The four-day bank holiday weekend will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next summer to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
National events will include a live concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars, a service of thanksgiving and, perhaps the Queen’s own highlight, a day at the race.
The 2022 break will run from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, with the end-May bank holiday extended until 2 June to allow for an extended break.
It is part of a planned year of events for a British sovereign to sit on the throne for the first time in seven decades.
The Queen and other royals will travel across the country to complete a series of royal engagements ending with the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
During the Saturday of the long weekend – the Platinum Party at the Palace – a live concert will be staged at Buckingham Palace. The cast is yet to be named, but it is seen as bringing together some of the biggest entertainment stars in the world.
The Queen, a keen horse breeder, and her family will fill the royal box for the Derby held at Epsom Downs in Surrey before the concert.
The weekend will begin with T Trooping Color on Thursday, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.
Platinum Jubilee beacons will also be lit throughout the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and overseas territories of the UK – a tradition used to celebrate royal anniversaries, weddings and coronations.
For the first time, ceremonial bonfires will be lit in each capital city of the Commonwealth of Nations to celebrate the Queen’s milestone.
A Thanksgiving ceremony for the Queen’s reign will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday.
Communities across the country will sit together for the Big Jubilee Luncheon during Sunday, the last day of the bank holiday weekend.
Details of a competition to design the official emblem for the ceremony will be announced this month. In keeping with tradition, the Platinum Jubilee Medal will be awarded to people serving in public service, including representatives of the armed forces, emergency services and prison services.
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