Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest serving monarch, celebrates her 70-year anniversary on the throne this year. Starting Thursday, people across the U.K. will participate in national festivities stretching over two public holidays and a weekend to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee. The U.K., and indeed much of the rest of the world, has changed dramatically since…

Parades, Pageants, and Afternoon Tea: The History of Britain’s Royal Jubilee Celebrations