2022 is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. The country will be celebrating together over the long Bank Holiday weekend.
This will be the first time that a British monarch has celebrated a platinum jubilee.
This year, the May Spring Bank Holiday moved to Thursday 2nd June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3rd June will create a four-day weekend to help celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, celebrated in 2022 in the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.
Celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015. Longer than the incredible record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
While Saturday 6 February marks the actual date that the Queen ascended to the throne. it also is the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI, so the celebrations are held in the summer.
This historic occasion celebrated throughout the year, the highlight is the four day UK bank holiday weekend.
Where to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee 2022
There are street parties and event up and down the country.
Thursday 2 June 2022
Trooping the Colour
The Queen’s Birthday Parade with Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. All taking part in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.
Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons
The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Friday 3 June
Service of Thanksgiving
A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Further events will be announced in due course.
Saturday 4 June
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
Platinum Party at the Palace
The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that 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 this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.
Sunday 5 June
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.
People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country.
Visit the official Platinum Jubilee 2022 website for all events and information.
There is always lots of memorabillia for royal occasions. From teacups and T-shirts to official collectors items.
Look out for British made Jubilee gifts, and accessories.