Queen Elizabeth II will soon become the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the the throne.
Her Majesty is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this year, which will involve several forms of celebrations. Firstly the royal will mark the occasion from May 12-15 with a 90-minute performance that will include the help of actors, musician, equestrians, performers and hundreds of horses.
There will also be a four-day Bank Holiday, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 in 2022. It means that the May bank holiday weekend in 2022 will be moved to Thursday June 2, instead of the usual Monday, and there will be an additional bank holiday on Friday June 3 to allow the nation to celebrate the occasion over a four-day weekend.
Announcing the news last June on the royal family’s official Twitter account, a spokesperson said: 'The weekend will provide an opportunity for communities across the UK to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.'
The record landmark will see the Queen become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having ascended to the throne at just 25-years-old in 1952.
Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June 2022 🎉
The weekend will provide an opportunity for communities across the UK to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. #HM70 #PlatinumJubilee pic.twitter.com/6undGfJoJH
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 2, 2021
How will the Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday be celebrated?
In a series of further tweets, plans for the four-day weekend were unveiled, including a number of public and community events, in addition to national moments of reflection in appreciation of the Queen's 70 years of service.
Events planned for the celebratory weekend include Trooping the Colour, lighting of the Platinum Jubilee Beacons, a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The Big Jubilee Lunch will also be revived, presenting an opportunity for communities to celebrate the milestone together, whether virtually, on a doorstep or in the street.
When will the Jubilee Bank Holiday events take place?
Thursday 2 June 2022 - The Queen’s Birthday Parade, commonly known as Trooping the Colour will take place, along with the lighting of the beacons - a long-standing British tradition used to mark Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations.
Beacons will be lit through the United Kingdom Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas UK territories to mark the occasion.
Friday 3 June 2022 - The service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral.
The BBC will also host the Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace, which will be a live concert. A ballot for the event will open in February.
Saturday 4 June 2022 - The Queen will celebrate with Royal Family members at the Derby in Epsom Downs, with a live concert at the place due to take place that evening.
Sunday 5 June 2022 - The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will take place, featuring 5,000 people from the UK and the Commonwealth performing around the area of Buckingham Palace. 'It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country', the Palace said. Sunday will also see communities participate in street parties as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch in celebration of her 70-year reign.
There will also be events held throughout the year, including the Queen's Green Canopy (involving garden lovers planting trees in honour of the Queen), and a Platinum Pudding competition (inviting UK residents over the age of eight to create a new pudding dedicated to the Queen). For the latter, five finalists will have their puddings judged by the likes of Dame Mary Berry, renowned chef Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace head chef Mark Flanagan.
Will we have a four-day bank holiday weekend after 2022?
We would not usually expect the four-day 2022 bank Holiday to carry to subsequent years, as was the case for her 2012 Diamond Jubilee.
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