The UK is getting an extra Bank Holiday next year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Her Majesty The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

The Royal Family has today unveiled the programme of celebrations as Queen Elizabeth II marks her 70-year reign next year.

Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022, and this milestone means she will be the first ever British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

She acceded to the throne in 1952 at age 25.

A number of events are planned for the celebratory four-day weekend, including Trooping the Colour, lighting of Platinum Jubilee Beacons, a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and crucially, an extra Bank Holiday.

Announcing the news on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account this morning, a spokesperson said: “The weekend will provide an opportunity for communities across the UK to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.”

Trooping the Colour and the lighting of the beacons will take place on Thursday 2 June 2022.

Beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries for the first time to celebrate the occasion, as well as throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas territories.

The service of thanksgiving will be held on Friday 3 June 2022, and “further events will be announced in due course”, according to the official spokesperson.

There will also be a live ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ concert, The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

The concert – which will be staged and broadcast by the BBC – will be held on Saturday 4 June 2022, and is aiming to “bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars”, according to the Royal Family’s website.

Members of the public will be invited to apply for tickets to attend.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne in 1952 at age 25 / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday 5 June 2022, the Big Lunch will “bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community”, where Brits can hold street parties, picnics or garden barbecues to take part.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will feature “over 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth”.

The entire extended Bank Holiday weekend is set to “combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume” to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign, as well as “national moments of reflection”.

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