Britons will enjoy a four day bank holiday next summer to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as the country marks her 70 years on the throne.
Buckingham Palace said 2022’s elongated bank holiday will run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 and include a catamaran of public events and community activities, including a Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace and The Big Lunch, which will encourage neighbours to participate together for street parties.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held on June 2, 1953, just more than a year after the then 25-year-old ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, following her father George VI’s passing.
It was the first coronation ever to be televised, with 27 million people in the United Kingdom tuning in, and according to Buckingham Palace, the BBC is set to take a pivotal role in next year’s festivities, with Britons invited to apply for tickets to the Platinum Party at the Palace, which will see some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars join together to create a live concert to commemorate the most important and joyful moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign.
Plans for the Platinum Jubilee festivities have been released for the first time as the Queen marks her 69th year on the British throne.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that an extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will present an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to mark the memorable milestone.
The four days of festivities will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
On the Thursday of next year’s events, Trooping the Colour is supposed to be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.
The following day a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and the third day of the weekend, a Saturday will see the Queen accompanied by members of the royal family at the Derby, held at Epsom Downs.
That evening the live concert will be staged at Buckingham Palace.
The Palace revealed that members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this exclusive event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.
The Queen of course has done a magnificent job, but she’s 95 years old, and June 2022 is a long way off.
However, she is an exceptional lady that has devoted her life to her country and the Commonwealth for nearly 70 years, and at 95 years old is still carrying on her duties, and perhaps someone like her will never be again.