President Robbyn Wacker, Associate Vice President for International Studies Shahzad Ahmad, and other representatives from St. Cloud State University had an exclusive opportunity to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration last June because of our decades long relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland via our Alnwick location.
Wacker, Ahmad, and others were invited to take part in the weekend celebration in the Commonwealth of Nations, a celebration that marked the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. The weekend celebration provided an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom and the globe to come together and celebrate the historic milestone.
Among the events that took place throughout the weekend, St. Cloud State was invited to join the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, an event that tells the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign and included performers, donors of the Jubilee and a select amount of people from the general public.
During the Pageant, attendees networked and built international partnerships while also celebrating the official launch of the only official book published for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, “Her Majesty The Queen: The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album,” a souvenir publication that features images from throughout The Queen’s 70-year reign, exclusive content on the Pageant itself, and more.
St. Cloud State is one of the roughly 40 universities and educational institutions from around the world included in the book, highlighting St. Cloud State’s study abroad program at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. St. Cloud State at Alnwick offers one of the most unique education abroad opportunities where students get a chance to live and take classes inside the castle while experiencing life-enriching opportunities in England.
After the Platinum Jubilee Pageant and the Jubilee celebration, Wacker, Ahmad and others visited Alnwick Castle, meeting with students, staff, and a community group there taking part in the summer program through the University.