Revelers were on their feet across Britain on Wednesday night to make the most of the four-day weekend to mark the Queen’s historic platinum anniversary.
Young Brits were pictured wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts in chilly Newcastle, while the streets of Soho in central London were lined with gamblers gathering outside pubs.
A group of boys, wearing flashy Hawaiian holiday shirts, chanted as they walked to their local watering hole in Jesmond, Newcastle, with a pictured partygoer slung over his friend’s shoulder.
Others were dressed in warmer clothes as they raised a glass to Her Majesty’s ‘Platty Joobs’ – as it’s been called on social media – on the terraces of local pubs and bars.
The jovial mood was also felt in Birmingham, where bouncers joked with revelers while donning face masks with the image of the Queen – who is celebrating 70 years in power this weekend.
Meanwhile, in Leeds, young people posed under rows and rows of Union Jack buntings while they were seen taking a disco nap on a bench.
Leeds partygoers wave Union Jack flags as one dons a popular face mask with the Queen
People are making the most of the start of the four-day bank holiday weekend, enjoying a drink at the Dog and Duck in West London’s Soho on Wednesday night
Friends opt for pants and a top as they celebrate the start of Platinum Jubilee weekend in Birmingham city center late Wednesday night
Group of boys don ostentatious Hawaiian shirts as they head to the pub in Jesmond, Newcastle on Wednesday night, with a reveler slung over his friend’s shoulder
The Three Greyhounds pub in central London was packed on Wednesday evening as the celebrations for the anniversary weekend began
Young revelers in Newcastle raise a glass to Her Majesty as they kick off the four-day weekend
Friends pose as they celebrate Queen’s Jubilee in Birmingham city center
Friends giggle while in Birmingham on Wednesday as they kick off the four day Jubilee weekend
A group of friends all laugh as they pose with Union Jack bunting in Leeds on Wednesday night
Friends sing and puff cigarettes while in Jesmond, Newcastle on Wednesday night
Revelers out in Jesmond, Newcastle Wednesday night as they celebrate the start of a four-day bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
It comes as a series of major events are scheduled, starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday with a special parade celebrating the life of the country’s longest-reigning monarch.
Outdoor parties will also take place on Sunday as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, while there will be a televised concert on the BBC from Buckingham Palace the day before.
While the celebrations have – clearly – already started in some places, today’s official events kick off with a special Trooping the Colour.
More than 1,500 officers and soldiers and hundreds of horses from the Household Division will stage the show at London’s Horse Guards Parade, in the color of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.
Friends sip pints and cocktails at a pub in Newcastle’s Jesmond as the four-day Jubilee weekend kicks off
Revelers took to Birmingham city center on Wednesday night to kick off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration
The jovial mood was also felt in Birmingham, where bouncers joked with revelers while donning face masks with the image of the Queen – who is celebrating 70 years in power this weekend
Meanwhile, in Leeds, youngsters posed under rows and rows of Union Jack buntings as they were seen taking a disco nap on a bench
The Queen is then expected to surprise the public with a performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. It is also expected that she will appear on the balcony again on Sunday after the final of the Pageantparade.
The monarch will not attend Friday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, although her wider family is expected to include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The 96-year-old queen will also spend time with the Sussexes, who are bringing their children Archie and Lilibet from the US – and could meet Lili for the first time as she celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.
On Sunday, thousands of people across the country will gather as more than 85,000 large anniversary lunches and street parties are held to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.
Members of the Royal Family will also visit all corners of the UK this weekend for official appointments – with William and Kate going to Wales; Edward and Sophie travel to Northern Ireland; and Anne to Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953 – just over a year after the then 25-year-old ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father George VI. It was the first coronation ever to be televised, with 27 million people in the UK tuning in to it.