Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022: When is the bank holiday and what events are planned?

This is everything you need to know about the Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place this year

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022: When is the bank holiday and what events are planned?
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Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 70th anniversary as Britain’s monarch in June 2022 CREDIT: Steve Parsons/PA

The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee later this year, marking 70 years since she ascended to the throne.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is the first monarch to reach the milestone, having already celebrated her silver, gold and diamond jubilees. 

On June 2, 2021 – exactly one year before the celebrations are set to begin – Buckingham Palace announced plans for how the occasion will be marked, including an extra bank holiday.

Oliver Dowden, the former Culture Secretary, said at the time: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember.

“We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology.

“It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”Advertisement

Further plans to mark the milestone have since been released, including details of street parties, the Queen’s Green Canopy Campaign, the Platinum Pudding Competition, and the emblem design that will be used throughout the official festivities.

Here is everything you need to know about the Platinum Jubilee taking place in 2022.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 When is the bank holiday and what events are planned
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of their coronation, Buckingham Palace, 1953. CREDIT: Hulton Archive

What is the Platinum Jubilee celebration?

The Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years of a monarch’s reign.

Queen Elizabeth is the first British monarch to mark this accolade, after being crowned in 1952 at Westminster Abbey. 

On significant anniversaries, celebrations take place across the country and the Commonwealth. On the last jubilee (Diamond), which marked 60 years since the coronation, the Queen and Prince Philip visited every region in the UK.

Other family members, such as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, went on Royal visits to all parts of the Commonwealth, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Papua New Guinea. 

Across the country, street parties will be held, as well as public ceremonies such as the Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen’s official birthday.

A Platinum Jubilee medal will also be awarded to public service workers, including those in the Armed Forces, emergency services and prison officers.

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Crowds celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the Mall towards Buckingham Palace in 2012 CREDIT: John MacDougall/AFP

What date is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Although the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation falls on February 6, the official celebrations always take place at the beginning of June.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will begin on Thursday, June 2, and will continue over the weekend until June 5. 

When is the bank holiday?

An extra bank holiday was announced in November 2020 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. 

To create the four-day weekend, the late May Bank Holiday will be moved to June 2 and an additional one-off bank holiday on 3 June created to allow for a continuation of the celebrations. 

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the annual Trooping the Colour parade in 2009 CREDIT: Lewis Whyld/PA

What events are planned for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations?

May

Simon Brooks-Ward, the event’s producer and director, has said that the celebration will be “very theatrical”, with respectfully “joyful, humorous, fun” elements alongside the reverential.

An acting troupe of “Queen’s Players” will appear, in a nod to Shakespeare, along with the Household Cavalry and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, and “box office artists” in the weeks prior to the main celebrations.

Dame Helen Mirren and Stephen Fry have already helped to launch the event, dubbed A Gallop Through History, staged from May 12-15, and will raise money for charities including those supporting the NHS and key workers.

Sir Mike Rake, the chairman of the Platinum Jubilee’s advisory board, said: “After 70 years on the throne and particularly poignantly after the dark and troubling times in the last 18 months, Her Majesty’s leadership, steadiness and unwavering devotion during her reign deserve recognition and celebration.”

He added: “In 2022, Her Majesty the Queen will have guided the nation through several decades of change, growth and advancement, like none before them, in times of triumph and also in times of trouble.

“In an age of advancement and adversary, the Queen has remained a constant, committed and courageous presence, therefore we have worthwhile and timely celebration.”

June

On Thursday, June 2, the Queen will attend the Trooping the Colour. More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 1,000 dancers and musicians and 500 horses will gather at Buckingham Palace and proceed down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by Members of the Royal family on horseback and in carriages.

The event will be closed by an RAF fly-past, which will be watched by the Queen and other royals from the Palace balcony. 

And June 3 will see a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

On June 4, the Queen and members of her family will attend the Derby at Epsom before the Platinum Party at the Palace, which will be staged and broadcast by the BBC.

Buckingham Palace are yet to name the performers but have said the live concert “will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from the Queen’s seven-decade reign”. 

Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend via a ballot for UK residents.

Finally on June 5, people will be encouraged to arrange street parties to join the Big Jubilee Lunch, before the final event of the weekend, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

This will feature more than 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth, against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets, as well as a “River Of Hope” – made up of 200 silk flags decorated with images of hope drawn by children – that will make its way along the Mall in central London.

It is not yet clear which events the Queen will attend herself.

Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the long weekend in June.

July

Three special displays marking significant occasions in the Queen’s reign – the Accession, the Coronation and Jubilees – will be staged at the official royal residences from July 2022.

This is set to include a range of portraits as well as the jewellery and outfits worn for each occasion, housed at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

What other information has been announced? 

As the date draws closer, further plans have been made for the occasion.

Platinum Jubilee emblem 

The emblem for the Platinum Jubilee was announced in August 2021, following a competition which was judged by industry experts. 

The winner of the competition was 19-year-old graphic design student, Edward Roberts. His design was a regal purple, featuring a stylised crown drawn with an unbroken line, which incorporated the number 70.

Mr Roberts, from Southwell in Nottinghamshire, said at the time: “It’s just an amazing feeling to win it, I couldn’t believe I’d won it really. I thought I had achieved something by getting to the top 100 so to win it – I was over the moon.”

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Competition winner, Edward Roberts, posing outside Southwell Minster with his winning emblem design that will be used for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations CREDIT: Getty Images

The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign

Members of the public are being encouraged to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” as part of a unique planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s milestone.

Individuals, villages, schools, businesses and scout groups are all among those being encouraged to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees during the planting season between October to March ahead of the official celebrations.

Some 60,000 trees have already been planted.

Lighting of the beacons

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the UK’s long-running tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries for the first time ever to celebrate – spreading across more than 1,500 locations.

Commemorative 50p

In November 2021, the design for a special 50p to mark the occasion was revealed. The coin features a number 70 and incorporates the Queen’s cypher framed within the ‘0’.

The Royal Mint has confirmed the coins will go into circulation later this year – with the design reportedly approved by Her Majesty herself.

It is the first time a royal milestone has been celebrated on the ‘tails’ side of a 50p.

Platinum Pudding Competition

In January 2022, organisers of the Jubilee announced that they are seeking a new national dish to celebrate the occasion – reminiscent of the Coronation Chicken, invented for her Coronation in 1953.

The Platinum Pudding Competition, run by Fortnum & Mason and judged by experts including Dame Mary Berry and the Queen’s own head chef, is open to home cooks aged eight and above.

The winning pudding will be served at The Big Jubilee Lunch, a network of community parties to be held across the country on Sunday, June 5.

Have other royals celebrated this milestone? 

No. Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch in the history of the UK to reach the milestone.

Queen Victoria saw her Diamond Jubilee in June 1897, which marked 60 years on the throne. She is the UK’s second longest-serving monarch. 

George III also celebrated a significant milestone by becoming the first monarch to serve 50 years. His Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1809. 

This article is regularly updated with the latest information.

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