The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, 1977
The 6th of February 1977 marked 25 years of the Queen’s reign. It was the first major milestone she passed as the monarch of Great Britain, and was celebrated through the entire year with parties, parades and state visits. The Queen and the Royal Family travelled the length and breadth of the world over the course of 1977. Countries visited by the Royals in this period included:
American Samoa, Western Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Oman, Canada, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Mustique, Barbados, and Germany.
In addition, the Queen visited more of the UK this year than any head of state before her. This included (deep breath):
Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Windsor, Greenwich, Lancaster, Preston, Leigh, Stretford, Manchester, St Helens, Liverpool, Bootle, Harlech Castle, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llandudno, Conwy, Bangor, Holyhead, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Neath, Barry, Cardiff, Risca, Spithead, Portsmouth, Wimbledon, Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Grimsby, Doncaster, Sheffield, Barnsley, Leeds, Wakefield, Harrogate, Beverly, York, Hull, Middlesborough, Hartlepool, Eston, Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Dudley, West Bromwich, Walsall, Birmingham, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, Coventry, Leicester, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Derby, Nottingham, Southampton, Torbay, Exeter, Plymouth, Falmouth, Truro, Bodmin, St Austell, Bristol, Northavon, Bath, Keynsham, Weston Super Mare, Belfast, and Derry.
Aren’t you exhausted just reading that list? At each location there was an event, whether it be a military parade, street party, church service, the unveiling of a statue or portrait, or the opening of a building. The new ‘Fleet Line’ of the London Underground was renamed the ‘Jubilee Line’ and given a silver colour on the tube map in honour of the occasion. In addition, a fleet of Silver Jubilee buses was launched around London, the House of Commons and House of Lords held addresses, and the HMS Invincible was launched.
The main celebration was held on the 6th of June, when the Queen lit a beacon from Windsor Castle, following which a succession of beacons were lit that extended across the country. The next day, a ceremony was held at St Paul’s Cathedral, attended by many world leaders. After, a procession was undertaken to Buckingham Palace, which was attended by around a million onlookers. At the same time, around the country millions of people held street parties to celebrate the day.