Jubilee beacons at sites around the UK celebrate Queen Elizabeth II

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LONDON – To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee, marking 70 years since her accession to the throne, her subjects lit up the British Isles in good fashion.

On Thursday night, just after dark, an estimated 3,500 lighthouses caught fire, reimagining and re-purposed torch relays once they were deployed in England to warn of a possible invasion – from the Vikings in 793, the Spanish fleet in 1588 or Napoleon in 1803 .

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, more than 3,200 lighthouses will be lit across the British Isles. (Video: The Washington Post)

Beginning at 9:45 p.m. in the agricultural fields and royal estates, above the castle walls and town halls, a party caught fire that exploited the old ways.

If Henry VIII had heard news of the lighting of his string of beacons, he would have mustered his armies to the coast to meet the French in battle.

Before? Beacons indicated a terrible emergency.

Currently? It’s a huge celebration.

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Thursday’s jubilee celebrations also included an elaborate military parade of the Colored Forces in London, which the Queen watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, the palace said she had experienced “some discomfort” and that she would be withdrawing from the church’s Thanksgiving service on Friday. But she still attended the lighthouse-lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle, now her main residence, on Thursday night.

Many of the thousands of lighthouses were old fashioned bonfires – some huge, some modest. Others were kindled in medieval-style censers or gas stoves mounted on tall poles.

Few of them were arty – to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, in line with the green agenda. in hospital In Manchester, welders have created a lighthouse sculpture resembling a giant crown, made from old hospital beds, illuminated by blue lasers.

The old school fire, which he lit Farmer’s guardsThe walls of the Tower of London lit up. Flames can be seen in the night sky at the Queen’s Estates Sandringham and Balmoral in Norfolk and Scotland, and at Windsor Castle as well.

Beacons are lit by revelers at a Hindu temple in London, in Winston Churchill’s birthplace in Blenheim Palace And in the seventeenth century Tan Hill Inn In the Yorkshire Dales, Britain’s tallest pub.

Organizers had hoped the flames would be visible on the UK’s four highest peaks, as climbers using gas-fired copper climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

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The Platinum Jubilee is also celebrated in the capitals of the 53 Commonwealth countries, which lit their fires – although some of these countries have nothing to do with the Queen and Britain.

“It will be an incredible, unprecedented, and international spectacle,” Jubilee competition director Bruno Beck told the Washington Post before the ceremony.

The ritual was appropriate, Peek said: “The Queen has been a beacon to us, relentless in her service, and so we wish to show our appreciation.”

There were 51 points of light along Hadrian’s Wall73 miles of defensive structures stretching from east to west across England, built 1,900 years ago on the orders of the Roman emperor.

“There is nothing quite like a massive fire to take people out,” said Jeez Light, master of Hadrian’s Wall Lighthouse. “Fire is racist – it speaks to people.”

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He was running the show at Caufieldsa Victorian quarry dug along Hadrian’s Wall, where three archers dressed as Roman soldiers fired flaming arrows at a giant pile of fire perched on a raft in the quarry lake.

“This will be the final jubilee of the Queen’s reign and this is a message of thanks,” he said.

In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, the lighthouses celebrated the silver, gold, and diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Stuart BrooksFire beacons have been deployed for centuries in England, certainly by the Anglo-Saxons in the ninth century to warn residents of the continuing invasions of the Vikings, a lecturer in medieval archeology at University College London, said.

“It was a fully developed system of communications by the late Middle Ages,” he said, describing the basic message as “Run for the hills or rally your armies.”

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Archaeological evidence of older lighthouses is scarce. Early fire signs may have been drawn to some of the same hilltops that the Bronze Age people sought for their religious sites and settlements.

But place names also tell the story, Brooks said, like “Beacon Hill.”

A famous street in London called Tottenham Court Road. In Old English, “spurs” meant “house of the lighthouse”.

The archaeologist said these things go way back.