The British people will enjoy an extra bank holiday in 2022 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2nd June while an additional bank holiday will be granted on Friday 3rd June resulting in a four-day “blockbuster” of celebrations to mark The Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
The Queen reached 69 years on the throne on 6th February 2021 meaning that she is now less than one year away from marking her Platinum Jubilee. While the 6th February marks the day she became Queen, official celebrations will take place in June.
It is expected that there will be a packed programme of events and these will be announced in due course. Events are also dependent on the progress of the Coronavirus pandemic – however England is set to loosen all restrictions on 21st June 2021 so the likelihood that the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be impacted is quite low.
As with previous jubilees, street parties are expected to form a huge part of the events across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Green Canopy will launch in May 2021 and will encourage people to plant a tree for the Platinum Jubilee.
Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, said, “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember. We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology. It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”
Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II on 6th February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI. This will be the fourth big Jubilee that Her Majesty has celebrated; Silver Jubilee in 1977, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
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