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UK plans holiday weekend to honour Queen’s 70 years on throne

LONDON (AP) – The United Kingdom (UK) will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne with a military parade, neighbourhood parties and a competition to create a new dessert for the Platinum Jubilee, Buckingham Palace said yesterday.

Elizabeth will become on February 6 the first British monarch to reign for seven decades, and festivities marking the anniversary will culminate in a four-day weekend of events June 2-5. It wasn’t immediately clear which events the Queen, 95, would take part in after doctors recently advised her to get more rest.

The weekend, which includes an extra public holiday in honour of the Queen, will begin on June 2, with Trooping the Colour -the annual military parade that marks the queen’s official birthday.

That will be followed on June 3 by a service of thanksgiving honouring the queen’s service to the UK, her other realms and the Commonwealth.

In a nod to coronation chicken – the concoction of cold chicken, curry powder, mayonnaise and other ingredients served at garden parties marking the queen’s formal ascent to the throne – the palace will sponsor the Platinum Pudding competition to create a new dessert dedicated to the monarch.

The competition will be open to UK residents as young as eight and will be judged by television cooking personalities Mary Berry and Monica Galetti, together with Buckingham Palace head chef Mark Flanagan. The winning recipe will be published ahead of Jubilee weekend so it can be part of the celebrations.

File photo of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. PHOTO: AP
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