12:05PM, Thursday 02 June 2022
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
This weekend marks a four-day celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
Our photographers Ian Longthorne and Nick Parford will be out and about snapping the festivities, and our reporters will be popping along to some of the key events across the weekend.
Of course, we would love to see your pictures of the celebrations. Each day, a different reporter will be covering our blog. Please get in touch with the following on the corresponding days for a chance to be featured in our coverage:
Let the celebrations begin!
Now the celebrations are over, the team checked in with a few of the organisers to hear how their various events went down - and how much money was raised, if there were fundraisers.
On Friday there was a a picnic on Holyport Green from 12pm to 7pm.
Participants brought their own food and drink along with red, white and blue bunting.
There was live music, ice creams, a BBQ by the Holyport College dads and Jubilee Gin from Tarbay Botanist Distillery. Local star Ollie Henry will be performing on stage.
Around 2,000 people showed up overall.
Organiser John Poynter said “Everyone was really positive, it was just a lovely atmosphere.
“The whole village was involved – there was no agenda or fundraising – just a really good community event.”
The Holyport Community Trust (HCT) hosted a Platinum Party at the village hall in Moneyrow Green on Saturday.
The party replaced the annual Holyport fair on the green for this year only. More than 1,000 people showed up to celebrate.
The event was a double celebration, with the Trust having received a grant from DEFRA to upgrade its village hall.
Improvements were made to it during, including a new second space to hire for smaller groups and meetings.
On the night, visitors got to see footage of past Holyport fairs.
The event raised at least a couple of thousand pounds for the refurbishment of the new playground.
Gill Hudson of the HCT said: “Everybody was so happy to be together as a village again. It felt like the village is back. The Jubilee is a wonderful way of celebrating that.”
A street party was held outside the Fifield Inn and in the car park on Sunday, with attendees dressed in 1950s style.
The road outside the Fifield Inn was closed for tables with food and drink set up.
Organised by Oakley Green And Fifield & District Community Association (OGAFCA), the day saw about 150 people stop by.
Those attending were also encouraged to dress up as Royals, with prizes for the best-dressed children.
Residents are invited to make scarecrows with a royal theme to line the roads and gardens.
“I think the weather was a bit of a deterrent but we still had a good day out, great fun was had by all,” said OGAFCA chair Barbara Frame.
Theresa May dropped by Littlewick Green for an afternoon of Jubilee celebrations in Littlewick Green at around 3.45pm on Sunday.
The main event was the Big Lunch on the green, a bring-and-share lasting a couple of hours.
There were then traditional games including a sack race, egg-and-spoon and tug of war. There was also a rounders tournament and a dog show.
Alongside this there was a heritage display in the village hall and the new balcony was officially opened by a lookalike of the Queen who pulled up in a Jaguar.
A couple of hundred people showed up to celebrate.
“It was nice to see everyone get together for a really good celebration, after all these years we haven’t been able to celebrate,” said organiser Seb Moore.
The heritage display was helped along by a funding grant of £2,000 from the National Lottery for a projector and speaker.
These are now assets in the community, able to be borrowed for future events.
A street party organised by Burchetts Green Village Association raised around £870 for Ukraine.
Around 150 people attended the party in the village
Children also ran stalls and games at 50p a go to raise some extra money for Burchetts Green Infant School. This part raised more than £250.
Among the activities was a silent disco, penalty shoot-out on the green and a treasure hunt among others.
There was also a portrait competition with large portraits of the Queen hung at the Greyhound pub and royal pudding and cake-baking competition.
Vicar Tom Etherton played God Save the Queen on a keyboard, accompanied by Charlotte Coyle, 15, singing.
There was also live music from another young person, Martha Hobbs, 17, a singer-songwriter sang and played guitar.
The £800-odd of donations went to Hope and Homes for Children and the British Red Cross.
8.03pm: The Queen says she has been 'humbled and deeply touched' by the amount of people who took to the streets to celebrate her 70-year reign.
“I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.”— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 5, 2022
As the #PlatinumJubilee weekend draws to a close, Her Majesty has sent a thank you message to all those who have marked her 70 years as Queen. pic.twitter.com/eoZTcrTr6C
What better way to round off the long weekend than with some observations from some of the Jubilee celebration's most dedicated and enthusiastic visitors.
Janet Bailey, down from Birmingham, said: “I was supposed to be babysitting my granddaughter but this is a once in a lifetime event. She’ll understand when she’s older.”
Windsorian John Sheehy is able to remember the Queen’s entire reign.
“The last Jubilee I went to was when I was three years old – the coronation – we’d just come out of World War II,” he said.
It was made all the more exciting by the ongoing post-war rationing, affecting the supply of various foods.
“It was quite an impressive thing, you were seeing things you hadn’t seen before, like oranges.
“But in those days you have one TV set in the whole street. Things have changed so much.”
Toast to the queen from the Long Walk, from Helen, Michael, John and Pamela pic.twitter.com/eXx3bQTgk2— Adrian Williams (@AdrianW_BM) June 5, 2022
Check out some of our best pictures of the day:
Our photographers have been incredibly busy today, getting to as many street parties and celebrations as possible. Stay tuned for a selection of pictures for the final day of the Jubilee weekend.
You can view all our jubilee photos here and purchase copies at a special discounted rate.
As celebrations come to a close, the village street parties including Holyport, Fifield and Cookham give a cheerful wave and in some cases a singalong.
Around 2,000 people came to enjoy the festivities in Cookham. There was a singalong of classics, pavement chalking and plenty of dogs with Union Jacks tucked into their collars. Now wrapping up, organiser Adam Garrett (Devine Flowers) said it has been 'a fab day'. pic.twitter.com/Za22m54jEf— Adrian Williams (@AdrianW_BM) June 5, 2022
Adam Garrett helped organise the Cookham party, featuring the Cookham Kids singing group, live music, a fancy-dress competition and cake competition with judges Ross Kemp and new mayor Councillor Christine Bateson.
They finished the day with a singalong of classics such as Sweet Caroline, Delilah and God Save the Queen among others.
Adam thinks about 2,000 people showed up overall, starting from noon to 4-5pm.
“It’s just been fabulous, it’s been so nice to get everyone together,” said Adam.
Maidenhead MP Theresa May also popped down to Cookham’s street party, as well as those of Littlewick Green and Sonning.
4pm: The final day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations may not have been blessed with great weather but that hasn't stopped people gathering on the Long Walk in Windsor for a watchalong of the Platinum Pageant.
The path was lined with some 200 or so tables, each seating six, and were fully booked, making for about 1,200 people along the concourse.
Many more spread out picnics on the grass, or clustered around the big screens on deck chairs and picnic blankets
“If the weather was better I think it would be rammed. This is for the more dedicated jubilee crowd,” said Windsor local Philip Barnes, visiting with wife Clare and children.
Their daughter Xanthippe was celebrating her 9th birthday on Sunday.
“I think it’s been ideal weather, any hotter and we’d all be melting,” added Louise Jones, visiting down from Newport in Wales with her husband.
Stalls including one from Windsor and Eton Brewery lined the sides near the stage, featuring entertainment including another rendition of the Long Walk song sung by Windsor schoolchildren.
It's here, the fourth and final day of Jubilee celebrations over this long weekend.
To kick things off, another large celebration is set for the Long Walk in Windsor - Windsor’s Big Lunch.
Picnickers are invited to gather around big screens to watch the national Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which promises to be a spectacular parade, combining street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.
The Pageant itself starts at 2.30pm - but there's plenty going on in the run-up, including street entertainers around the Long Table, such as a balloon modeller, a bubbleologist and Union Jack stilt-walkers.
The table itself is fully booked but there should be plenty of space to show up for a picnic on the grass.
There will be an onsite bar provided by Windsor & Eton Brewery selling a selection of beer, wine and soft drinks.
If you're sticking to Maidenhead, there is also an array of street parties today starting in lunchtime and the afternoon, including in the villages of Holyport and Cookham.
Photographer Nick Parford has been busy snapping across Windsor and Slough for the third day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Pictures of the Long Walk earlier today as Party in the Park saw thousands of people descend on Windsor for Saturday's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Windsor residents Emma Pritchard, Emma Wigzell, Vicky Buser and Veronique Walsh (below) toasted the Queen’s 70 years with a champagne in the sunshine.
Stay tuned to the blog for more pictures from today's events.
Reporter Kieran Bell nipped over the River Thames to Eton where a sold-out street party is in full swing.
More than 600 people are at the event in the high street, with live music acts and a long row of tables laden with Union Jacks creating quite the jubilee atmosphere.
One of the organisers - Ros Rivas - said: "This is probably our only Platinum Jubilee and aren’t we lucky to be part of that era."
One of the organisers of the street party, Ros Rivas, told me that 636 people are in the high street for the party, making it one of the biggest in the borough. ‘This is probably our only Platinum Jubilee and aren’t we lucky to be part of that era’. pic.twitter.com/frhKTL0gOh— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) June 4, 2022
1.25pm: You wouldn't normally get away with parking a car on The Long Walk but seeing as it's Platinum Jubilee...
There are a selection of cars dotted along the Long Walk representing each decade of Her Majesty’s reign. From the 1962 Aston Martin v8 to the 2016 Rolls Royce. pic.twitter.com/7JV8WUjNW1— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) June 4, 2022
12.25pm: A Platinum Jubilee flotilla cruised through Windsor this morning. Reporter Kieran Bell was there to witness the action.
I’m in Windsor today for the third day of the #platinumjubilee2022. The riverside is a sea of red, white and blue as a gold Flotilla cruises past to begin today’s celebrations. pic.twitter.com/En9IBl5pwi— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) June 4, 2022
11.43am: Another cheery weather update from the Met Office for the final day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
See the latest weather update for Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead here.
Fancy a spot of bowls, Your Majesty? Fun and games in Cippenham yesterday.
Has one of our photographers snapped you celebrating the Platinum Jubilee?
You can view all our jubilee photos here and purchase copies at a special discounted rate.
We continue our look back through the archives with a photo gallery of jubilee celebrations for the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Our photographers Ian Longthorne and Nick Parford were out and about yesterday capturing the jubilee spirit.
Residents (and four-legged friends) in York Road, Windmill Close and Kipling Court in Windsor seemed to be enjoying the festivities:
Before we begin, who likes a bit of history?
This week, reporter Kieran Bell spoke with Windsor historian Brigitte Mitchell about the extraordinary past of Windsor Castle.
Did you know that the first Royal Wedding to take place here dates back to the 1100s?
Find out more facts and a fascinating insight into one of the Queen's residences by reading our story here.
9:52am, Saturday, June 4:
Hello and welcome to day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations across East Berkshire and South Bucks.
We've had jubilee dogs, street parties, beacon lightings and an ox roast - amongst many other things - across the past two days.
Today, up to 10,000 people are expected in Windsor for a Party in the Park on the Long Walk, while Eton High Street is set to host a sold out street party.
Meanwhile, an acoustic music festival will be coming to Off The Tap, in Maidenhead High Street.
Stay tuned to our live blog for all the updates from these events and others across the day. We will have photographers and a reporter roaming the streets, so say hello if you spot us!
6.24pm: In Birdwood Road, Evie was in the Jubilee spirit.
6.21pm: Before that, Nick travelled to a family fun day where arts and crafts were on display in Oaken Grove park.
6.10pm: Our photographers have been out and about this afternoon. Nick Parford went over to a garden party in The Spens, Cookham.
5.30pm: The residents of Woodcote, Maidenhead, have got the guitar out. Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' the soundtrack for their garden party.
4.46pm: "It's just a fantastic opportunity for all the community to get together on what can be quite a busy road."
I've popped down to the Courthouse Road street party. Lucy Budge, part of the organising committee, says more than 150 have joined the celebrations in Furze Platt - some even returning home from afar to join in! pic.twitter.com/5T59xihkGY— Shay Bottomley (@ShayB_BM) June 3, 2022
4.12pm: The Queen may have pulled out of this morning's thanksgiving service at St Pauls Cathedral but she made an appearance, of sorts, at a street party in Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, this afternoon.
Even the Queen is in attendance here at Courthouse Road! pic.twitter.com/Je4ARR0qJ8— Shay Bottomley (@ShayB_BM) June 3, 2022
1.14pm: Before the 14th Prime Minister under Queen Elizabeth II attended a thanksgiving service at St Pauls Cathedral this morning, his predecessor paid tribute to Her Majesty in Parliament last week.
For 70 years, Her Majesty has been steadfast in her selflessness, in her dedication to duty & in her commitment to her country. For that we simply say: thank you, Ma’am. God Save The Queen #PlatinumJubilee #HM70 pic.twitter.com/kyWkVBKOsO— Theresa May (@theresa_may) June 2, 2022
12.31pm: The weather is set to take a turn tonight, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for thunderstorms from 1am on Saturday.
Make sure you bring anything in which could get rain damaged!
12.09pm: Just a reminder of the road closures and events taking place this weekend across the region.
11.38am: Good morning, and welcome to the second day of our coverage of the Platinum Jubilee.
Yesterday saw the four-day festivities begin, highlighted by fighter jets roaring over Windsor and Maidenhead, before the Platinum Jubilee beacon was ignited at Windsor Castle in front of thousands.
The celebrations ramp up a notch today with street parties planned across the country. In Marlow, the council is encouraging residents to ‘party like the Queen’, whilst a large picnic is taking place on the green in Holyport.
We will have updates throughout the day, and if you want us to feature your celebrations on our live blog, please get in touch via Twitter: @ShayB_BM or on email@example.com
Friday, June 3, 10.30am:
Our photographer Ian Longthorne was out and about in Windsor yesterday as the ox roast got underway in Bachelors Acre. Look our for Ian and our photographer Nick Parford as they will be popping up at plenty of events this weekend.
10.50pm: The lighting of the beacon at Windsor Castle formed part of a chain of more than 3,500 flaming tributes in towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, UK overseas territories and each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.
Credit: Steve Parsons/PA
10.43pm: Pictures just in from Windsor Castle this evening where The Queen lit the principal jubilee beacon.
Credit: Steve Parsons/PA
Eirwen Ebenezer has lived in the avenue for 50 years and praised the organisers, adding: “It’s lovely to see all these people here.” pic.twitter.com/0JckXZhGuY— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Toast to Her Majesty the Queen! pic.twitter.com/1JNyLogDzT— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
David Osborne said he was ‘absolutely loving’ the atmosphere pic.twitter.com/37a51grn2s— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Youngsters were also enjoying activities pic.twitter.com/RCDn2jufiq— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Jane Williams and Lyndsay Chapman, members of the organising committee spoke of why they put on a street party for the celebrations pic.twitter.com/nuaAITIlVu— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Partygoers marking the occasion! pic.twitter.com/cz5l7qIoyB— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Chris Davies, president of the Rotary Club of Windsor St George discusses how it feels to be part of the celebrations pic.twitter.com/Kn2ZrIuWbS
— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Tim reflects on the demand for the Ox Roast! pic.twitter.com/OIzo4Ul1Jl— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
Tim Marville of The Whole Roast Ox company spoke about being at the event to mark the historic occasion. pic.twitter.com/YQSS301osD— Jade Kidd (@JadeK_BM) June 2, 2022
'Tiser and Express photographer Ian Longthorne has captured the jubilee flypast above Windsor Castle this afternoon.
The first big event taking place in Windsor this weekend is an ox roast at Bachelors Acre.
Feeling nostalgic? Take a look back at photos from our archive of the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.
Click here to view the gallery and look out for Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee photos later this weekend.
A jubilee cricket match is taking place in Pinkneys Green today. Our very own Shay Bottomley is taking part.
Don't forget to pick up a copy of today's Maidenhead Advertiser, which features an eight-page Platinum Jubilee souvenir special.
Today's edition of the @MaidenheadAds features a special eight-page supplement featuring photos from our archives and stories from those who have met Her Majesty during her 70-year reign. #PlatinumJubilee pic.twitter.com/3OHhAuNwVl— MaidenheadAdvertiser (@MaidenheadAds) June 2, 2022
It's packed with insights, memories, photos and bits of history. You can also pick up a copy in tomorrow's Slough and Windsor Express.
1.18pm: The Royal Borough and Plastic Free Windsor have been issuing advice on how to reduce plastic waste and keep the environment clean and green this Jubilee weekend.
For all the top tips read our reporter Adrian Williams story here.
1.06pm: Schools across the Maidenhead area have been marking Her Majesty's historic 70-year milestone with their own celebrations.
Click here to see what they got up to!
12.54pm: There are lots of parties, events, lunches, picnics and celebrations to get involved in across Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead over the festivities.
Click here to view what is going on in Maidenhead and the surrounding villages.
To view events taking place in Slough, Windsor and the surrounding areas, click here.
12.17pm: With lots of street parties and community events taking place over the bank holiday weekend, take a look at our stories listing all the road closures across Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor.
To view our story on Maidenhead closures click here.
For our Slough, Windsor and Ascot closures story click here.
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.