Celebrating a Milestone

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years of service.  To mark this milestone, Buckingham Palace has announced a year-long Jubilee celebration throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and worldwide, where communities will come together to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign.

A four-day bank holiday weekend will run from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022, during which time a schedule of national events created by The Queen’s Pageant master Bruno Peeks will take place. This will include Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving, and a live concert named ‘Party at the Palace’. 

Jubilee Celebrations at Oakham Castle and Rutland County Museum

On 30th May a floral horseshoe will be situated in the Great Hall of Oakham Castle, a floral tribute for her Majesty celebrating the 70 years of Service.


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 will commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee with an array of floral tributes. Our own tribute will include roses, lily of the valley and other complimentary blooms in colours of white, green, purple and blue. Celebrating the Queen's love for nature, a fitting installation by floral designer Joanne Walker will also feature thistles, inspired by the colours and planting of the Scottish landscape near the Balmoral Castle estate. Meanwhile, the iconic Horseshoe shape will be adorned with an crown, a replica of  Her Majesty The Queen's own horse shoe donated to Oakham Castle in 1967.

Oakham Castle Floral Horseshoe
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The Sensory Garden at Oakham Castle
Head over to our Rutland Heritage shop for Platinum Jubilee  memorabilia...... 
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In 2022, the Tower of London will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by transforming the Tower moat into a vibrant, joyful field of flowers. From June to September 2022 the flower display will erupt into new colours and patterns creating a spectacular and dramatic experience. 

'Superbloom' will bring natural beauty to the heart of the city, giving people time to slow down, reflect and bask in the simple joy of flowers in bloom.

Community groups were invited to help spread this joy across the the UK by planting a wild flower seed mix. The volunteer group who tend the Sensory garden has planted a bee friendly mix  in our 'bee bar' located at the rear of the Castle.

'1952 - A Year to Remember'
Temporary Exhibition at Rutland County Museum

Open: 14 May - 11 June & 9 July - 13 August 2022

Rutland County Museum is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a new special exhibition ‘1952 – A Year to Remember’. As well as exploring the death of King George VI and accession of Queen Elizabeth, the exhibition looks at many of the other historic events and firsts that occurred during 1952.

Britain’s modern pop era can be said to have started in 1952 with the first ever official singles chart. At the movies, some classic films were released including ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘High Noon’ and ‘The Quiet Man’. On children’s television ‘Watch with Mother’ was first broadcast and ‘The Flowerpot Men’ and Sooty were first seen on TV. The first TV detector van was also unveiled on 1 February 1952. On the stage, Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ began its 70-year run.

On the sporting front, 1952 saw the Summer Olympics take place in Helsinki, Finland and the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway. The maiden flight of the world’s first commercial passenger jet airliner also took place, flying from London to Johannesburg. On a darker note, Britain’s first atomic bomb test was detonated off the coast of Australia on 2 May 1952 and the Great Smog over London killed up to 4,000 people.

The exhibition includes a selection of memorabilia, objects, photographs, and newspapers from 1952 to help take you back to a pivotal year in our recent history.

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Lighting the way for the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.
Photograph Courtesy of Nick Caro.

Dr Sarah Furness, Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, appeals for everyone to join in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

We hope that you and your community will decorate your village, street and home with bunting and flags to show the festive spirit of Rutland. We’d love to see local businesses getting involved too, whether you work in retail, hospitality or even manufacturing, decorate your premises, shop windows and outside spaces to encompass the best of British spirit.