Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022: Holiday dates and planned weekend events

The nation will help Queen Elizabeth II celebrate 70 years on the throne in June.

Her Majesty is the longest reigning British monarch and will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. To mark this historic event, the UK organizes a wide range of public events, including parades, street parties and an additional bank holiday.

Across the UK, millions are expected to gather with family, friends and neighbors to mark the special occasion. Some events have already started and others will take place later this summer.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, both locally and nationally.

When is the public holiday?

The Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday will be Friday, June 3, the day after the Spring Bank Holiday on Thursday, June 2. That means most Brits will be able to enjoy a four-day weekend.

The Royal Family’s official website said: “A special extended Bank Holiday weekend will provide an opportunity for communities and people across the UK to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. On February 6 this year , Her Majesty The Queen has become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth.

“To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The four days of Celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service.”

What events are taking place nationwide on Platinum Jubilee weekend?

Thursday, June 2

  • Color Parade: The Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place on Thursday June 2, 2022, from 11am. The color will be flown by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and over 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will display a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, along with hundreds of army musicians and approximately 240 horses. This annual event now marks the official birthday of the British sovereign for over 260 years.
  • Platinum Jubilee Tags: The UK’s long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons will continue for the Platinum Jubilee. The main lighthouse, involving the Tree of Trees (a 21m-tall “tree” made up of 350 smaller trees), will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace at 9 p.m.

Friday, June 3

  • Thanksgiving Service: A service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Big Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will ring for the service – this is the 1st royal occasion it will be rung.

Saturday June 4

  • The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
  • Platinum evening at the Palace: Hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace and will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Network. The celebration will see famous faces from the entertainment world come together to perform in a night of musical tributes to celebrate the Jubilee.

Sunday June 5

  • The Great Jubilee Breakfast: More than 60,000 Britons will come together to hold events ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to garden barbecues and everything in between. More than ten million people across the UK are expected to join in the celebrations to share friendship, food and fun at the Big Jubilee Lunches as part of this national act of community friendship.
  • The Platinum Jubilee Contest: The Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort, will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, embracing the latest digital technologies to evoke the excitement and majesty of its journey to be crowned 70 years ago. The Pageant will bring iconic moments from the Queen’s reign to life and showcase the evolution of our society over the past 70 years. 10,000 people are involved, including the military, over 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the general public.

What events are happening locally on the Platinum Jubilee weekend?

There will be many events and activities celebrating the Jubilee across the British Commonwealth and beyond in the months leading up to the special extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022. Liverpool have planned some of their own events .

  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Concert – Platinum Jubilee – The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the platinum jubilee of its patron the Queen, in this celebratory concert featuring Elgar’s moving Cello Concerto and works by Frank Bridge and Vaughan Williams. Andrew Manze conducts with cellist Nicolas Altstaedt who joins the Orchestra. The concert takes place at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on May 31. Tickets from £19.

To see if there are events near you or how to get involved, please visit the Events page on the Jubilee website.

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