Wednesday, October 5

Platinum jubilee celebrations through Guardian lenses | queen


Johnny Weeks

Driving around Cornwall on Saturday, you’d have thought the Queen’s jubilee had been cancelled. Bunting was hard to find, fancy dress was nowhere to be seen and, due to the grim weather, only a smattering of people braved the street lunch in Falmouth where free Cornish pasties were being doled out.

Ironically, as I returned home to my local village, the weather eased and I found a proper street party in full flow. The highlight was a wetsuit boot “wanging” competition, with young and old people lobbing the boot as far up the street as they could.

Mary-Anne Revill’s effort was comical – somehow she flung the boot backwards into the crowd.

Later on, I headed to a beach party in Holywell Bay organized by the local surf lifesaving club. Once again, people didn’t seem to care much about the jubilee – it was just an excuse to head to the beach for sunset. How very Cornish.

Sally Main, Jim Main and Averil Billing at a beach party at Holywell Bay in Cornwall, organized by the local Surf Lifesaving Club.

  • Above: Sally Main, Jim Main and Averil Billing at a beach party at Holywell Bay in Cornwall, organized by the local surf lifesaving club

  • Below: Charlie (blue and white jumper) and Jenson (blue and red jumper) enjoy a Falmouth street party

Charlie (blue and white jumper) and Jenson (blue and red jumper) enjoy a Falmouth street party.

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Queen's 70th Jubilee celebrations.  Flypast at Trafalgar Square.

At events such as these, what I’m always most interested in as a photographer is people-watching.

It was a pleasure on Thursday hanging out in the huge crowd at Trafalgar Square. After two years of Covid fears, and before that the fractious divisiveness of Brexit, it was such a pleasure to see a good-natured, calm crowd enjoying the sun and the collective experience.

Visually, I found myself most interested in the many young people who’d been taken there by their parents, presumably to “experience history”. It occurred to me that for many of us in the crowd, this may well be our last jubilee event but would probably be just the first for the younger spectators.

In Trafalgar Square, the crowd was enormous, the largest I’ve ever seen in central London, and – about 90 minutes before the flypast – it became pretty much impossible to move.

I was very tickled to see three bemused and masked American tourists trying to navigate their huge suitcases towards Whitehall. I asked them what they were doing and they said they had just arrived from Heathrow and were trying to get to their hotel and seemed very surprised by the event they’d wandered into, asking me: “Do you guys do this a lot over here? ?”

At St Paul’s on Friday, outside the service of celebration I was most struck by a family with two brothers clinging to a narrow ledge on a pillar trying to get a better view of the royal arrivals.

I spoke to their grandmother, who said they were the Chung family and were first-, second- and third-generation Jamaican immigrants with mixed Jamaican, Chinese, German and Scottish heritage.

She said she was very proud to be British but always had the national motto of Jamaica in her mind – “Out of many, one people” – when thinking of her family’s Britishness and multicultural roots.

Jubilee celebrations in London, 3 June

  • Above: flagging jubilee celebrations in London on Friday

  • Below: two flags, one hat and a huge smile

Jubilee celebrations in London, 3 June
A number of families come together at Pinewood Crescent, Cardiff, for a platinum jubilee street party.  Here residents of Pinewood Cresent cheer the Jubilee at their street party.

Gareth Phillips

Among the vibrant parties and picnics I have witnessed this weekend in south Wales, what struck me the most was this palpable sense of renewed community cohesion that was evident everywhere I went – ​​where inclusion and conversation were as abundant as the teacups, cake and, surprisingly , sunsets that flooded the scenes I observed.

It was refreshing to be among communities that, for at least this weekend, put aside societal or neighborhood differences, and really talked to each other.

It was summed up by a conversation I had with a street party attendee who said: “For many years, I’ve only exchanged passing pleasantries with some of my neighbours, but today I talked to them for the first time.”

A number of families come together at evening at Penarth Cliff Tops for the lighting of the fire beacons that will start the celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

  • Above: families come together at Penarth Cliff Tops for the lighting of beacons on Thursday that started the platinum jubilee celebrations

  • Below: Lorna Sylvester paints the face of children attending a street party at Woodland Place in Penarth

A number of families came together at Woodland Place, Penarth, for a Platinum Jubilee Street party.  Here Lorna Sylvester paints the face of children attending the Woodland Place street party as other children queue for their turn.
Platinum Jubilee River Pageant from Shepperton Lock to Sunbury Weir and return.

Jill Mead

I was kindly invited to board a boat called Old Guilder, taking part in a river pageant on the Thames.

It was a magical spectacle. The river banks were lined with people waving. Riverfront gardens hosted little parties or solitary figures stood, formally – one in particular saluting the lifesize cardboard cutout of the Queen that was on our boat.

I was standing next to the cutout for much of the journey and found myself waving back, surprisingly emotional and, indeed, almost believing I was royalty.

As is tradition on my home turf, the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey laid on an incredible display of union jacks. They certainly know how to party, and I’ve already had my invitation to watch the World Cup celebrations in November.

Kirby estate in Bermondsey, South London, was in jubilant mood for their Platinum Jubilee party.

  • Above: residents of the Kirby estate in Bermondsey, south London, were in jubilant mood for their platinum jubilee party

  • Below: children on the Kirby estate watch the party activities

Children on the Kirby estate in Bermondsey, South London, watch the Platinum Jubilee party.
People and Crowds gather at the Queen's Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Anthony Olmos

I am a republican at heart and overall very indifferent to the idea of ​​monarchy. But the photographer in me was relishing the large crowds I knew would gather in central London for the platinum jubilee.

I arrived at the Mall early on Thursday and likewise at St Paul’s on Friday. One of the great joys of big events like the jubilee is that I can wander aimlessly around the crowd pretty much totally unnoticed.

It is one of those times when the presence of the camera-wielding media is expected and ignored. I enjoy watching people as they watch something else. The craning of the necks to get a better view, the clambering on to railings, walls and trees to get find a vantage point.

And the weariness of a long day waiting. The parents struggling to keep their kids interested.

I am also fascinated by how many people use their smartphones as an extension of their eyes. I sometimes bemoan the fact that people don’t enjoy the moment as they are caught up in recording it, something that we photographers experience a lot.

I saw none of the pageantry on the Mall or the great and the good ascending the steps of St Paul’s. Instead I saw people, citizens and tourists, trying to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

People will ask if I saw Harry and Meghan but I will reply that instead I saw three generations of an Afro-Caribbean family trying to get a glimpse of Harry and Meghan, and that is the way I like it.

The grandkids of Beverly and Noel Chung (who are at the bottom) watch the parade and events at St. Paul's The Chungs are second and third generation family from the Caribbean.  People and Crowds gather at the Queen's Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

  • Above: Beverly and Noel Chung and their grandchildren watch the parade and events at St Paul’s

  • Below: Amy and Malie from Pembrokeshire, Wales, watch the events at St Paul’s from atop a red postbox

Amy and Malie from Pembrokeshire, Wales watch the events at St. Paul's from atop a red Mailbox.  People and Crowds gather at the Queen's Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
Queen Elizabeths platinum jubilee celebrations in Glasgow on Sunday.  John Paton has been playing the bagpipes for 70 years, he started when he was 10 years old.

Katherine Anne Rose

There was jubilee jubilance and celebration here in Glasgow over the bank holiday weekend, but it was largely owing to the fact that the sun came out for the very first time.

One of Glasgow’s best attributes is people’s enthusiasm for sunshine. Folk were out and about in their droves, but you were hard-pressed to see a union jack being waved about or a Victoria sponge.

The power of football here (Celtic v Rangers) seems to still be so divisive that it feels slightly controversial to celebrate either way. However, I did visit two of the only street parties in the area, and the sense of community and inclusivity was warm, inviting and really enjoyable.

I had some delicious mince and tatties, and I always love to hear the commanding sound of the bagpipes. I’m fairly sure Glasgow is the only place that had a techno dance party in the middle of the day to celebrate the Queen.

Possilpark parish church puts on a party for the jubilee with free food and crafts and games for the kids

  • Above: Possilpark parish church held a party for the jubilee with free food plus crafts and games for children

  • Below: Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill church parishioners celebrate with trifle and bagpipes in a vibrant street party

Queen Elizabeths platinum jubilee celebrations in Glasgow.  Rutherglen west and wardlawhill church celebrate with trifle and bagpipes in a vibrant street party.


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