Thursday, June 13, 2024

Williamsburg to Celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Lighting Ceremony

The royals took a carriage ride again down Duke of Gloucester Street during their 2007 visit. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Wren Building at the College of William & Mary (W&M) will be the setting of CultureFix’s Queen’s Jubilee Beacon Lighting Thursday evening at 9:30 p.m.

The arts nonprofit announced its plans to join the global beacon lighting ceremony as part of the opening event for The Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

(Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

The Platinum Jubilee celebration will tally Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year as British monarch and head of the commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth overtook Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in 2015, and now in 2022, she will be the first British monarch in history to mark a Platinum Jubilee.

The royal family has traveled to the Historic Triangle twice in the past. The first time was in 1957, and that visit marked the 350th Anniversary of the landing at Jamestown. The second time was in 2007, and that occasion marked the 400th anniversary.

“We are excited to host another unique event here in Williamsburg,” said CultureFix Co-founder and President Steve Rose, “There is no more fitting place in America to honor the Queen’s Jubilee than the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary. It will be a glorious affair!”

The evening celebration will begin with a bagpipe concert on the Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Palace Lawn at 6 p.m.

Over 40 bagpipers and drummers will be performing, including the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.

The Beacon Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Wren Yard at 9 p.m. The ceremony will feature the bagpipe musicians, a reading of proclamations, and conclude with the lighting of the colonial cressets at 9:30 p.m.

“We are very excited that this will be one of the largest gatherings of bagpipes on the East Coast,” Professor at W&M Mason School of Business and coordinator of the bagpipe gathering Scott Swan said.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please head over to CultureFix’s official website.

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