• Queen Elizabeth II doesn't like being the focus of public attention, a report says
  • The monarch, however, recognizes that anniversaries like her Platinum Jubilee are moments for people to "come together"
  • Royal historian Robert Lacey said people treat these royal anniversaries as "milestones in their own lives"

Queen Elizabeth II doesn't enjoy being in the spotlight but embraces her milestone celebrations because she knows they serve a purpose, according to a report.

The monarch, 95, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne this year and gearing up for the long weekend of public events in June celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

"She's not someone who directly enjoys the limelight, but she recognizes these anniversaries are moments for people and communities to come together," an unnamed source told People.

Events such as the Queen's upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations serve as "a big thank-you moment," according to the insider.

Royal historian Robert Lacey, meanwhile, noted that celebrations such as those for the Queen's 70th year on the throne "embody the emotional and spiritual elements of the monarchy and what it means to peoples' hearts."

"People feel them as milestones in their own lives too," he explained.

The planned festivities for the British monarch's Platinum Jubilee include Trooping the Colour (the annual celebration of the Queen's birthday), the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee beacons, a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral, the Derby at Epsom Downs, a live concert called "Platinum Party at the Palace," the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

There will also be a giant slide installed at the Tower of London as part of an impressive floral display. A carnival featuring 5,000 performers and a dragon float the size of an iconic red bus will be held in London as well.

The major Platinum Jubilee celebrations will begin on June 2 and will continue over the weekend until June 5.

Queen Elizabeth became monarch when she was just 25 following the sudden passing of her father, King George VI.

She became the longest-ruling monarch in British history in 2015, when she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who spent 63 years and 216 days on the throne.

Earlier this year, the Royal Mint unveiled a 50 pence coin with artwork depicting the Queen riding a horse to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee. The monarch approved the design because it represents her "fondness for nature," according to the BBC.

It was the first time a collectible 50 pence coin has been minted to celebrate a royal event.

"Designed by esteemed artists and made with original craftsmanship, Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee coins are enduring pieces of art that will be collected, cherished and passed down for generations," Clare Maclennan, divisional director of The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales, told the BBC.

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