Extra four-day Bank Holiday to celebrate Queens Platinum Jubilee – Devon Live

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Britain will have an extra four-day bank holiday next summer to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

2022 will be Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne – and Buckingham Palace has now confirmed June 2-5 will see a series of events to celebrate this unprecedented milestone.

She will be the first sovereign to reign for seven decades, and will be 96 by the time the landmark is reached, reports The Mirror.

The Queen actually came to the throne on February 6, 1952 – the date of King George VI’s death.

On Twitter, the Royal Family’s official account said: “The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952, when she was 25 years old. Her Majesty has celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

“The extended bank holiday weekend will see public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.”

Events planned for occasion include Trooping the Colour, the Lighting of Platinum Jubilee Beacons, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, A live concert ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’, The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Trooping the Colour will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic and is scheduled for the first day of a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend from June 2-5.

The following day a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and the third day of the weekend, a Saturday, will see the Queen joined by members of the royal family at the Derby, held at Epsom Downs.

That evening a live concert will be staged at Buckingham Palace – called the Platinum Party at the Palace.

Performers have yet to be named but it is billed as bringing together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from the Queen’s seven decade reign.

 

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