Queen Elizabeth's platinum jubilee celebrations may cause a problem if Edinburgh is festooned with Union Jacks – Helen Martin

There may be some people who are happily excited by a four-day bank holiday and up to a whole year of thrilling events to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 4:45 pm
Queen Elizabeth greets well-wishers in Newtongrange on the day she became Britain's longest reigning monarch in 2015 (Picture: Andrew Milligan/WPA pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth greets well-wishers in Newtongrange on the day she became Britain's longest reigning monarch in 2015 (Picture: Andrew Milligan/WPA pool/Getty Images)

The “holiday” is Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 next year, with a live concert at Buckingham Palace, church thanksgiving, special horse races, bonfires in Capitals, beacons, trooping the colour, and neighbourhood lunches, decorated and draped with Royalist support.

Also, throughout the year, medals will be given to special members of the public and before that Platinum Jubilee weekend, the Royals will tour the “country” (which I assume is the UK) holding Royal engagements.

It’s difficult to figure out who will take that four-day “holiday” if they have, or work, in pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops or any other businesses, plus self-employed workers or anyone else who can make money when June this year and last year hasn’t been as profitable.

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It may not be quite as applauded in Scotland as it will be in England, but at least it’s a celebration of her seven decades as monarch. There may be a Windsor hope that it also promotes and tries to maintain the Union, but there’s not much chance of that.

There is going to be a bit of a problem here if Her Majesty’s Jubilee involves a massive display of Union Jacks on the castle, Holyrood House, Holyrood Parliament, UK civil servant offices, the Royal Mile, Princes Street, the gardens, galleries, and anywhere else.

That certainly would have happened if this event occurred several decades ago.

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