Thousands of events are set to take place over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, which also ties in with an extra-long bank holiday, with pubs set to stay open for longer and supermarkets adjusting their opening hours
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has finally kicked off and the nation has begun celebrating.
The 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrates the monarch’s 70 years on the throne, a reign in which she has been head of state for some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st century.
The four-day bank holiday weekend is set be packed full of pomp, pageantry and revelry.
Millions are set to benefit from the bank holiday, while many retail employees are also being granted an extra day off for the Platinum Jubilee. As Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be the nation’s first and marked by around 3,500 events over the weekend.
From The Big Jubilee Lunch to the Platinum Party at the Palace, thousands are set to line the streets to enjoy the festivities, while others will just bask in the long weekend and extended pub opening hours.
Here, we’ve got all you need to know about the jubilee weekend, including a full schedule of events, pub opening hours and public transport news.
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When is the Platinum Jubilee 2022?
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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations have officially started, beginning on Thursday June 2 and lasting until Sunday June 5.
Thousands of special get-togethers have already been registered on the occasion’s official website. You can find your nearest event by using its location tool here.
The Queen’s actual accession to the throne occurred on February 6 1952, so she has already officially become the first monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne.
Full Platinum Jubilee events schedule
Thursday June 2
Trooping the Color: The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be held on Thursday 2 June 2022 starting at 11am. This annual show has now marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
Platinum Jubilee flypast: Following the parade, there will also be a Jubilee flypast by the RAF which will include 70 aircraft and the famous Red Arrows.
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Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The UK’s long tradition of beacon lighting will continue with them being lit throughout Britain and in each capital city of the Commonwealth.
Friday June 3
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. It will be the first time the cathedral’s bell, Great Paul, will have rung for a royal occasion since falling silent in 1970, then being restored in 2021.
Saturday June 4
The Derby at Epsom Downs: The Queen won’t be attending the Epsom Derby this year; instead she is expected to be celebrating her granddaughter Lilibet’s first birthday.
However, other members of the Royal Family are expected to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
Platinum Party at the Palace: Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace, which will showcase some of the biggest names in showbiz including Diana Ross, Sam Ryder and Queen.
Sunday June 5
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Thousands of lunches are planned, one of which is set to break the world record for the longest street party.
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The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: The Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort, will reportedly be an opportunity to pay tribute to the monarch and culminate with a singing of the National Anthem, God Save the Queen.
Platinum Jubilee pub opening times
Covering June 2-4, pub goers will be able to enjoy two extra hours of fun at their local. On Monday 25 April, Parliament passed an order to extend licensing hours in pubs, clubs and bars across England and Wales from 11pm to 1am to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Supermarket opening times during the Jubilee bank holiday
Major supermarkets will not be totally closed during the weekend, with most only slightly reducing hours to their normal bank holiday times.
For example, most Tesco Superstores will be open from 6am to 10pm on Saturday, June 4, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 5.
Aldi and Morrisons have confirmed that their stores will operate their normal opening hours throughout the long weekend.
Sainsbury’s will be operating slightly reduced hours of 7am to 9pm.
To find the exact opening hours for your local supermarket, you can use their branch locator webpages.
Some DIY stores will also have different opening time over the bank holiday too.
Public transport during the Queen’s Jubilee
Currently, a strike is planned during the Jubilee weekend at two central London Tube stations. Euston Park and Green Park will see see staff walk out on June 3.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our strike on June 3 will cause significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
“However, if Tube bosses do the right thing, and deal appropriately with the manager in question, we can find a just resolution to this dispute.”
There are no other major disruptions to public transport expected over the four-day weekend.
Transport for London has said that most of its services will run as planned but travelers should be aware of increased passenger numbers, which could cause delays.
It’s also worth remembering that a 24-hour walkout will take place after the bank holiday weekend across the London Underground.
About 4,000 station staff are set to walk out at 12.01am BST on June 6 in a dispute over job losses and pensions.
Keep in mind that roads will be busy, especially as large crowds are expected in London on Saturday June 4. National Rail says it will be especially busy after 10.30pm when people head home.