Key dates for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee – including the bank holiday weekend

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

Not only does today – April 21 – make her 96th birthday, but it has also been 70 years since she took to the throne.

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

The event, marking Her Majesty’s historic reign, is tipped to be even bigger than the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee – and could be watched by over a billion people worldwide.

At the centre of it all will be a four-day bank holiday – which will give people the chance to join in the celebrations as well as enjoy a well-earned break from work.

That will see the usual spring bank holiday moved from its usual day in May – but just when is the Platinum Jubilee weekend due to take place, and what celebrations can you look forward to?

Here are the key dates to make in your diary.

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When is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

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

Thursday and Friday are the official bank holidays – with the first date replacing the usual spring bank holiday, which is normally on the final Monday in May.

Friday, June 3 is an additional Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday.

Although Saturday and Sunday will not be bank holidays, they will be packed with a full schedule of events to mark 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 the summer naturally offers a better chance of good weather.

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

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

  • January 10: The Platinum Pudding Competition starts. Members of the public are invited to create a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s reign.
  • May 12 to 15: More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show at Windsor Castle, taking the audience on a journey through history from Elizabeth I to present day.
  • June 2: Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit in more than 1,500 locations across the UK and the Commonwealth, and Trooping the Colour will be held in full for the first time since the pandemic. There will be more than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians taking part. Tickets are available to the public from mid-January here.
  • June 3: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • June 4: Don’t put away your New Year’s frock 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. Performers have yet to be named, but it is widely speculated that the event will see a whole host of big music stars. The ballot for UK residents to secure tickets will be launched in February.
  • June 5: People across the country will be invited to sit down together to take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch, with street parties held across the UK. There will also be a Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will feature 5,000 people from the UK and the Commonwealth performing around the area of Buckingham Palace.
  • July: Three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, the coronation and jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It will include portraits as well as the jewellery and outfits worn for each occasion. Dates are yet to be revealed.

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