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UK to get extra bank holiday to celebrate Queen's platinum jubilee

Brits can look forward to a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend in summer 2022, to mark what will be the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

A ‘once-in-generation show’ will also be part of the extravaganza, commemorating her 70-year reign, which will see the public enjoy two extra days off work. 

The Queen hopes as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebration, Buckingham Palace has said.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced plans for a series of events to be held from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, 2022, to reflect the monarch’s reign and her impact on the UK and the world since her accession to the throne in 1952. The Queen will reach the landmark on February 6, 2022, when she will become the first British monarch to have been on the throne for seven decades.

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.’

Mr Dowden added: ‘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.’

But Brits will lose one of their other Bank Holidays that year, to create the four-day weekend, with the late May Spring Bank Holiday moved to June 2. The day off on Friday 3 will be created specially for the event.

Members of the royal family are expected to take part in the celebrations over the extended weekend and in the run-up to the four-day extravaganza.

In keeping with tradition, a Platinum Jubilee medal will be awarded to people who work in public service, including representatives of the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison services.

Celebrations marking the milestone will held during 2022 in the run up to the weekend.

The first week in June has been chosen for the Platinum weekend, just like the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees, with the summer month offering a better chance of good weather.

Four months earlier, on February 6, the day in 1952 that the Queen became monarch – is also the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI and not a date the head of state wants to base celebrations around.

The Royal Household and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are organising the commemorations which are being developed with some of the UK’s leading creative minds, event organisers and digital design companies.

The DCMS has said ‘spectacular’ moments in London and other major cities will be complemented by events in communities across the UK and the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 saw the Diamond Jubilee River Thames pageant staged alongside a concert featuring Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney.

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