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Weird and Wonderful Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations, Explained

Why the Monarch has two birthdays and a golden carriage.

Queen Elizabeth II  is celebrating  her 70 year reign.

Queen Elizabeth II  is celebrating  her 70 year reign.

Photographer: Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The UK is preparing a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign. This weekend, millions in cities, towns and villages are readying feasts of cucumber and coronation chicken sandwiches, knitting model corgis and putting up bunting and Union Jack flags. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said the Jubilee is a “a chance for the country to let its hair down after a difficult few years.”

How did these traditions even begin? Here is a guide to the Jubilee celebration and all its pageantry.