While the Luton Carnival was taking place in the town center, hundreds of people also held their own events.
The Bangladesh Youth League and Crescent Summer School Project hosted a multicultural themed garden party at their Center for Youth and Community Development on Leagrave Road – featuring a variety of cultural music and arts performances, ethnic food stalls and children’s entertainment.
The decoration included flags of the 54 Commonwealth nations.
A spokesman for the organizers of the event said: “Together with the professional performers from different communities, our children from Rongdhonu Bangla School, Little Star Pre-school and Luton Irish Forum put on spectacular performances to showcase their talent and give the audience an eventful entertainment to provide guests that day.”
Luton, Cllr Mayor Sameera Saleem praised the exhibit created by the youth.
She said: “Luton is a multicultural city with great diversity. Today’s program here is a true reflection of that.”
The event attracted nearly 1,000 people throughout the day.
Youngsters from Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton invited families to a Very Royal Tea Party where they enjoyed a selection of homemade treats and entered a charity raffle to raise funds for Bliss and to support premature or sick babies.
And they wrote a congratulatory letter to Her Majesty, which was answered by the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, thanking the children for their well wishes.
Gemma Bell, Assistant Manager at Seabrook Day Care, said: “We had a great time commemorating this special event in history and it was incredible for the children to have a response from Buckingham Palace. We were thrilled to have parents come to this special tea party and this provided a fantastic opportunity to teach them about British history and a broader understanding of the world.”
Residents at Caddington Grove care home in Dunstable enjoyed their own version of a royal street party.
Wellness and Lifestyle Coach Claire O’Neill said: “It has been wonderful to hear people’s thoughts and memories of the Queen over the years and to see the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace was a joy for all of us huge thrill.”
Priory Gardens in Dunstable had a large screen on which residents could watch the special ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ concert, broadcast live by the BBC.
And almost 30 streets were closed for street parties to mark the day.