Dorset Council and Swanage City Council team up to light the beacon

One of thousands of lit beings across the UK and Commonwealth, the Beacon is part of the official program announced by Buckingham Palace for Jubilee Weekend.

The lighthouse will be lit at Durlston Castle in Swanage on Thursday June 2, and it will be one of more than 2,022 lit by charities, communities and church groups across the UK.

Residents are invited to join in the celebrations at Durlston Castle and are encouraged to bring a picnic. Hot and cold drinks will be available for purchase. MoreBus will provide an evening service.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the lighting of the main beacon will take place at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections on the facade of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way to participate in beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes.

Timeline of many Beacons lighting, although events may change in some places

  • At 2 p.m., hundreds of town criers and 50 pearly kings and queens will announce a specially written proclamation announcing the lighting of the beacons later in the day.
  • At 9.35pm local time, across the UK and the Commonwealth, traditional and Northumbrian pipers and pipers will play Diu Regnare, a unique piece specially written for the occasion by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, World’s Best Piper .
  • At 9.40pm, buglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and Commonwealth capitals will officially announce the lighting of beacons with a specially written bugle call, titled Majesty.
  • Then to 9:45 p.m. exactly on local time, and to coincide with the lighting of beacons, community choirs from all nations will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which was written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacons and associated activities were designed and curated by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and his dedicated team.

More information on what’s happening in Dorset for Jubilee weekend can be found on the Dorset Council website.

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