Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Will the people of Birmingham be celebrating during the four-day bank holiday?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has brought an extra bank holiday - we’ve got a four day weekend coming up from Thursday June 5 to Sunday June 5 - but will everyone be celebrating?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner, giving everyone a much deserved four day weekend to do with whatever they please. But will Brummies spend that celebrating the Platinum Jubilee itself, and what are the modern perceptions of the Royal Family here in Birmingham?

Here’s what the people of Birmingham told BirminghamWorld when we hit the streets to find out. You can hear all the comments in our video, or read a selection below. Let us know what you think too!

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Beth says: “I don’t particularly like the Royal Family with the recent news. But if there’s a bank holiday, I’ll probably drink or we’ll both will be in a pub!”

Grace & Beth, Birmingham

Andy says: “I like the royal family, but I’m not an ardent Royalist, so I’ll probably just enjoy the time off. I’m glad the Queen’s been on the throne for 70 years, but I think I’ll probably be out walking in the countryside.”

Andy, Birmingham

Andrew says: “We’ll be celebrating here because it’s a momentous occasion. So it’s not just the time off, it’s something to enjoy and appreciate. She’s done a service. I don’t think she’ll get a gold watch, but she deserves one!”

Andrew, Birmingham

Roxy says: “I’ve got quite negative thoughts for the Royal Family. It’s just all a bit of rich people doing whatever they want. And I don’t really appreciate that. I think they’re very detached from reality. They don’t really know about the reality of what’s happening in their own country, and it kind of hurts me.”

Roxy, Birmingham

Tom says: “I work in the NHS. I don’t know if I’m working that day or not. However, I’m a big fan of the Royal Family. I support the crown, support the monarch and I look forward to enjoying those celebrations if I’m off work.”

Tom & Tom, Birmingham

Phil says: “I definitely will be celebrating it. In fact, I’ll be celebrating it there in Victoria Square because I’m hosting the four days of the Queen’s Jubilee! So I’m pleased to be a part of it with the West Midlands lieutenancy. I love the Queen. I love the Royal Family. They bring in a lot of tourism into our country. They’re great for economic impact. So I think it’s really important for our country.”

Phil Oldershaw, Birmingham

The Queen has made many visits to Birmingham, her first visit a year prior to her Coronation in 1952, and has since returned for such events as opening the NEC, the ICC, Millennium Point and New Street Station. The City will be hosting a range of events as part of the four day celebration of the Queen’s 70 years of service.

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