Wessexes meet Queen's neighbours at Big Jubilee Lunch

Prince Edward and Sophie join the street party: Earl and Countess of Wessex meet neighbours of the Queen at an 800-metre Big Jubilee Lunch on Windsor Castle’s Long Walk

  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined a huge ‘long lunch’ on Windsor Castle’s Long Walk on Sunday June 5
  • Prince Edward and his wife Sophie walked along the line of picnic tables to speak with enthusiastic revellers 
  • Around 3,000 people attended the lunch, sitting at a line of 488 picnic tables that measured 800 metres long 
  • Millions gathered across the UK for 85,000 Big Lunches on the fourth day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations
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The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined thousands of the Queen’s neighbours for a huge ‘long lunch’ on the Long Walk outside the gates of Windsor Castle on the final day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Around 3,000 people, mainly from Windsor and surrounding areas attended the lunch, sitting at a line of 488 picnic tables that measured 800 metres long, making it the largest street party in the UK over the four-day festive period.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie walked along the long line of picnic tables to speak with enthusiastic revellers, who did not let the gloomy weather dampen their spirits.

Decked out in red, white and blue clothing, Union Jack hats and waving pictures of the Queen, picnic goers braved the windy weather and overcast skies to commemorate her 70 years on the throne.

They had to bring their own food and munched on sandwiches, crisps and even roast dinners as they sipped an assortment of drinks, from quintessential British tea to champagne as they watched the Jubilee Pageant on giant screens that had been erected on the Long Walk.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined thousands of the Queen’s neighbours for a massive ‘long lunch’ on the Long Walk outside the gates of Windsor Castle on the final day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex (centre left) and Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, (centre right) pose for a photo with attendees of the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5

Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, meets people taking part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Familiar face: Prince Edward points at a cardboard cutout of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II as he interacts with people taking part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk

The Countess of Wessex is seen during the Big Jubilee Lunch with members of the local community seated at ‘The Long Table’ on The Long Walk, Windsor Castle

Sophie, Countess of Wessex looked graceful in green as she spoke to a young girl in a makeshift crown during the event in honour of the Queen

Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex is seen during the Big Jubilee Lunch with members of the local community

She spoke to a number of Children in cardboard crowns as she appeared at the event in a white jumpsuit and emerald green blazer

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex speaks with people as they take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

W8media Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex arrive on the long walk in Windsor on the jubilee celebration weekend

Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, pets a dog as people take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

W8media Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex arrive on the long walk in Windsor on the jubilee celebration weekend

The royal couple appeared in good spirits as they were mobbed by excited picnic goers as they strolled along the Long Walk.

The picnic got underway at 1pm with Prince Edward and Sophie arriving an hour later.

Both spent more than an hour talking about the Platinum Jubilee, the picnic and what people were eating.

Sophie said the Queen was ‘fine I think but I’ve not seen her today’.

After making their way along the Long Walk’s ‘long picnic’ the Royal couple were then treated to a performance by children of a song specially written for the Platinum Jubilee.

Around 3,000 people, mainly from Windsor and surrounding areas attended the lunch, sitting at a line of 488 picnic tables that measured 800 metres long, making it the largest street party in the UK over the four-day festive period

People dressed in outfits with a Union Jack theme share a laugh as they take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, June 5

Henry, a cavapoo breed, dressed in an outfit with a Union Jack rests as people take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk

Decked out in red, white and blue clothing, Union Jack hats and waving pictures of the Queen, picnic goers braved the windy weather and overcast skies to commemorate her 70 years on the throne

Thousands of others not lucky enough to win tickets for seats at the picnic tables, which were allocated via a ballot and given out for free, laid out their own blankets nearby as they joined in with the festivities.

Organisers claimed that the 800-metre-long line of picnic tables was not an official world record as they were not laid out in one continuous line and had small breaks between them.

Lisa Hunt, event manager said: ‘We could have gone for the world record but that’s not what this picnic is about.

‘It’s amazing that so many people have come out to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It just shows you how we feel about her. It’s our way of saying thank you for her devoted services. This is a big thank you from the local community to Her Majesty but the whole country feels the same way.’

Despite the poor weather overnight volunteers and council officials prepared the tables on Sunday June 5 that stretch down the long walk in Windsor great park in direct eye sight of her majesty the queen on her jubilee celebration weekend

Members of the local community participate in the Big Jubilee Lunch at ‘The Long Table’ on The Long Walk, Windsor Castle, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

They had to bring their own food and munched on sandwiches, crisps and even roast dinners as they sipped an assortment of drinks, from quintessential British tea to champagne as they watched the Jubilee Pageant on giant screens that had been erected on the Long Walk

A royal fan wearing in Union flag dress and boots attends the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor, west of London, on June 5 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations

A police officer rides on a horse draped with a Union Jack flag as people take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk

People dressed in outfits with a Union Jack theme and masks depicting Queen Elizabeth II gather around a picnic table as they take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk

People wearing costumes of kings and queens dine next a picnic table as they take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch

There were many regal costumes as Brits embraced the fourth day of celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Revellers were entertained by street performers and singers as they partied through the afternoon.

On Saturday, around 50,000 people attended a free, open air party along the Long Walk, the iconic three-mile-long avenue that leads up to Windsor Castle.

Debbie Reynolds gushed: ‘It’s been a fantastic couple of days. We live nearby and it’s fantastic that the Queen has allowed us to celebrate in what effectively is her back garden.

‘I’ve got lots of food and drink and am just soaking in the atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if the weather’s not great because we are British and we don’t let that affect us.’

Lisa Hunt, event manager said: ‘We could have gone for the world record but that’s not what this picnic is about. ‘It’s amazing that so many people have come out to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It just shows you how we feel about her. It’s our way of saying thank you for her devoted services. This is a big thank you from the local community to Her Majesty but the whole country feels the same way’

Bunting and balloons adorned the tables that made up the largest street party in the UK over the four-day festive period

People set up the tables for the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations

Rani Singh, who was seated at table with friends and neighbours said: ‘It’s been a great four days and really wonderful to see all of Britain’s diverse communities taking part in these celebrations’

Josh Simons who was at the picnic with his family said: ‘This is a great coming together of the whole nation. It’s been fantastic to be in Windsor over the last couple of days and all the community has come together to celebrate with our very famous neighbour.

‘The Queen is at the heart of Windsor and Britain. We are proud to be part of this town and show the world what this great country is all about.’

Rani Singh, who was seated at table with friends and neighbours said: ‘It’s been a great four days and really wonderful to see all of Britain’s diverse communities taking part in these celebrations.

‘We live in Windsor and feel honoured that we’ve got a famous neighbour like the Queen. We’re lucky to have her, she’s done a wonderful job over the past 70 years.’

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