The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June, marking 70 years on the throne.
It is the first time in British history that a monarch has reached the milestone.
Celebrations will take place over a bumper long weekend, with an extensive programme of events scheduled up and down the country.
Here’s when it takes place and all the key dates for your calendar.
When is the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday is on Friday 3 June 2022.
This is almost four months after Elizabeth II celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession on 6 February 2022.
However, that date also marked 70 years since the death of her father, King George VI, and was therefore not an occasion she wished to celebrate.
The first week of June was instead chosen for the Platinum Jubilee weekend, just like the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees, with the summer month offering a better chance of good weather.
To create the four-day weekend, the late May spring bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June, with the additional day off following on Friday.
What are the key events?
Platinum Pudding Competition – 12 May
Fortnum & Mason launched the Platinum Pudding Competition to find a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne back in January.
Mary Berry and the Duchess of Cornwall will crown the winner in a BBC One special, The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking..
Recipes by five amateur bakers have been selected from nearly 5,000 entries to compete in the final.
Platinum Jubilee Celebration – A Gallop Through History – 12-15 May
This celebration at Windsor Castle will see more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a “90-minute piece of spellbinding arena theatre” that will include actors, artists and musicians, as well as international military displays from the Commonwealth, Europe British Armed Forces, dancers and global equestrian displays.
Buy tickets here.
Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Color) – 2 June
The color will be trooped on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and over 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division.
The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace and move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade.
It will be members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
The event will be open to the public for free, and also shown live on BBC One.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons – 2 June
The public will be able to attend this event. This will take place on the Long Walk as darkness falls. The Platinum Jubilee weekend in Windsor will begin with the lighting of the Windsor beacon, as part of the national beacon lighting.
A beacon will also be lit at Buckingham Palace, as well as in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
Service of Thanksgiving – 3 June
The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
A new exhibition, “Jubilee: St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World”, has also been opened at the London cathedral.
The display examines the Jubilee celebrations for King George III, King George V, Queen Victoria and the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Dr David Ison, said: “It is a great honor to hold a Service of Thanksgiving for the Reign of Her Majesty the Queen and to celebrate her 70 years of service to the UK and the Commonwealth.
“We are also delighted to open a brand new exhibition documenting previous Jubilee celebrations across three centuries. From rich and beautiful textiles to treasured photographs and scrapbooks, the story emerges of the excitement and anticipation of each Jubilee celebration, and the unique role that St Paul’s holds in ceremonial occasions. Along with our community outreach programs and late opening events, our Jubilee exhibition is a fitting way to mark this special occasion. ”
Entry to the exhibition is free with a ticket, which you can get here.
Jubilee Concert in St George’s Chapel – 3 June
An exclusive opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s reign at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The Royal Borough of Windsor says: “This special event celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a celebration in music of this remarkable and unique anniversary. The programme includes music from around the United Kingdom used on royal occasions, written during the Queen’s reign, and premiered. at this concert.
“We have been able to draw together singers from several local choirs, and combine with the vibrant, dynamic, and inspiring Orpheus Sinfonia, with wonderful soloists, all under the superb direction of conductor Oliver Gooch. Petroc Trelawny, radio and television presenter will guide us through the evening. ”
Tickets are currently sold out, but some may be put up for resale here.
Platinum Party at the Palace – 4 June
Some of the world’s greatest entertainers are billed to perform at the concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.
The BBC says: “With state-of-the-art technology and a stunning stage design, the event will feature an incredible range of highlights from global music stars with a full, live orchestra – to actors from film, TV and the stage telling the story and celebrating some of the most significant cultural moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign. ”
The performers are set to be announced in the lead up to the party. So far only George Ezra has been revealed.
The ticket ballot for the concert is closed, but it will be shown live on BBC One.
Big Jubilee Lunch – 5 June
Street parties are being planned across the UK, and neighbours are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. It will mark the end of the bank holiday.
“Following the success of the first Big Jubilee Lunch, to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community again in 2022,” the Platinum Jubilee website states.
You can sign up for a free pack here to start your own event, or discover existing events in your area.
Platinum Jubilee Pageant – 5 June
Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a pageant in four acts.
It will include a “River of Hope” section made up of 200 silk flags that will make its way through The Mall, appearing like a moving river.
You can find details of the event here, and there will also be a live stream.