A network of flaming tributes to the Queen will stretch throughout the country on Thursday, here are the ones on your doorstep in Berkshire.

Beacons marking the Platinum Jubilee will be lit at 9.45 pm sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, along with the tops of the UK’s four highest peaks.

The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.

The principal beacon outside the Palace – a 21-metre-tall Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminated by a senior member of the royal family, and images will be projected on to the Palace.

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The history of jubilee beacons

Lighting beacons to celebrate Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations is a long-held tradition.

The flaming displays might appear on top of mountains, church and cathedral towers, castle battlements, on town and village greens, country estates, parks and farms, along beaches and on cliff tops.

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In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

On Thursday, there are four types of beacons being lit:

  • A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottle gas
  • A beacon brazier with a metal shield
  • A bonfire beacon
  • Bishops Frome Strawman

Platinum Jubilee beacons in Berkshire

Reading Chronicle: Lewis Wilde tests of one of the gas-fuelled beacons he has made which will be used to signal the start of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Picture: PALewis Wilde tests of one of the gas-fuelled beacons he has made which will be used to signal the start of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Picture: PA


  • Warfield Parish Council – Cabbage Hill
  • Bracknell Forest Council – Bond Square
  • Copper Horse. Windsor Great Park
  • Binfield Parish Council – Foxley Field, Binfield
  • Highclere Castle
  • Wraysbury Parish Council
  • Datchet Parish Council – Jubilee Green, Datchet
  • Seven Barrows Ltd – Faringdon Road Grass Gallops, Ferringdon
  • Cookham Parish Council, Cookham
  • Walbury Hill, Inkpen
  • Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council – Victory Field, Sunninghill, Ascot
  • Thatcham Town Council
  • Thatcham
  • Peasemore Village Committee – Peasemore
  • Brimpton Parish Council – Brimpton Village Hall, Brimpton
  • Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council – Donnington Castle – Donnington, Newbury
  • West Ilsley Jubilee Committee – The Ridgeway, West Ilsley
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – High Street, Hurley, Maidenhead
  • Aldermaston Parish Council – Church Road, opposite to St Mary's Church, Aldermaston
  • Bray Parish Council – Village Green, Bray
  • East Ilsley Parish Council – Car Park of the Crown and Horns Public House, East Ilsley
  • Chieveley Jubilee Planning Committee – Chieveley Recreation Ground, Chieveley
  • Hurst Parish Council, Hurst. Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council – Mortimer Common, Mortimer
  • Reading Borough Council – Abbey Ruins- Abbot's Walk, Reading.
  • Sonning Parish Council – King George V Field, Sonning
  • Newbury Town Council – Victoria Park, Newbury
  • Chaddleworth, Nr Newbury – Corner of Heads Farm Down Pasture
  • Sonning Common Parish Council – The Butchers Arms, Sonning Common, Reading, Berkshire
  • Boxford Community Council – The White Hart, Boxford. 
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee – Cambridge Gate, Long Walk, Windsor