The Platinum Jubilee bank holiday is a weekend celebration from June 2 to June 5, 2022. The weekend is part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations that are taking place throughout the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth. She is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Festivities include the Platinum Pudding competition, The Big Jubilee Lunch, and the Queen’s Birthday Parade — well known as The Trooping the Color — where over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians will parade through the streets and a Service of Thanksgiving.
History of Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
The United Kingdom government marked Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a one-off additional bank holiday creating a four-day weekend holiday from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, 2022. The actual date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was Sunday, February 6, 2022, the day she acceded to the throne, meaning it was also the day her father died. King George VI died in his sleep at 56 after a long illness. For this reason, she chose to use this date to remember her father.
Consequently, the Queen chose to celebrate the 70th anniversary of her accession on June 3, 2022, as part of a four-day holiday to include public events and community activities. As part of the celebrations, the Platinum Pudding competition was launched throughout the United Kingdom on January 10, 2022, by Buckingham Palace, Fortnum & Mason, and The Big Jubilee Lunch. The creator of the winning pudding will be at the center of the celebrations and the recipe made available to the public.
On Thursday, June 2, 2022, The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Color) marks The Queen’s official birthday. Over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom and U.K. Overseas Territories. On Friday, June 3, 2022, the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St. Paul Cathedral.
On Saturday, June 4, 2022, the Queen will attend a horse race, The Derby at Epsom Downs, followed by a Platinum Party at the Palace. On Sunday, June 5, 2022, there is The Big Jubilee Lunch — The Big Lunch celebrated annually since 2009 — celebrates connections within the community. Lastly, The Platinum Jubilee Pageant retells the story of The Queen’s 70 years of reign with all the fun, pomp, and Royal splendor that makes the U.K. famous.
Platinum Jubilee bank holiday timeline
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is born on April 21 in Mayfair, London.
Elizabeth becomes The Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.
It is the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession.
Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years of reign.
Platinum Jubilee bank holiday FAQs
Is 30 May 2022 a bank holiday?
The Spring Bank Holiday 2022 originally on Monday, May 30, will be moved to Thursday, June 2, 2022.
What is the 100th anniversary called?
An anniversary of 100 years is called a centenary.
How often is a jubilee?
Jubilees began to be celebrated formally in 1300 A.D. in the Roman Catholic Church and are celebrated every 25 years.
Platinum Jubilee bank holiday Activities
Host a Big Jubilee Lunch
Have fun with your neighbors and get to know each other more. Throw a street party or a garden barbeque, or join one that your neighbors host.
Join the Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Artistic performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers, and volunteers will get together to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 years of reign. Be part of this festival to celebrate the day with creativity.
Plant a tree for the Jubilee
The Queen’s Green Canopy (Q.G.C.) is a tree planting initiative to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, inviting people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.” So, get involved in this initiative to enhance the environment.
5 Facts About Queen Elizabeth II You May Want To Know
She was a full-time army member
She was an active member of the British Armed Forces during WWII, joining as a second subaltern and later promoted to junior commander.
She didn’t have a formal education
The Queen had private tutors teaching her constitutional history, law, and French.
Her late husband was a distant relative
The Queen and Prince Philip were third cousins, both being the great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
She uses her purse to send signals
The Queen putting her handbag on the table at dinner is a signal that she wants dinner to end within the next five minutes.
She doesn’t need a driver’s license
The Queen doesn’t need a license to drive, nor does she need a passport to travel overseas — well, both are issued in her name, why would she need one, right?
Why We Love Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment
The 2022 Platinum Jubilee marks The Queen as the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years of service. Moreover, there will be four days off of work. Who doesn’t love a long weekend?
It is a chance to share friendship
The Big Jubilee Lunch, as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, held every year since 2009, is a chance to get to know one another a little better. So, say hi and mingle with your neighbors
Planting a tree is encouraged
Trees are a significant part of our livelihood. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee gave rise to a new initiative, namely The Queen’s Green Canopy (Q.G.C.), with a focus on planting sustainably. Everyone is encouraged to plant trees during the official planting season between October and March.
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