THE nation will celebrate 2022’s historic Platinum Jubilee with a UK-wide bake-off to create a dessert dedicated to Her Maj.
It is hoped the winning pud, judged by Mary Berry, will be as loved as the Victoria Sponge, named after Queen Vic.
A contest, dubbed Bake Orf, has been launched to create a pud to become a national treasure like Coronation Chicken, devised when she took the throne in 1952.
The winning recipe will be sampled by the Queen and devoured at parties nationwide.
Dame Mary, 86, will taste test with TV cook Monica Galetti and the Queen’s chef Mark Flanagan.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be panel chair for this exciting competition to make the perfect pudding for the Queen. I hope everyone who enters has lots of fun.”
A royal source said: “The British public and the Queen both love their cake. There is no better way to mark her 70th year on the throne than a pudding that will stand the test of time.
“Britain has a proud history of cake-making and many of us have turned to baking during the pandemic so I don’t think judges will be short of recipes.”
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Anyone over the age of eight can enter with a pud before February 4. Five finalists will then take part in a live “bake off” in March at the Fortnum & Mason store near Buckingham Palace.
Brits get a four-day holiday in June to mark the jubilee.
The Queen, 95, remains at Windsor Castle after last year’s health scare.
To enter go to fortnumandmason.com/platinum-pudding.
Thursday June 2
TROOPING the Colour starts from Buckingham Palace and travels down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade. The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1,200 troops from the Household Division will put on a display followed by an RAF fly-past. Over 1,500 cities, towns and villages across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man plus UK overseas territories will light a beacon. They will also be lit in the capitals of each Commonwealth country, with one also set up at Buckingham Palace
Friday June 3
SERVICE of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. The Royal Family’s website says further events will be announced later.
Saturday June 4
BBC Platinum Party at the Palace, where “some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars” will play a live concert to members of the public at Buckingham Palace. A live screening of the gig will also be available in Sandringham’s Royal Parkland, Norfolk, which will be free to the public. Balmoral’s grounds, in Aberdeenshire, will also be open over the weekend for keen royalists.
Sunday June 5
STREET parties will be held across the country, with more than 1,400 registering to host a Big Jubilee Lunch and more than 200,000 other events expected to be held. Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen’s reign in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see a River Of Hope — made up of 200 silk flags — make its way along London’s Mall.
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