Platinum Jubilee: Members of the Royal Family will join in street-party style lunches | UK News
They have always been a traditional part of any Jubilee celebration, and this weekend members of the Royal Family will join in street lunches to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will meet guests at a planned lunch at The Oval cricket ground in south London on Sunday, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend a virtual lunch in the back garden of the Queen, on the long walk running towards Windsor Castle.
The gatherings are part of the large Jubilee luncheons, a way of encouraging communities across the country to get involved in Jubilee celebrations.
More than 85,000 people have signed up to host Sunday luncheons.
Organizers say the events range from world record attempts for the longest street party to backyard barbecues and “everything in between”.
At the Oval Cricket Ground, Prince Charles and Camilla will be joined by 70 volunteers who have been recognized as Platinum Champions through the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards, Celebrity Ambassadors and various charity representatives.
The royal couple will also view a six-metre-long artwork recreating a street party lunch, complete with platinum pudding, Scotch eggs and fruit platters by artist Lucy Sparrow. Later this year it will feature in an exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Edward and Sophie will join people on The Long Walk in Windsor which will be transformed into ‘The Long Table’ for the day, with street performers entertaining the crowds.
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Over 600 international Great Jubilee lunches are planned across the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.
The Big Lunch, of which the Duchess of Cornwall has been patron since 2013, is an annual event aimed at bringing communities together.
Charles and Camilla will also celebrate with the residents of Albert Square in an EastEnders special, where they will be seen attending a Big Lunch in an episode due to air on Thursday.