Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: When is the long bank holiday weekend?

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The queen will celebrate 70 years on the throne in style (Image: Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2022 is quite a year for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Not only is he turning 96 today, April 21, but also 70 years have passed since he assumed the throne.

That means many will start to get excited about the upcoming Platinum Jubilee weekend, which will be the country’s ‘biggest ever’ celebration.

The event, which marks Her Majesty’s historic reign, is expected to be even bigger than Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and could be seen by more than a billion people around the world.

At the center of it all will be a four-day bank holiday, giving people a chance to join in the celebrations and enjoy a well-deserved break from work.

That will move the usual spring bank holiday from its usual day in May, but when will the Platinum Jubilee weekend take place and what celebrations can you expect?

Here are the key dates to do on your agenda.

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When is the queen’s platinum jubilee?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend will take place between From Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, 2022.

The queen in her diamond jubilee carriage.

The celebrations are expected to be even larger than the diamond jubilee events (Image: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)

Thursdays and Fridays are official holidays, with the former date replacing the usual spring holiday, which is normally the last Monday in May.

Friday June 3 is an additional Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

Although Saturday and Sunday will not be public holidays, they will be packed with events to commemorate the momentous occasion.

Although the actual date of Her Majesty’s Jubilee is February 6, 2022, the actual celebrations will take place months later.

This is because summer naturally offers a better chance of good weather.

Full list of dates for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Here are the key Platinum Jubilee celebration dates you’ll want to save:

  • January 10: The Platinum Pudding Contest begins. Members of the public are invited to create a plate to be dedicated to the Queen’s reign.
  • May 12 to 15: Over 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show at Windsor Castle, taking audiences on a journey through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
  • June 2nd: Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit at over 1,500 locations across the UK and Commonwealth, with Trooping the Color taking place in full for the first time since the pandemic. More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will participate. Tickets are available to the public from mid-January here.
  • 3 of June: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign which will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • June 4: Don’t put away your New Year’s dress just yet: There will be a platinum party at Buckingham Palace, where members of the public will be invited to apply to attend a live concert. No artists have been named yet, but there is widespread speculation that the event will feature a host of big music stars. The vote for UK residents to secure tickets will be launched in February.
  • 5th June: People from all over the country will be invited to sit together for the Jubilee Big Luncheon, with block parties all over the UK. There will also be a Platinum Jubilee Competition, which will see 5,000 people from the UK and Commonwealth performing in the Buckingham Palace area.
  • July: Three exhibitions will be held at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, coronation and jubilees. It will include portraits as well as the jewelry and outfits worn for each occasion. The dates have not yet been revealed.

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