Britons to get extra bank holiday in huge celebrations for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
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Britons will get an extra day off in 2022 under government plans to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen hopes as many people as possible will be able to celebrate as she hits a milestone no other British monarch has ever reached, and passes seven decades on the throne.

The culture secretary has unveiled plans to celebrate 70 years since the Queen acceded to the throne, which Her Majesty will reach in February 2022.

Oliver Dowden said the Jubilee would be marked by a “once-in-a-generation show” with plans to give Britons a four day weekend in June.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign.

“The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations.”

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.”

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she talks with trustees and staff from The Queen's Trust during a reception in Buckingham Palace, London on October 17, 2019, to mark the work of The Queen's Trust. - The Queens Trust began as The Silver Jubilee Appeal Fund in 1977, with the aim of helping young people to help others. The Queens Commonwealth Trust, will continue the legacy of the Trusts work going forward. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, here in 2019, will have been on the throne for 70 years in 2022. (Victoria Jones/AFP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Foreign Secretary William Hague (R) listen as British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) makes introductory remarks at a Cabinet meeting inside No 10 Downing Street in London December 18, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II attended her first-ever cabinet meeting on Tuesday to mark her diamond jubilee, the only monarch to do so since 1781.The 86-year-old sovereign sat in as an observer on the meeting and received a gift from the Cabinet to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JEREMY SELWYN (Photo by JEREMY SELWYN / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEREMY SELWYN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen with then Foreign Secretary William Hague (R) and Prime Minister David Cameron (L) as she attended cabinet for the first time for her Diamond Jubilee. (AFP/Jeremy Selwyn)

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The late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday, 2 June, and an extra one added on Friday 3 June, giving Britons four days off.

Members of the Royal Family will take part in events across the extended weekend and in the run up to it.

In keeping with tradition, people who work in public service, including representatives of the Army, Navy and Air Force, will be awarded a Platinum Jubilee medal.

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While the Queen actually became the monarch in February of 1952, the first weekend of June has been chosen for the celebrations for a better chance of good weather. The same weekend was chosen for the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

The Queen also tends to mark the day of her accession privately in Sandringham, at the end of her Christmas break there, as she would not want to celebrate her father’s death.

Royal occasions were among the thousands of planned events which had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen watched a scaled-down version of her usual Trooping the Colour event, which would have involved thousands of people packing out the Mall in London.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, ride along The Mall in an open-top car as they return to watch a parade outside Buckingham Place. The parade, which lasted more than three hours, included processions by the Notting Hill Carnival, the Commonwealth and children from the Chicken Shed Theatre Company. The Queen is waving to the crowds that have gathered to greet her. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, ride along The Mall in an open-top car for her Golden Jubilee parade. (Corbis via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal family greet crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the days Jubilee celebrations.   (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Philip and William on the balcony at the Golden Jubilee celebrations. (Fiona Hanson/PA Images)

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And she was unable to carry out investitures or her garden parties, which are held to thank people for their contributions to charities.

It was previously suggested that a new statue be made to mark the historic occasion.

Sir David Amess, a Conservative MP, said: “The British Monarchists Society recently came to me with a project, which I’m sure the nation would back.

“They would like a statue of the Queen erected to celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

“The royal sculptor Christian Corbet has made preliminary sketches of the monument, which is planned for a prestigious suitable position in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster.

“I believe that it would be possible to fund this statue through public subscription and I hope all colleagues will be supportive of the project.

“After all, our monarch has served our nation and the Commonwealth so well for nearly 70 years and she’s currently the longest-serving head of state in the world.”

LONDON - JUNE 05:  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the diamond Jubilee Procession on June 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the diamond Jubilee Procession. (Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess of Cambridge during their Diamond Jubilee visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham.   (Photo by David Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess of Cambridge during their Diamond Jubilee visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham. (David Jones/PA Images)

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The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952 after her father King George VI died.

She was in Kenya at the time of her accession on a royal tour with her husband Prince Philip.

Born in 1926, Princess Elizabeth did not expect to be Queen, but with the abdication of her uncle King Edward VII she was propelled to the role of heir presumptive.

She dedicated her life to serving the UK and the Commonwealth and despite reaching the age of 94 earlier this year, she does not appear prepared to step aside for her son Prince Charles to take over the role.

On 8 November she joined other members of the Royal Family at a socially distanced ceremony at the Cenotaph in central London. She is living at Windsor Castle with Philip.

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