Queen’s platinum jubilee bank holiday date: Another four-day weekend is just around the corner

Another bank holiday is here, but that’s not the end of them for the year. The Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations are coming up, and we’ll all be getting an extra bank holiday as a result.

Queen Elizabeth II has, of course, already celebrated her 96th birthday –but she’s actually already passed the platinum jubilee mark, too. Her 70-year anniversary of taking the throne happened on February 6, 1952.

It’s the celebration around the event that is still to come. That’s happening in June, and the usual end of May bank holiday has been moved to June as well to make a four-day bank holiday weekend.

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When is the platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend?

The platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend will run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5. This will officially be known as the platinum jubilee central weekend.

The Saturday and Friday will both be bank holidays. The Saturday and Sunday will, of course, be regular weekend days.

What’s it celebrating?

It is to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, which happened on February 6, 1952 when her father, George VI, died. She is the only British monarch to have reached 70 years on the throne.

What celebrations are happening?

The celebrations will include the Platinum Party at the Palace –a variety show at Buckingham Palace that will be broadcast live on BBC One. Some 10,000 people will attend the event, which is happening on Saturday, June 4, in person, with millions more set to watch via their TV screens.

There’s also the platinum jubilee pageant, which is happening the following day and will be broadcast on ITV. This is another variety showcase, this time telling “the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign and our transforming society”.

The pageant has four acts overall. They are:

  • Act one, For Queen and Country –a celebration of the UK’s armed forces and those of other commonwealth countries
  • Act two, the Time of Our Lives –documenting how British life has changed in the past 70 years
  • Act three, Let’s Celebrate –a celebration of British humor, theater, dance, and community spirit
  • Act four, Happy and Glorious –the climax of the show, performed right in front of Buckingham Palace, will include a rendition of the national anthem, along with more national treasures from the world of entertainment, such as Bill Bailey, Jeremy Irons, Gok Wan, and Ed Sheeran

The Queen was set to attend the event and others over the course of the weekend. However, palace insiders told the Telegraph earlier this week that her attendance at jubilee events cannot be taken as a given, which observers have taken as an acceptance from the palace that her health is not what it once was.

A source said: “The assumption must now be that the Queen will not be present at events. If Her Majesty does attend, it will be decided on the day, and she will be accompanied by another member of the Royal Family.”

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