The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II will be celebrated around the Commonwealth for four days marking the 70th anniversary of her Majesty’s accession to the throne.
Long before newspapers and Instagram, it was town criers — with their bells and pronounced cries of “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” in village squares across Britain — who shared news, gossip and royal family intrigue to interested crowds.
“We’re never going to see another Platinum Jubilee — certainly not in my lifetime,” said Jane Smith, a town crier for the coastal town Bognor Regis who wrote the jubilee proclamation at the request of the event’s organizers. “It was just an absolute honor to be able to do something like that,” she said, adding, “It’s a piece of history.”
The centuries-old tradition, which is kept alive by volunteers and enthusiasts often appointed by towns and villages in Britain, was brought to the fore Thursday afternoon by town criers around Britain, who read a proclamation to honor the Platinum Jubilee celebrating the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Hattingdon joins the festivities decked out in a super fun hat made for her by English born and bred creator and designer — Vivian.
The Jackie hat comes in two looks. One features a Union Jack inspired sweetheart hat with round shades inspired by the English flag, and the other sans shades.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a chic navy and white Philip Treacy saucer hat.
The Duchess paid a sweet tribute to Princess Diana by wearing her late mother-in-law’s earrings and necklace.
Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the British throne today, 6 February 2022, a milestone never reached by any of her predecessors over the last 1,000 years, and one that only a few monarchs across the globe have ever achieved.
On 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became the first sovereign in over 200 years to accede the throne while abroad.
Princess Elizabeth was on a trip to Kenya when she ascended the throne. She became the Queen of Britain, and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, following the news of her father George VI’s untimely passing at the age of 56.
Her Majesty has achieved an incredible feat as she officially marks 70 years since she acceded to the throne.
We mark the occasion with a vintage design — called Regina.
Vivian, a lifelong photographer, originally created Regina during the Christmas holidays in 2008 in Washington, D.C. where she had been lobbying for horse protection laws.
“This old design looked impossible to save to begin with,” she states. “I didn’t have Photoshop then. Who knows what I used? All the layers were locked anyway. Thankfully I was able to salvage the crown totally intact! I didn’t fancy having to recreate that.”
Vivian is purely self taught. “I learned through trial and error. Lots of trials, and lots of errors,” she laughs. “But I have plenty of imagination . . . . and ‘never say die’. I was such a newbie when I created that design. I am pretty astonished by it actually.”
We hope Regina brings you a ‘hatful of smiles’.
Before you go, look at this. Lovely. “I want that new Barbie Doll of the Queen,” says Vivian. “It is gorgeous. What do you bet I won’t be able to get one? Sigh.”
Here is the fabulous doll referred to by Vivian above. Mattel made a Barbie doll of HM in honor of her Platinum Jubilee. So very fabulous.