Britons will celebrate the Platinum Jubilee long weekend by hosting more than 16,000 official street parties in honour of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Councils across England have received “a huge number” of applications from residents eager to celebrate the monarch’s milestone, according to the Local Government Association.
Many councils have waived administration fees for road closures, of which there were 9500 during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the LGA said.
A snap poll of a dozen councils by the LGA showed they have approved more than 1000 street parties.
Extrapolated nationally, that suggests more than 16,000 Platinum Jubilee bashes are being planned.
LGA chairman James Jamieson, said: “Councils are pulling out all the stops to help their communities celebrate a historic day for our country.
“Whether it be approving thousands of local road closures for free or putting on big community events, councils are doing what they do best and bringing people together in innovative ways to mark this important milestone.
“After two tough years at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that this time will allow people to raise a toast and celebrate with their loved ones and neighbours.”
Commemorative tree planting is under way in some areas as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, and libraries are gearing up for the Big Jubilee Read campaign celebrating books by authors from across the Commonwealth published during her seven decades as sovereign.
The four days of celebrations begin next Thursday with the traditional Trooping the Colour military parade in central London.
They will also include a service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, a concert outside Buckingham Palace the next day, and a pageant through the British capital on Sunday.
Beacons around the Commonwealth will be ignited in her honour on June 2, beginning in New Zealand’s capital Wellington, and followed by Canberra, before being lit across the Pacific region, through Asia, then the 19 African Commonwealth member states, followed by Europe, then the Caribbean and Americas.