Platinum Jubilee

Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June 2022, celebrating our Queen becoming the first British Monarch to reign for 70 years.

Join the celebrations here in Rutland, with lots of events and jubilations – the county will be full of cheer, and bunting aplenty!

The Rutland County Show will run as a special jubilee bonanza,  Rutland County Museum have a display on the Coronation Year of 1952 and many villages will be holding street parties. More details will be here when available.

Oakham are hosting a Beacon Lighting event on 2nd June at 9.45pm at Cutts Close. There will also be a fair at Cutts Close on 4th (12-8pm) & 5th (12-5pm) June with live music, food stalls, bar, fun fair and face painting. Mill Street are hosting a street fair on Sunday 5th, 11am-4pm.

Uppingham have an augmented reality experience around the High Street (available now) where children and enthusiastic adults can meet characters from Buckingham Palace and have their photo taken. On 2nd June the Town Crier will proclaim the Jubilee and the church bells will ring (6pm) . Bring your picnic to Tod’s Piece from 8pm for music and the lighting of the Beacon (9.45pm).

Rutland’s Lord-Lieutenant has a useful webpage about the goings on for the Platinum Jubilee, plus there is the official Government Platinum Jubilee website featuring other ways you can get involved.

Share your celebrations with us! We’d love to see what you get up to in and around Rutland to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Below we have linked the official Platinum Jubilee Emblem for you to use and our very own Discover Rutland Social Media Photo Frame for you to use on top of your photos documenting the Jubilee in Rutland! Tag us in your photos and use #PlatinumJubileeRutland 

The Discover Rutland Social Media Photo Frame  |  The Official Platinum Jubilee Emblem

Rutland’s Royal Connections

Rutland was a traditional part of a wedding gift to Anglo-Saxon Queens. This started with Emma of Normandy, who was granted ‘Roteland’ on her marriage to King Ethelred the Unready in 1002AD. One of our villages to the extreme western edge of these lands is known as Edith Weston, this presumably derives from when Emma and Ethelred’s son, Edward the Confessor, bequeathed Rutland to his wife, Edith of Wessex in 1053.

Oakham Castle has a fascinating tradition of collecting decorative horseshoes from any visiting Monarch or Peers of the Realm. The Great Hall displays this unique collection of over 230 ornate ceremonial horseshoes, the oldest surviving one from Edward IV in 1470 to our own Queen Elizabeth II’s horseshoe taking pride of place.

There is also evidence of monarchs visiting Oakham Castle before 1470:

  • 1206 King John
  • 1219-1258 Henry III visits at least 7 times
  • 1323 Edward II
  • 1375 Edward III
  • 1378-80 Richard II

‘1952 – A Year to Remember’ Temporary Exhibition

14/05/2022 - 13/08/2022

Rutland County Museum is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with its 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.