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How to watch the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 on TV: what's on, when and where

Queen's Platinum Jubilee - The Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne.
The Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Hang out the bunting, organise a street party and get ready for a summer of celebration to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022. 

To mark the momentous occasion the TV schedules are bursting with parties, parades, pageants and puddings to pay tribute to The Queen becoming the first British monarch to reign for 70 years.  

From the second week of May the excitement starts to build with the celebrations culminating in the four-day bank holiday weekend on Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, when the party really gets started with a host of events to pay tribute to Her Majesty and her seven decades of service. 

Will the Queen's Platinum Jubilee be televised?

The Queen officially celebrated 70 years on the throne on Feb 6, 2022. But the occasion will be marked with a series of TV specials throughout the summer and over the four-day bank holiday weekend.

Here's our guide to all the shows to get you in the platinum party mood…

Footage from the archives

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen, Sunday, 29 May on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

A 20-year-old Princess Elizabeth enjoying a visit to South Africa in 1947 from the forthcoming BBC documentary, 'Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen'

A 20-year-old Princess Elizabeth enjoying a visit to South Africa in 1947. (Image credit: BBC)

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen is a special documentary that will see Queen Elizabeth II narrating and telling viewers her story in her own words.

To bring the documentary to life, the BBC was granted special access to hundreds of private home movies shot by the Royal Family, including clips of a young Princess Elizabeth smiling at her engagement ring, that have previously never been seen by the public.

In addition to this, filmmakers also listened to over three hundred of the Queen's speeches across 80 years to give an in-depth portrait of her life, with footage including significant moments in the Queen's life from being pushed in a pram by her mother to her coronation at the age of 27 in 1953.

The proof's in the pudding!

The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking, Thursday, May 12, 8pm, BBC One and afterwards on iPlayer 

The Judges and finalists with their puddings.

The judges and finalists with their puddings.  (Image credit: BBC)

Following a nationwide competition to find a new pudding to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Queen's reign, Dame Mary Berry and chef Monica Galetti are among the judges to decide which pud is fit for a queen.

In this delicious show, the five finalists, who have been whittled down from thousands of entrants, are tasked with making their decadent desserts in the kitchens of Fortnum & Mason. The Duchess of Cornwall will then have the final taste test and announce the winner. 

The recipe will then to made available so the successful sweet can be enjoyed not only by Her Majesty but also by the nation as it is baked at street parties across the land for The Big Jubilee Lunch, on Sunday, June 5.

A night to remember…

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration, Sunday, May 15, ITV and ITV Hub

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration on ITV

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration on ITV. (Image credit: ITV)

The first live TV event to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee is a star-studded concert from the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host as a plethora of performers take to the stage, plus 500 horses and a 75-piece orchestra.

The evening is split into four acts and will present a 'gallop through history' from the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, depicting key moments in history along the way. 

Each act also has a celebrity host with none other than Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise taking charge of one, followed by Billions actor Damian Lewis, Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh and garden guru Alan Titchmarsh. 

Dame Helen Mirren will play Queen Elizabeth 1, comedian Omid Djalili narrates and there will also be a host of musical stars including Keala Settle, Gregory Porter and Katherine Jenkins. 

Speaking of hosting such a momentous occasion, Phillip said: "What a milestone - it's an honour to be involved and to be asked back following the Diamond Jubilee. Celebrating the 70-year reign of a British monarch has never happened before, so it feels incredible that we are involved in a key part of history that the British public will look back on for years to come. The fact the Queen acceded the throne when she was only 25 years old really is astonishing. It's a joy to be involved. 

"I think Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth I will be such a fantastic moment to see live. It's also great having Omid as the Herald, he brings such brilliant humour and wit to proceedings which is a really nice touch."

Picture perfect

Grayson's Art Club: Queen's Jubilee Special, Wednesday, May 25, at 10pm on C4 and 4OD

A one-off special of the popular painting show to celebrate Her Majesty. At the beginning of the year artist Grayson Perry and his wife Philippa Perry put out a call for members of the public to send in their own artwork on the theme of The Queen.

This show sees the pair, plus a special guest, look through the entrants and select their favourites for a national exhibition. They will also be creating their own portraits of Elizabeth II and discussing her role and influence on the nation as a whole. 

"For most of us The Queen has always been there, a part of who we are, a dream symbol. She carries a lot of meaning, she's a good subject for art," says Grayson. 

A cake fit for a queen

Juliet's Jubilee Bakes, Monday, May 16, from 10am, ITV and ITV Hub

Regular This Morning chef Juliet Sear kicks off a new segment on the flagship ITV daytime show, visiting royal locations and sharing regal-inspired recipes. 

In Juliet's Jubilee Bakes, the talented chef will be popping into Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor to discover more about cooking for royalty, meeting one of the Queen's former chefs and the ladies of the Sandringham WI for some extra special tips on the perfect party food.

Packed full of ideas and recipes to celebrate in delicious style, this is a must-see for anyone planning a royal-inspired party.

How can I watch the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on TV?

There will be plenty of opportunity to join in with the festivities over the four-day bank holiday as the Royal Family come together to help Queen and county celebrate this momentous day. 

From street parties to awe-inspiring visual spectacles featuring some of the biggest names from the entertainment industry from around the globe, the Queen certainly knows how to throw party! 

Check out our day by day guide to all the Platinum Jubilee events on TV across this very special four-day weekend. 

What's happening on Thursday, June 2?

The Trooping of the Colour

The Queen on horseback at The Trooping of the Colour. (Image credit: Getty Images)

After an exciting build up to the four-day bank holiday weekend, the celebrations begin in earnest on Thursday, June 2 with The Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), which will be shown live on BBC One. 

Over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will parade from Buckingham Palace, down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade. There will also be a RAF fly-past which will be enjoyed by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. 

Later that day there will also be an evening highlights show, which will recap on the Parade and also show the lighting of the chain of beacons across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and in every capital city across the Commonwealth. 

Over on Sky News  you can watch Jubilee Breakfast with Kay Burley from 7am to 10am where Kay Burley will be live outside Buckingham Palace as events to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee get underway. Kay will be previewing a packed day of special events and talking to many of those involved.

Also on Sky News you can watch Trooping The Colour from 10am to 1pm and then from 9pm to 10pm there is The Jubilee Beacon Show which sees Gillian Joseph live at Buckingham Palace as more than 2,000 beacons are lit around the United Kingdom to mark 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.

The Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. (Image credit: Getty Images)

What's happening on Friday, June 3?

The Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul's Cathedral is the first event on Friday, June 3 and will be shown live on BBC One. 

Members of the Royal Family as well as many other distinguished guests will gather for this very special event to give thanks to Her Majesty for her seven decades of dedicated service. 

Over on Sky News Jubilee Breakfast with Kay Burley is back at 7am, which will see Kay Burley at St Paul’s Cathedral for the special service of thanksgiving. Kay will be joined by those taking part in the service as well as Sky News correspondents around the UK.

What's happening on Saturday, June 4?

Crowds gathered on The Mall to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Crowds gathered on The Mall to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. (Image credit: Getty Images)

On Saturday, June 4, the celebrations begin with a day at the races as The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attend The Derby at Epsom Downs, which will be shown on ITV.

The celebrations then continue into the night as the Platinum Party at the Palace airs live on BBC One.

Bringing together some of the biggest names from across the entertainment business, it promises to be a night full of music and laughter as well as an entertaining look back at some of the most significant moments of Her Majesty's reign. 

Diana Ross, Queen and Adam Lambert, Duran Duran and Sir Rod Stewart will perform at a star-studded concert along with Alicia Keys, George Ezra, Hans Zimmer, Mabel and Eurovision singer Sam Ryder.

Other stars lined up include Craig David, Ella Eyre, Elbow, Jax Jones, Celeste, Andrea Bocelli, Sigala and Nile Rogers, while Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will present the show. 

Sir Elton John will take part too, although his performance will be pre-recorded because he is currently on a European tour.

Sky News will be airing a Jubilee Breakfast from 6am, where Kamali Melbourne will be outside Buckingham Palace as people around the country mark the third day of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

What's happening on Sunday, June 5

A street party from the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

A street party from The Queen's Silver Jubilee. (Image credit: Getty Images)

On Sunday, June 5 many communities will come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch, but alongside sandwiches (with the crusts off?) and plenty of delicious cake (fingers crossed!), BBC One will also be showing coverage of The Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

From the streets of London artists, dancers, musicians and military personnel will tell the story of the The Queen's 70-year reign in a spectacular festival. 

Divided into four acts each one will celebrate a different aspect of The Queen's reign and life in the UK.

Act 1 is called For Queen and Country and will be a military spectacle celebrating the Armed Forces from around the UK and Commonwealth.

Act 2 is titled The Time of Our Lives and will celebrate life in Britain from 1952 up to the modern day. As well as a host of dancers, classic vehicles, music and fashion, 150 national treasures will also feature including Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Gary Lineker and even Basil Brush – Boom! Boom!

Act 3 is named Let's Celebrate and is where the party really gets started as street theatre, dance, music and giant sculptures all come together in a fantastic celebration of creativity and imagination. 

Act 4 is called Happy and Glorious and is centred around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace where performers including music mega star Ed Sheeran will help bring the celebrations to a dramatic and triumphant final.

One part of the pageant not to be missed is a section called the 'River of Hope,' where 200 silk flags will be carried down The Mall like a moving river. The flags have been designed by school children across the UK and represent the children's hopes and dreams for the planet over the next 70 years. 

Sky News will also be offering their own coverage of Sunday's events, starting with Jubilee Breakfast with Sophy Ridge at 6am, then from 11am The Jubilee Big Lunch with Kay Burley sees live coverage from around the UK of the many big lunch events taking place to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with special guest Dame Joanna Lumley and Sky Royal Events commentator Alastair Bruce. Then at 2pm Kay Burley will cover The Jubilee Pageant. 

Joanne Lowles
Joanne Lowles

Joanne Lowles has been writing about TV since 2002. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism, she worked for All About Soap magazine covering the ups and downs of life on the cobbles, the square and the Dales. 

Next came nearly 10 years at TV Times magazine as a writer and then deputy features editor. Here she spent many happy days interviewing the biggest names in entertainment and visiting the sets of some of our most popular shows including Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing

With a love of nature and wildlife she’s also interviewed the leading experts in this area including David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall. She’s also travelled the world visiting Mongolia, Canada and South Africa to see how the best in the business make the most brilliant natural history documentaries. 

Freelance since 2013, she is now is a digital writer and editor for What to Watch, previews the best on the box for TV Times mag each week and loves being constantly surprised, entertained and informed by the amazing TV that she is lucky enough to watch.