A network of flaming tributes to the Queen will stretch throughout the country on Thursday, including in Gloucestershire.
Beacons marking the Platinum Jubilee will be lit at 9.45pm at sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, along with the tops of the UK’s four highest peaks.
The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.
The principal beacon outside the Palace – a 21-metre-tall Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminated by a senior member of the royal family, and images will be projected on to the Palace.
Over the next 70 days, as we countdown to the #PlatinumJubilee Central Weekend, we’ll be sharing an image a day of The Queen – each representing a year of Her Majesty’s 70-year long reign.
🧵 Follow along our #70for70 countdown
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 24, 2022
The history of Jubilee beacons
Lighting beacons to celebrate Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations is a long-held tradition.
The flaming displays might appear on top of mountains, church and cathedral towers, castle battlements, on town and village greens, country estates, parks and farms, along beaches and on cliff tops.
In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
On Thursday, there are four types of beacons being lit:
- A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottle gas
- A beacon brazier with a metal shield
- A bonfire beacon
- Bishops Frome Strawman
Platinum Jubilee beacons in Gloucestershire
- Badminton Estate
- Chipping Sodbury Town Trust – The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury
- St Edward’s Church – Moreton-in-Marsh
- Siston Parish Council – Siston Hill, Siston
- Stow on the Wold Town Council – QEII Playing Field, Stow on the Wold
- Churchdown Parish Council, Churchdown
- Stinchcombe Parish Council – Village Green, Stinchcombe Hill, Stinchcombe
- Adlestrop Village – Adlestrop Hill, Moreton in Marsh
- Coln St Aldwyns Parish Council – Tower of John The Baptist Church, Coln St Aldwyns
- Pauntley Parish Council – Pauntley Village Hall, Redmarley
- Gloucester City Council – Robinswood Hill Beacon – Gloucester
- Cinderford Town Council – The Clock Tower, The Triangle, Cinderford
- Calmsden Farms – Calmsford Farm, Cirencester
- Tetbury Town Council – Tetbury
- The Old Neighbourhood Inn, Chalford Hill, Stroud
- Berkeley Castle Charitable Trust – Berkeley Castle
- Miserden Parish Council – Miserden Estate, Miserden, Stroud
- Field Farm, Marshfield – Beeks Lane, Marshfield
- Yate Town Council – Tylers Field, Yate, Bristol
- Ebrington Parish Council – Ebrington Hill Farm, Ebringtonm Chipping Campden
- Rodmarton Manor, Rodmarton, Cirencester
- Patchway Town Council – Bristol BMX Club, Patchway
- Howard Samuals Gotherington Event Team – Crane Hill, Tewkesbury
- Maisemore Parish Council – High Redding Hill, Maisemore
- Longhope Parish Council – May Hill, Longhope
- Pilning & Severn Beach Parish Council – The Foreshore, Svern Beach
- Friend of Pan Tod – Pan Tod, summit of Ruardean Hill