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Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee

Friday, June 3, 2022

The virtual event begins at 2:00 PM EST

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The English-Speaking Union of the United States Celebrates

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee


Dr. E. Quinn Peeper, solo piano


Steven Ray Artists Jazz Band
The Queen's Suite
By Duke Ellington

Event Program

The event will feature a performance by our Chairman Dr. Quinn Peeper of Duke Ellington's The Queen's Suite, an album of six wonderful jazz pieces the Duke dedicated to Her Majesty after meeting her in 1958. The program also includes ESU's contributions to "The Queen's Green Canopy", artist Lorraine Villere discussing her Bluebell painting, an exclusive reading by the 2022 National Shakespeare Writing Program winner, a raffle, and more!

About the Performance

Duke Ellington composed The Queen's Suite in 1958 after meeting Queen Elizabeth during his
command performance for the Royal Family at the Leeds Festival. Upon his return to the U.S. he
wrote an album of six pieces dedicated to her. After recording the suite at Columbia Studios, he
felt that the album was too personal and refused to release it publicly. He reimbursed Columbia
Records for the production costs and gave the Queen the only copy, a master gold disc. No one
outside Ellington's inner circle knew of The Queen's Suite until two years after his death in 1974.
It was released posthumously and in 1976 won a Grammy.

With thanks to all registrants to the postponed ESU Gala in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal for their support and patience while we work with Her Royal Highness' office on rescheduling the event.

Contribute to the Event!

Join in on the celebration by sharing a photo or video toasting the Queen or planting a tree as part of the "Queen's Green Canopy". Submitted media will be shared with all attendees during the June 3rd event. Please submit no later than Monday, May 30th.

Submit Here!


Submission Guidelines:

  • Photographs submitted should be under 1GB.
  • Videos submitted should be no longer than 2 minutes.

Purchase tickets for the raffle!

Enter for a chance to win a haul of commemorative goodies! Two grand prizes will be awarded!

An official Jubilee Mug, an array of books by ESU Wrench Speakers, the ESU Cenntenial scarf and pocket square, official vintage Royal memorabilia from the ESU's personal collection, among other things!

Tickets are $75!

Purchase Raffle Tickets Here!