A Sustainable Jubilee: Green Initiatives To Celebrate 70 Years

With so many events and activities celebrating the Jubilee across the UK Commonwealth and beyond, we’ve shared Her Majesty The Queen’s sustainable initiatives that have been rolled out in 2022. 

With less than a week until the culmination of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities, we’ve rounded up all the initiatives Her Majesty has made which were eco-friendly and sustainable! The celebrations will be marked by a special four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 5th.

The bank holiday will allow communities and people across the United Kingdom to come together to commemorate the momentous occasion. The four-day celebration will feature a diverse range of public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

Throughout the year, events and efforts have been held to commemorate this extraordinary landmark. Let’s take a look at the sustainable moments that have taken place:

The Queen’s Green Canopy:

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a one-of-a-kind tree planting initiative created to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, inviting individuals from all around the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”

Individuals, Scout and Girlguiding groups, towns, cities, schools and corporations will all be invited to help improve our environment by planting trees during the official planting season, which runs from October to March 2023. Tree planting will resume in October 2022 and continue until the end of the Jubilee year.

The QGC will encourage the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation that will benefit future generations, with a focus on planting sustainably.

Get involved here.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize (The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge):

The Royal Anniversary Trust has created an innovative new programme to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, encouraging leading UK universities and further education colleges to collaborate to help their sector reduce carbon emissions to net zero.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge will be offered to the 21 winning institutions (15 universities and 6 further education colleges) from the Trust’s most recent round of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (Round 14). It will stimulate and challenge leaders in UK tertiary education, with universities and further education colleges teaming forces to help overcome one of society’s most urgent issues.

The Challenge began on March 1, 2022, and will end in February 2023. The goal is for challenges with varied themes to continue to run in the future alongside the Prizes scheme in their typical two-year cycle.

Read more here.

Commonwealth Of Kindness Workshops:

With the launch of two new initiatives, students across the United Kingdom are being encouraged to leave their mark for the Platinum Jubilee.

The Ideas Foundation’s Commonwealth Of Kindness Project:

This project was created to provide students hands-on experience with technology while creating digital stories that would be broadcast on billboards throughout the UK. The stories should reflect “values of diversity, sustainability, and kindness,” and the winning entries will be placed near the schools where they were created.

The inaugural workshop was held on March 7 in North Yorkshire, and subsequent events will be held throughout the UK. Schools that participate will be given tickets to the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will be held on June 5th in London.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant Activity:

Another project that will put students’ creativity and STE(A)M abilities to the test is the Engineering Development Trust and Industrial Cadets’ sustainable street party initiative, which The Prince of Wales is patron of.

The purpose is for young people to plan a local Jubilee celebration and design a poster explaining the sustainable celebration. A committee of specialists will review the entries, and selected kids will earn tickets to the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Rosanna Machado, CEO of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, said that “We want to ensure that the pageant leaves a lasting social and environmental impact, and these initiatives will help teach some valuable creative, sustainable and STE(A)M skills which can be used long into their future.”

What Is The Timetable For The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

If you want to be in the thick of the action this bank holiday, look no further. Here is the complete schedule.

Thursday, June 2, 2022:

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) The Queen’s Birthday Parade, popularly known as Trooping the Colour, will kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Crowds are expected to line London’s streets to watch around 1,400 marching soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians make their way from Buckingham Palace to The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.

Platinum Jubilee Flypast This will coincide with the Royal Family’s balcony appearance (more details will be announced soon).

Platinum Jubilee Beacons Beacons will be lit across the UK and in the capital cities of Commonwealth countries. This will be a lighting installation featuring The Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This fresh approach to beacon lighting will represent the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes.

Friday, June 3, 2022:

National Service of Thanksgiving St Paul’s Cathedral will host a Thanksgiving Service in honour of the Queen’s long reign. Great Paul, the country’s largest church bell, will be rung for the Service, marking it as the first time it has been played for a Royal occasion.

Saturday, June 4, 2022:

The Derby – Epsom Downs Racecourse Epsom Downs Racecourse will host the 243rd running of The Derby as part of the core weekend events.

BBC Platinum Party at the Palace Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will host live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace, which will be broadcast across the BBC. Famous figures from the entertainment industry will be brought together for a night of musical tributes to commemorate the Jubilee. The event will be attended by 22,000 individuals, with 10,000 tickets given through a public ballot and 5,000 reserved for key workers.

Sunday, June 5, 2022:

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant More than 5,000 people from the UK and the Commonwealth will take part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will include street art, theatre, music, carnival, circus and costume. Students that have won the The Platinum Jubilee Pageant activity will be invited.

The Big Jubilee Lunch Over 60,000 people have signed up to host Big Jubilee Lunches over the bank holiday weekend, with activities ranging from world record attempts for the longest street celebration to backyard BBQs and everything in between. As millions of people around the UK gather for lunch in their communities, a flagship event will be held at The Oval in London, where a specially invited audience will celebrate friendship, food, and fun alongside entertainment at the renowned venue.

Amongst her own personal changes, such as energy consumption, travelling green (electric cars), no longer wearing fur and more, we can definitely agree that The Queen (and the Royal Family) has been actively championing environmental causes this year. We’re all looking forward to communities coming together this year to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and her impressive 70-year reign!

Planning a Big Jubilee Lunch? Read here to find out what you can do to make it as eco-friendly as possible.