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Posted on June 6th, 2023

Your Imagery Work Break – Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee

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It’s June, that beautiful month full of warm temperatures, swimming pools, vacations, and barbecues. At Apollo, we’re soaking in the warmth of the summer sun and hope you are too! For your ‘Work Break’ today, grab a yummy drink and take a promenade in the fresh air. Before you head out, take a moment to check out this ~49-centimeter (cm) Pléiades Neo 4 image collected in London, England on June 4, 2022. This high-off nadir image (or one that is captured more from a bird’s eye view than top down) was captured during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration at 11:35 local time.

The Platinum Jubilee Celebration commemorated the 70th accession anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, who originally took the throne in 1952. Queen Elizabeth is the first monarch in British history to celebrate a platinum jubilee. To honor this momentous occasion, London hosted a full four days of festivities, from June 2nd until June 5th.

The celebrations began on June 2nd with a Trooping the Color, which doubled as the Queen’s birthday parade. The extravaganza included 400 musicians, 200 horses and 1,400 soldiers, all of whom made the journey from Buckingham Palace to the parade grounds. The parade also involved the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons. Beacon chains, once used as a form of communication, have become symbols of unity across great distances. During the Queen’s Jubilee, more than 1,500 beacons were lit throughout the United Kingdom and UK Territories.

On June 3rd, a Service of Thanksgiving was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, reuniting members of the Royal Family including Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle.

The next day, June 4th, the Queen and the Royal Family attended the Derby at Epsom Downs. That evening Buckingham hosted the Platinum Party at the Palace, a concert event featuring artists like Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, and Diana Ross.

The final day of the festivities on June 5th included Big Jubilee Lunches, where 1,600 street parties were held in Britain, as well as nearly 600 staged across the globe in locations like Canada, Brazil, Japan and South Africa. A pageant to wrap up the celebration was held in central London, led by the Gold State Coach, which Queen Elizabeth used on her coronation day in 1953, leading the procession.

This Pleiades Neo 4 image was collected on the morning of June 4th, during the preparations for the Platinum Party at the Palace, displaying in part how busy the city was during the extravaganza. If want to read more about Queen Elizabeth’s 70 year monarchy, check out this beautiful article featuring photos from her reign.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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