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How to watch the Platinum Jubilee main events in the U.S

The four-day celebration is honoring Queen Elizabeth II, the first English monarch to reach 70 years on the throne.
/ Source: TODAY

It's the party of a lifetime — literally. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, ascended the throne in 1952 at the age of 25. And this year, she is marking 70 years as the British sovereign.

To celebrate the occasion, the U.K. is holding a four-day bank holiday from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, replete with parades, pageants, parties, beacon lightings, an official dessert and of course — a trip to the Derby.

Those of us not in the U.K. can partake by witnessing coverage of the multi-day event, called the Platinum Jubilee.

Jubilees are essentially anniversaries for an event, with each year having a different name: 25 years is a Silver Jubilee; 50 years is a Golden Jubilee; 60 years is a Diamond Jubilee. Elizabeth is the first monarch to reach the Platinum Jubilee, or 70 years on the throne.

The country is prepared for celebrations, with photos of the queen projected onto monuments and the mall lined with flags.

Here’s a rundown of the most significant events. The BBC will be broadcasting the entire spectacle in the U.K., and will be partnering with ABC for coverage in the U.S., though the events will be covered on multiple news channels including NBC.

Thursday, June 2

Trooping the Color

Diamond Jubilee - Carriage Procession And Balcony Appearance
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team fly in formation over Buckingham Palace in June 5, 2012, in London, England, for the queen's Diamond Jubilee.Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

When is it? 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to 1 a.m. local time)

What is it? Trooping the Color is a ceremonial parade that honors the British sovereign's birthday.

While the queen turned 96 on April 21, her birthday is always celebrated nationally in June — usually on the month's second Saturday.

While celebrations have annually for the past 260 years, this year's Trooping the Color is special because it aligns with the Platinum Jubilee.

During the parade, the queen will travel by horse and carriage out of Buckingham Palace, down the Mall and to the Horses Guard Parade. The event will feature nearly 1,500 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians.

It all culminates in a "balcony moment," with the queen and her family waving from Buckingham Palace.

How to watch: SkyNews will stream the event through their YouTube channel, and it will be covered on NBC News as well as other networks, like ABC.

Diamond Jubilee - Carriage Procession And Balcony Appearance
The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Price Harry wave to the crowds from Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee carriage procession. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

The Jubilee Beacon Show

When is it? 4 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)

What is it? Over 1,500 beacons will be lit in communities in the U.K. and capitals across the commonwealth to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee. Further, one beacon will be lit in Buckingham Palace.

How to watch: BBC One and ABC News

Friday, June 3

National Service of Thanksgiving

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral for the Queens Diamond Jubilee in London on June 5, 2012. POOL / AFP via Getty Images

When is it? 4:15 a.m. ET (9:15 a.m. local time)

What is it? A service will be held for the queen at St Paul’s Cathedral. Based on prior years' order of service, the ceremony will include bible passages, prayers and hymns.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expected to be in attendance, per the Telegraph, making this their first appearance with all members of the royal family since "stepping back" from their royal duties in January 2020.

How to watch: BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Saturday, June 4

Platinum Party and Concert

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The Party at the Palace at the Golden Jubilee in 2002. Stefan Rousseau / PA Images via Getty Images

When is it?  2:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time)

What is it? After two days of ceremonial events, the first party of the Jubilee is happening!

This star-studded event has a huge list of performers. Queen and Adam Lambert will open the event — a nod to the 2002 Golden Jubilee, which saw Queen's Brian May playing "God Save the Queen" on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Also performing are Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli and Diana Ross, in her first U.K. concert in 15 years.

Elton John will have a pre-recorded performance. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda will figure into the events as well, as will David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet and Ellie Simmonds.

How to watch: 22,000 people will be at the concert — and it will air on BBC One and ABC News.

Sunday, June 5

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant

When is it?  9 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local)

What is it? The weekend culminates in a pageant looking back on the queen's 70 years on the throne. Performers, military personnel, workers and volunteers will all be part of this engagement.

How to watch: BBC One

Silver Jubilee Procession
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ride in an open carriage during the Silver Jubilee celebrations on June 7, 1977 in London.Anwar Hussein / Getty Images