Here’s A Look At Past Jubilees As Queen Elizabeth Marks Historic 70 Years On the Throne

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This year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne. England is celebrating by throwing a party known as the Platinum Jubilee. The events will last all weekend long.

This is far from the first time there has been a Jubilee to celebrate the Queen’s reign. In fact this will be her 4th Jubilee. The first was back in 1977 after she had been Queen for 25 years. This was known as the Silver Jubilee. The next Jubilee was in 2002 after she had been on the thrown for 50 years. This was known as the Golden Jubilee. Ten years later, in 2012, the Queen celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with 60 years on the throne.

Watch the video below to see a glimpse of how Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her past three Jubilees and to hear more about the festivities that are planned this weekend for the first very Platinum Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II is not the first monarch to celebrate with a Jubilee. The first ever official Jubilee was in honor of George III back in 1820, but similar celebrations for monarchs have probably been around much longer than that.

Before King George III, only three monarchs ruled long enough to achieve a Golden Jubilee. They were Henry III, Edward III, and James VI & I. While records don’t tell us for sure, there are hints that these monarchs celebrated 50 years on the throne in similar ways to modern celebrations including music and festivities.

While George III also celebrated a Golden Jubilee, he was not able to participate in the celebration very much due to his health. After George III, the next monarch to celebrate a Golden Jubilee was Queen Victoria. She wasn’t in a very celebratory mood during the Jubilee. She was still mourning the death of her husband and refused to wear a royal crown.

Queen Victoria was the very first British monarch to celebrate 60 years on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee. Since her reign, there was not another Golden or Diamond Jubilee until Queen Elizabeth II.