Sunday, 29 Nov 2020

Four-day weekend planned to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

It is still almost a couple of years away but already plans are being made for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The May Bank Holiday Weekend in 2022 will be moved to Thursday 2 June, with another bank holiday on Friday 3 June to mark Her Majesty’s 70th year as monarch.

It will be the first time any British sovereign has reached the historic milestone.

Events will be held across the four-day weekend to reflect on the Queen’s reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952.

The commemorations are being arranged jointly by The Royal Household and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember.

“We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology.

“It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”

Organisers say the four day celebrations will feature events that mix British ceremonial pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays.

To make sure the whole country and Commonwealth feel involved, it has been promised that “spectacular moments in London and other major cities will be complemented by events in communities across the UK and the Commonwealth, allowing people to join together in celebration and thanks at a national and local level”.

A Platinum Jubilee medal will be produced for people who work in public service, including representatives of the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison service. The tradition stretches back to the reign of Queen Victoria when an official medal was designed to mark her 50th anniversary on the throne.

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