2002 - Elizabeth II, Golden

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8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Choral Mattins
11:15am Sung Eucharist
3:00pm Choral Evensong
4:30pm Sunday Organ Recital
5:30pm Eucharist
6:00pm Cathedral closes

2002 - Elizabeth II, Golden

Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, to mark her 50 years on the throne, was celebrated in early June 2002, despite the sad deaths of both her sister Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother earlier in the year.

1. Jubilee Home
2. 1897 - Victoria, Diamond
3. 1935 - George V, Silver
4. 1977 - Elizabeth II, Silver
5. 2002 - Elizabeth II, Golden
6. 2012 - Elizabeth II, Diamond










On 4 June, the Queen attended the service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s, arriving in the Gold State Coach, pulled by eight horses. The day before the service, the Queen had lit the customary and long established Jubilee Beacon, this time at the Victoria memorial outside Buckingham palace. The beacon in turn lit 2,002 beacons stretching right across the Commonwealth countries and as far as Antarctica. Over the Jubilee year the Queen again went abroad and visited some of the Commonwealth countries, as well as paying a visit to 70 towns and cities across Britain.

Whilst the more traditional events to mark the Queens accession were still held, the Jubilee program of 2002 was also adjusted to reflect modern Britain. Over the year the Queen paid a visit to all the main faith communities in Britain and held a multi faith reception at Buckingham Palace, attended by hundreds of different faith representatives. The Queen also held six Jubilee garden parties over the course of the summer in London and Edinburgh, with an invite list made up of those born on the Queen’s accession day in 1952. Buckingham Palace also held ‘Party at the Palace’; their very first rock concert within the grounds.