We'll be getting an extra bank holiday, thanks to the Queen

Emily Gulla
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

We all need a bit of good news right now, don't we? And if you're after something to look forward to, then how about an extra four-day-long bank holiday weekend? Well, you'll be waiting until 2022, but still, a day (or four) off is exciting, right?

The long weekend is all thanks to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which is when she'll be celebrating 70 years on the throne.

The actual anniversary of the Queen's coronation will be on 6th February 2022, but the Platinum Jubilee celebrations are set to take place over a four-day bank holiday weekend from 2nd to 5th June 2022.

The Platinum Jubilee is thought to be a "once-in-a-generation show", with the culture secretary calling it a "truly historic moment" and a "celebration to remember". Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace have revealed, "The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations."

The Queen became the longest-reigning British monarch in 2015, when she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's reign, so achieving 70 years on the throne will be a first.

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Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images

However, while it's a four-day weekend, we're actually only getting one extra day off. The May Spring Bank Holiday, usually at the end of the month, will be moved to Thursday 2nd June, with Friday 3rd June becoming an extra bank holiday.

The reason behind the Jubilee's move to June (rather than the Queen's actual coronation date in February) is simply down to June having better weather for celebrations than February - and the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 also took place in June.

It's also thought to be down to the fact that the Queen began her reign on the day her father, King George VI died, and she's thought to not want to celebrate on the day of his death.

Other members of the Royal family are also thought to be taking part in the Jubilee, and we'll see celebrations happening throughout the run up to the weekend.

Well, that's one thing to look forward to!

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