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Huge year-long celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee revealed by Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II
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Buckingham Palace has unveiled a bumper programme of celebrations to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee In 2022 where she will mark 70 years on the throne.

Her Majesty will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having succeeded her father as monarch on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was only 25 years old.

On Wednesday, a year-long programme of Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion.

The year will end with the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.”

Thursday 2nd June

Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be rescheduled in 2022 to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Whereas it is usually held on the second Saturday of June, this year, it will take place on the first Thursday of the month.

Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together to mark The Queen’s official birthday.

The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace and will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade. Members of The Royal Family will join the parade on horseback and in carriages.

The Parade will end with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and members her family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom has a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons. This tradition will continue for the Platinum Jubilee, with beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of 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.

Further events on Friday 3rd June will be announced in due course.

Saturday 4th June

The Derby at Epsom Downs: The Queen and The Royal Family will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. Horse Racing is The Queen’s biggest passion, so it is not a surprise that the sport will form an integral part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a live concert from Buckingham Palace.

The biggest names in world entertainment will gather at Buckingham Palace to celebrate The Queen’s seven decades on the throne.

Members of the public will be able to apply to attend the event, with details to be announced in due course.

Sunday 5th June

The Big Jubilee Lunch: After first being launched in 2009, The Big Lunch encourages communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other better, coming together for a friendly lunch.

Next year, people will be invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. This can be through street parties, picnics or tea and scones – whatever tickles your fancy.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will take place in Central London against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace.

It will combine street art, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and will celebrate the service of The Queen.

Further announcements will be made in due course.