Britain will have an additional four-day bank holiday next summer to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
2022 will be Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne – and Buckingham Palace has now confirmed that June 2-5 will see a series of events to celebrate this unprecedented milestone.
She will be the first sovereign to rule for seven decades, and will be 96 by the time she reaches the landmark, Mirror reports.
The Queen actually came to the throne on February 6, 1952, the date of the death of King George VI.
On Twitter, the royal family’s official account said: “The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, taking the throne on 6 February 1952, when she was 25. Her Majesty celebrated her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee.
“The extended bank holiday weekend will see public events and community activities as well as national moments of reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service.”
Events planned for the occasion include Trooping the Colour, the Lighting of the Platinum Jubilee Beacon, a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a live concert ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’, The Big Jubilee Luncheon and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
Trooping the Color will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic and is scheduled for the first day of the four-day bank holiday weekend from June 2-5.
The following day a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and on the third day of the weekend, Saturday, the Queen will be joined by members of the Royal Family at a derby hosted by members of the Royal Family at Epsom Downs.
A live concert will be staged at Buckingham Palace that evening – called the Platinum Party at the Palace.
The cast is yet to be named, but it is touted as bringing together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most important and joyous moments of the Queen’s seven-decade reign.
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