‘Complex history’ of Crown Jewels to feature in BBC Jubilee programming

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer, said: “The BBC is marking the Queen’s momentous Platinum Jubilee in spectacular style with an unprecedented range of special programming.

“In celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service, the BBC will bring the people of the UK together with something for everyone to commemorate this historic anniversary culminating on the extended bank holiday weekend.”

Special programming across the BBC networks will start in early May and run through to June 5, with significant live events broadcast across the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

National treasures and veteran broadcasters including Dame Mary Berry, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby will host live and scheduled programmes and feature on radio coverage.

It will mark a return to the BBC for Young, who stepped down from broadcasting in 2018 for health reasons.

She said: “I’m delighted to be back on the BBC for such an historic, unique, and happy event.  

“It’s going to be quite a weekend and our coverage will bring viewers everywhere a front row seat at the celebrations. I can’t wait!”

Prince Harry has not yet said whether he will take any part in proceedings to mark his grandmother’s 70 years on the throne, including the anticipated family photograph on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

However, former Royal Marine and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, JJ Chalmers, a good friend to the Duke of Sussex, will co-present the Jubilee Special of Trooping the Colour live on Thursday June 2 alongside Young and Huw Edwards.

On the same day, there will also be coverage of the traditional lighting of beacons across the nation and Commonwealth.

Festivities across the country will be covered 

There will be presenters across the country to cover the celebration, including Jermaine Jenas at Buckingham Palace, Gethin Jones in Wales, Carol Kirkwood in Scotland and Holly Hamilton in Northern Ireland.  

In the presence of senior members of the Royal family, Young, Dimbleby and Sophie Raworth will broadcast the Service of Thanksgiving live from St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday June 3.

On Saturday June 4, the Platinum Party at the Palace, a concert featuring music stars and actors, will be broadcast live on BBC 1. 

And on Sunday June 5, there will be coverage of the Platinum Pageant.

The pageant will bring together artistic performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers from across the UK and the Commonwealth, who will unite to tell the story of the Queen’s reign in a festival of creativity.

During the pageant’s finale a number of national treasures will feature and Ed Sheeran will appear on stage to lead a special tribute to the Queen.

Coverage will also include The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking, a one-hour special for BBC One, hosted by food writer and television presenter Dame Mary Berry.