The Queen is celebrating an unprecedented Platinum Jubilee in 2022 as she marks 70 years on the throne.
Elizabeth II, who turned 96 in April, is being honoured with an extensive program of events, as well as an extra bank holiday across the UK.
Here are all the key dates connected to the Platinum Jubilee, as well as the highlights from the schedule of events.
When is the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday will take place around the UK 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 also marked 70 years since the death of her father, King George VI, and was therefore not an occasion the monarch wished to celebrate.
The first week of June was therefore 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 a day later.
What are the biggest Platinum Jubilee events?
Official Jubilee celebrations began on 10 January when Fortnum & Mason launched the Platinum Pudding Competition to find a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, with Mary Berry one of the experts on the judging panel.
Recipes from five bakers were chosen in a shortlist from nearly 5,000 entries at the start of May, including cakes commemorating the Queen’s wedding and multicultural Britain.
The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Mary Berry will announce the winner during a special BBC One programme, The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Bakingwhich airs on May 12.
In May, more, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show in the grounds of Windsor Castle taking the audience through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.
The bank holiday weekend in June will begin with the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Color) in Horse Guards Parade, along with the lighting of beacons in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
There will then be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, before a star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace, which is expected to bring together some of the world’s biggest names.
There will also be an elaborate paeant that passes through central London on Sunday June 5, featuring a host of “national treasures”.
The likes of Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Kate Moss and Jayne Torvill are among the famous faces who will grace the occasion.
People across the country will also sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, while Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors across the long weekend.
Primary schoolchildren are also to be given a book as a keepsake to mark the jubilee, which will be handed out to children in state-funded primary schools across the UK.
Famous quotes from the Queen, along with details about the lives of significant Commonwealth figures such as former South African President Nelson Mandela, are to feature in the book.
A limited edition Barbie doll created in the Queen’s image was also announced on the her 96th birthday, which features a tiara modelled on Queen Mary’s fringe tiara, which Elizabeth II wore on her wedding day.
When the main Platinum Jubilee celebrations?
Here is the full calendar of events taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:
- January 10: “Platinum Pudding competition”: Competition launched inviting members of the public to create a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s reign.
- May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration: More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show taking the Windsor Castle audience through history right from Elizabeth I to present day.
- Bank Holiday – June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Color): 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 who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the Bank Holiday.
- Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The UK will join the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. The Principal Beacon will also be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
- June 3: Service of Thanksgiving: The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
- June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace: 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.
- June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch: 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.
- Platinum Jubilee Pageant: Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a pageant that 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.
- July: The Royal Collection Trust: Three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
It is not clear which events the Queen will attend or take part in given that she has missed a number of key engagements due to mobility in recent months.
The bulk of the Jubilee duties are therefore likely to be given to be attended by other members of the royal family, such as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.