothi, Mike Peters from The Alarm, Bonnie Tyler, West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones, everyone’s favourite drumming weatherman Owain Wyn Evans, funnyman Mike Doyle, the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir, and the Welsh Pops Orchestra with more names to be announced.
BIG PICNIC AT BUTE PARK
Pack a hamper, gather your family and friends and head to beautiful Bute Park for a Big Jubilee Picnic. Visitors will be able to watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant live from London on a giant screen or simply relax and enjoy the free music and walkabout entertainment on site. With everything from giant flamingos to wandering opera it promises to be a very memorable afternoon.
Please note there will not be food and drink for sale on site so please bring your own sandwiches, snacks and cakes to create your own delicious Jubilee spread!
AFTERNOON TEAS FIT FOR A QUEEN
Dine out and enjoy one of the Queen’s favourite meals – afternoon tea! Whether you’d prefer to opt for a traditional affair, or one with cocktails, we have it all. Check out the many delicious options around the City this jubilee weekend.