Jubilant Brits gather for street parties across UK to celebrate Queen's 70-year reign

5 June 2022, 11:51 | Updated: 5 June 2022, 19:06

By Daisy Stephens

Jubilee parties are being thrown up and down the UK as Brits take to the streets to celebrate the Queen's historic 70-year reign.

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Whilst some have had to move inside, the rain has not dampened spirits.

County Durham

Revellers have gathered inside in Country Durham, where union flags adorn the ceiling.

Guests are enjoying food and drink sheltered from the rain.

Partygoers in County Durham
Partygoers in County Durham. Picture: LBC

Guests have also been treated to live music.

London

People have gathered for food, drink and music at a street party in Fulham, west London.

They later participated in tug of war with adults pitted against children - and the children won.

A street party in Fulham
A street party in Fulham. Picture: LBC
The parties are to celebrate the Queen's 70-year reign
The parties are to celebrate the Queen's 70-year reign. Picture: LBC
One attendee, 81-year-old Marguerite Lewis, was dressed as the Queen
One attendee, 81-year-old Marguerite Lewis, was dressed as the Queen. Picture: LBC

Bristol

In Bristol, revellers are enjoying live music outside the cathedral.

Birmingham

In Birmingham, the main street party was rained off - but that didn't stop a Jubilee party for the homeless from going ahead.

One of the trustees of Let's Feed Brum, Alan Strang, told LBC he was "delighted" to be hosting the jubilee street party for the street community of Birmingham.

"We do this every Tuesday and Thursday and consistency is absolutely key," he said.

"People have travelled a long way – some of them with great hardship to get here – so whatever the weather we will be here in some shape or form."

He went on to say: "Everybody is welcome. Whatever your circumstances, today should be a celebration and if it's to do with the jubilee, the more the better, but if it's just being with friends and enjoying a hot drink and something nice to eat then we're also very happy they've come along to join us."

A street party for homeless people went ahead in Birmingham
A street party for homeless people went ahead in Birmingham. Picture: LBC

St Albans

Partygoers in St Albans were not put off by the rain either, with people enjoying food and drink under the cover of gazebos.

A street party in St Albans went all-out on the decorations
A street party in St Albans went all-out on the decorations. Picture: LBC

Dorset

A Jubilee street party is being held in the square in Beaminster, Dorset.

View from the air of the Platinum Jubilee street party in the square at Beaminster
View from the air of the Platinum Jubilee street party in the square at Beaminster. Picture: Alamy

There is a particularly special party being held at the Oval - attended by Prince Charles and Camilla.

Prince Charles was overheard telling people how much he was enjoying the sense of community the Jubilee weekend has brought, saying it was "great" that everyone had 'come together'.

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"When it comes to Monday, are we going to go back to all the bickering again?" He was heard joking.

"Let's hope we don't."

Camilla is wearing an emerald green embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at a crowded Oval
Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at a crowded Oval. Picture: Alamy

Prince Charles shared a joke about marmalade sandwiches with a guest, referencing the Queen's sketch with Paddington Bear on Saturday night.

He told local resident Sonia Wilson, 43, he was "sorry to keep you from your lunch".

Ms Wilson replied: "No worries, I had my marmalade sandwich."

She said Charles had laughed in response, and said: "That's a good joke, isn't it?"

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Partygoers met the Prince
Partygoers met the Prince. Picture: Alamy

Chef and winner of the Great British Bake Off Giuseppe Dell'Anno, who met Prince Charles at the party, told LBC the Jubilee celebrations were "a concentration of positivity".

"It's a very British thing, it's difficult to translate actually," he said.

"It's a concentration of positivity and good impressions.

"You do it simply because you want to bring people together, you want to share food with others."

About meeting Prince Charles, he said: "I was certainly not expecting that.

"He came across as a lovely person and he made us feel very much at ease, and what I found out is that his favourite cuisine is Italian so I'm chuffed."

Warwickshire

Locals gathered in Alcester, Warwickshire for a street party too, with hundreds lining the streets under tents and gazebos to shelter from the rain.

Street party in Alcester, Warwickshire.
Street party in Alcester, Warwickshire. Picture: LBC