The Royal Family Just Announced There's A New Four-Day Bank Holiday Coming In 2022

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II is marking the anniversary of her coronation today. However, plans for 2022's celebrations are already in motion, details of which were revealed today by Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 in 2022, creating an extra bank holiday next year. 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 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.

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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.

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.

Will we have a four-day bank holiday weekend after 2022?

At the moment the four-day bank holiday has only been confirmed for 2022. However, we would not usually expect this to carry to subsequent years, as was the case for her 2012 Diamond Jubilee.

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