Kingston's Jubilee events and activities

Queen Elizabeth II
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Coronation Stone Ceremony and Jubilee Trail

Guildhall, High Street, KT1 1EU

The Mayor of Kingston will participate in a civic ceremony, in May (date tbc) to unveil the restoration of the Coronation Stone along with new interpretation boards.

More information on the re-presenting of the Coronation Stone is on the Kingston Heritage website


Remembering the Coronation: Community Library Service

The Community Library Service are working with residents to add stories to the book they created last year, with the storyteller Richard Neville. It is called ‘Life itself is a story’. 

The Community Library Service are also adding items about the Queen’s coronation to the Memory Boxes. Some items have been donated by members of the public. The Memory Boxes have been created for residents with the assistance of Anstee Bridge students who decorated the boxes as part of their creative learning programme.


Kingston Heritage Service: Kids of Kingston - Design Competition

Deadline - Saturday 21 May

Age categories under 11 to 16.

Join our competition to design new commemorative-ware to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Your design could take pride of place next to Kingston Museum’s many historic pieces celebrating the borough’s special connection to royalty. Design a cup, a plate or even a tea towel using any media.

Take a photo of your design (jpg format, no larger than 5MB) stating your name and age and send by Saturday 21 May to [email protected]


A special talk and walk to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal London Talk - 17 May 2022 - Hook Centre - 3.30pm-5.30pm

  • This talk will be presented by Mr Tim Kidd, an expert Blue Badge Guide of London and tutor with Kingston Adult Education.  
  • It will cover the whole history of the monarchy's relationship with London, beginning with Alfred the Great in the City of London, in the 9th century.  

Royal London Walk - 18 May 2022 - London - 3.30pm -5.30pm

  • The walk will concentrate on the Westminster area, only.
  •  It will begin at Westminster underground station and will end, appropriately, at Buckingham Palace.

Email [email protected] for a booking form.  

Cost of both talk and walk - £35


Creative Writing Commemorating the Platinum Jubilee 

Where: Hook Centre 

Date: 23 May 2022 -17 June 2022

A free exhibition of learners’ work from Kingston Adult Education’s Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing classes.  Short stories, poems and tales celebrating  and commemorating the Platinum Jubilee. No need booking needed, open to all.


Art Exhibition - Art Inspired by the Platinum Jubilee

Where: Hook Centre

Date: 23 May to 17 June 

A free art exhibition produced by learners from Kingston Adult Education learners based at Surbiton Hall.  There is a variety of work from learners across all art classes using different mediums specifically designed and inspired to celebrate the Jubilee. No booking needed, open to all.


In Royal Fashion: Picturing Queen Elizabeth II

Where: Kingston Museum Gallery

Date: Thursday 26 May

Time: 6.30pm

Inspired by Arthur Pan’s portrait of Elizabeth II, in full regalia on 7 April 1964, Granting the Charter to the Newly Created London Borough of Kingston upon Thames in the collection of the Kingston Heritage Service, this talk will explore how the royal portraiture of Queen Elizabeth II has evolved from the 1950s until her Platinum Jubilee.

Dr Ruth Brimacombe is the Learning and Engagement Officer at Kingston Museum and a British portrait specialist, who previously worked at the National Portrait Gallery, London as Collections Curator 19th Century. Booking details to follow shortly.


Vintage Jubilee Lunch (invitation only)

Members of the Community Library Service and volunteers will be guests of honour at this special celebratory Platinum Jubilee lunch on Friday 27 May. Transport will be provided to enable less mobile residents the opportunity to enjoy food, music and entertainment at the Rose Theatre. 


Families Create: Community Bunting

Where: Kingston Library

Date: Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May

Time: 10am to 4pm on each day.  Free drop-in activity.  No booking required.

This is a family activity for children under 10 years old with an adult.  All items created will be added to the final piece.
Join artist Archie O’Neill from Creative Youth to create your own fabric flag!  Families can come and design a flag representing a topic or theme that means something to them, and hang their piece on our collaborative 'Kingston Community Bunting'.

The artwork created in these drop-in workshops will be featured in Creative Youth and the Community Brain's forthcoming Jubilee Community Art Exhibition from Thursday 16th June to Sunday 19th June. 


A Right Royal (not-so-pub) Quiz

Where: Online

Date: Tuesday 31 May

Time: 7pm

  • Join us for an online "not-so-pub" quiz live on Facebook on Tuesday 31 May at 7pm.
  • Create a team of up to 4 people and try to answer the questions about the last 70 years of British History under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • To participate, find our Facebook Page "Kingston Library Service
  • If you can't participate in the live event, you will still be able to play the quiz until Wednesday 1 June at 7pm by watching the replay video on our Youtube channel

Ebook Collection

Do you want to learn more about the Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth II? You can download ebooks, audio books and e-magazines for free with your library card. Discover our selection online


Lighting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon

Location: On the River Thames Boat Project's boat

Date:Thursday 2 June, 9.45pm

The Mayor of Kingston will be lighting the borough’s Jubilee Beacon as part of the nation’s celebration to light up the UK and the Commonwealth.


Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Party

Where: Jubilee Square (Cocks Crescent)

Date: Saturday 4 June

Time: 11am to 5pm

New Malden Town Centre Partnership

At Jubilee Square in New Malden, there will be dancing, activities, music, singing, laughter and delicious food stalls. Please join us at this free event for all. More information from www.newmaldenpartnership.com


Global Voices Local Places: Kingston's Community Art Exhibition

Where: Not My Beautfiul House, Kingston

Date: 16 June to 19 September

The Community Brain and Creative Youth will be co-curating ‘Global Voices Local Places’, a community art exhibition exploring how The Commonwealth has shaped Kingston.
This exhibition positions the Jubilee as a moment for reflection. By collaborating with local people who have personal, familial or cultural connections to The Commonwealth nations, we will use this historic occasion to celebrate Kingston’s diversity. Free entry.


Coronations and Jubilees: from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

Where: Kingston History Centre

Date: 26 May to 27 August

Exhibition of items from the borough archive collections illustrating the different ways coronations and jubilees have been celebrated in Kingston from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

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