Watch: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee plans set with extra Bank Holiday
Britons will get to enjoy a four day bank holiday weekend in the summer of 2022 as the nation celebrates 70 years since the Queen acceded to the throne.
From 2-5 June, a series of events and celebrations will be held across London, the UK and the Commonwealth for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen is the first British monarch to make it to a Platinum Jubilee, and is the longest reigning British king or queen.
The events have not been announced in full yet, but there are some details emerging from Buckingham Palace and the government, and it promises to be a weekend with something for everyone - including the Queen's favourite activities.
When is the extra bank holiday?
There will be a four day bank holiday weekend from 2-5 June.
One of these days off comes from moving the late May bank holiday from 30 May - so you'll have to go to work then.
But in exchange, 2 June will be a day off, and the government is giving everyone an extra bank holiday on 3 June.
Thursday, 2 June
The first day will be an extravaganza as Trooping the Colour will return to its full form and be held earlier than usual to include it as part of the platinum celebrations.
Trooping the Colour is usually held on the second Saturday in June. It marks the monarch's official birthday.
The Queen will instead gather her family on 2 June for the full procession down the Mall in London, and at Horse Guards Parade, before watching a flypast by the RAF from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
It may be particularly special as the event was significantly scaled back to fit COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and is set to be similarly small in 2021.
Trooping the Colour usually involves many members of the Royal Family, so it's possible that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would return to the UK to attend too.
Children are often seen on the balcony, with Prince Louis, the youngest Cambridge, making his debut before he was two-years-old.
After the Trooping, the Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit, up and down the country and for the first time, in the capital cities of Commonwealth nations.
This follows a tradition of beacons being lit for events like weddings, jubilees and coronations.
Friday, 3 June
On this day the Queen will attend a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
The iconic cathedral is also where the 2012 Diamond Jubilee service was held for Her Majesty.
The palace has not announced anymore details as yet.
A tweet from St Paul's read: "We will be delighted to hold a Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen’s reign, as part of the #PlatinumJubilee celebrations on Friday 3rd June 2022. We are thrilled to be part of the very first Platinum Jubilee celebrations."
The 2012 service including a bidding, hymns, a reading by David Cameron, then Prime Minister, and a sermon given by then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
Prince Harry was there, as was Prince William and Kate, and Prince Charles and Camilla.
Saturday, 4 June
This could well be the Queen's favourite day of the jubilee weekend because she will go to Epsom Down for the derby.
A lover of horses and horse racing, the 2022 Cazoo Derby will be part of the celebrations of her 70 years on the throne.
Phil White, who runs Epsom as London Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "We are incredibly grateful for the support Her Majesty The Queen has given to the Derby over several decades.
"To be afforded this opportunity to celebrate the contribution she has made to horseracing, to British life and the Commonwealth, is a real honour for all of us at the Jockey Club.
"Planning for this very special occasion has already begun, even before we have staged this year’s Cazoo Derby Festival this weekend."
The Queen has previously had runners in the Epsom Derby, including Aureole just three days after her coronation on 6 June, 1953.
More recently, Carlton House carried the Queen’s colours to finish a close third behind French raider Pour Moi when favourite in 2011.
As the Queen still has a hand in the racing world, she might have a horse to run over the weekend.
In 2012, during her Diamond Jubilee, there was a special coronation cup at Epsom, which she presented to the race winner.
That evening, there will be a party at Buckingham Palace, run and broadcast by the BBC, including "some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars".
Members of the public will be able to apply for tickets for the show.
The line-up has not yet been released, but Party at the Palace in 2002 included people like Cliff Richard, Ricky Martin, S Club 7, The Corrs, Paul McCartney and - of course - Queen.
The 2022 line-up is likely to be just as eclectic.
Sunday, 5 June
On the final day there will be street parties and barbecues held up and down the country as the Big Lunch is co-opted for the milestone event.
The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to come together and get to know each other since 2009.
Buckingham Palace said: "In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community."
The neighbourhood celebrations could be anything from tea and cake to a street party.
The weekend will close with a pageant, featuring 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth, combining "street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume".
It will be held against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets.
The palace said it would "celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country".
In 2012, a pageant was held on the River Thames but poor weather made the day something of a washout.
What else is happening?
A competition will be announced this month to find the design for the Jubilee emblem.
Those who work in public service, including representatives of the Army, Navy and Air Force, will be awarded a Platinum Jubilee medal.
As well as the events around the central weekend, there will be a tree planting initiative across the whole country, called the Queen's Green Canopy.
The palace hopes everyone "individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates" will plant a tree between October 2021 and the end of the 2022.
Prince Charles and the Queen planted the first one over the Easter weekend in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Charles is patron of the QGC.
MPs and members of the House of Lords will also pay for a gift for the Queen, in keeping with previous milestones.
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