When is the extra bank holiday in 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

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  • Brits can look forward to an extra bank holiday in 2022 courtesy of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    We’re no stranger to bank holidays in the UK, with England enjoying eight of them each year including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Every so often, the nation is treated to an extra bank holiday to commemorate a landmark occasion often associated with the royals. And 2022 is the next example of when the country can benefit from this exception: all thanks to Queen Elizabeth II and her incredible reign.

    Next year’s extra bank holiday will honour Her Majesty’s historic anniversary in a special weekend, which will see a change to the usual May Day bank holiday to coincide with a series of nationwide events celebrating our Queen.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the unique bank holiday…

    When is the extra bank holiday in 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

    The extra bank holiday in 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be Friday 3 June.

    The UK government department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have confirmed that the extra public holiday will result in a long weekend in June 2022 to honour the Queen’s special anniversary.

    This will see the May Day Bank Holiday – usually held on the first Monday in May – moved to Thursday 2 June 2022. And this will compliment the additional bank holiday on the Friday, creating a four-day weekend for the occasion.

    The Queen’s Jubilee in June 2022 sets a new historic royal record. As Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to ever reach the milestone.

    “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,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. “It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”

    Further details on Jubilee celebrations for the special June 2022 celebration have yet to be released. Though if it’s anything like the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, then we’re in for a treat.

    Over the Golden Jubilee weekend (1-4 June 2002), the country celebrated 50 years of their monarch through nation-wide street parties and events.

    There was also a special live televised concert called “Party at the Palace”. This saw popstars like Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard perform for Her Majesty and other members of the Royal firm at Buckingham Palace.

    The Queen's Golden Jubilee was an extra bank holiday in 2002 with a Party at the Palace concert

    For the Queen’s Golden Jubilee there was a special concert at Buckingham Palace called ‘Party at the Palace’. Credit: Getty Images

     

    How many years is a Platinum Jubilee and when did Queen Elizabeth II become Queen?

    A Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years on the throne. So, it’s a momentous occasion for Queen Elizabeth II, the UK and the Commonwealth.

    During the celebrations, a Platinum Jubilee medal will be awarded to those in public service. This will include representatives from the Armed Forces and the emergency services.

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on Her Majesty's coronation day.

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    Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6th 1952, following the passing of her father George VI. She is officially the UK’s longest serving monarch, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria in 2015. And it doesn’t look like the Queen will retire anytime soon.

    Queen Elizabeth II coronation

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    When was the Queen coronated?

    The Queen’s coronation took place on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth II was the thirty-ninth sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.

    Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was particularly historic as it was the first ever coronation to be televised. More than 20 million people watched the coronation, outnumbering the radio audience for the first time. Thought it wasn’t only UK viewers watching, as this was a global event with many around the world tuning in.

    25-year-old Elizabeth was one of the youngest monarchs to ascend the throne at the time, with the Queen celebrating her official birthday a week later.