In 2022, the Queen will become the first British monarch ever to mark 70 years on the throne and celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. And today, Buckingham Palace has announced further plans for the four-day weekend that will be held in the UK next June as a focal point for the milestone.
In plans that are very similar to the arrangements for the long weekend that marked the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, four days of festivities will take place a year from now from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5. Events include a special Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving, a concert at Buckingham Palace, a series of street parties and picnics and a Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The Queen reaches the milestone 70 years on the throne on February 6 2022 and Buckingham Palace said today in a statement that there will also be “year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities and people come together to celebrate.” The palace added that throughout the year, royal family members will travel around the UK carrying out “a wide variety of engagements.”
A design competition is set to be launched later this month which will see people invited to submit ideas for a Jubilee emblem. The winning design will be the official symbol of the 2022 celebrations.
Key events through the four-day weekend are as follows:
Thursday 2nd June
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): More than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will take part in a traditional parade to mark the Queen's official birthday. This is usually held on a Saturday in June but has been moved to a Thursday in the Platinum Jubilee year. It will culminate with the royal family watching an RAF flyover from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and in the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries.
Friday 3rd June
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday 4th June
The Derby at Epsom Downs: The Queen and members of the royal family will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs racecourse.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a live concert from Buckingham Palace. The royal household said it will “bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign”.
Sunday 5th June
The Big Jubilee Lunch: People are invited to get together with friends and neighbours for food and drink.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring more than 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It is expected to combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.
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