The Queen's Platinum Jubilee dates: Full diary of events including concert and Bank Holiday
25 February 2022, 16:32 | Updated: 1 June 2022, 13:23
What are the Queen's Platinum Jubilee events and when is the Bank Holiday?
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The Queen is mark 70 years on the throne of Great Britain later this year, a historical milestone never reached by a British Monarch before.
Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee is being celebrated with a number of events throughout 2022, including this weekend's Bank Holiday.
These are just some of the festivities happening over the four-day weekend.
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You can find all the details of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee below, including key dates to put in your diary:
What is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee?
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee is a celebration of Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.
As the first British Monarch to reach the milestone, celebrations across the UK are set to be historical.
When is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the extra Bank Holiday?
The Queen officially marked 70 years on the throne on February 6, the anniversary of her father's death.
However, the key events are taking place over the weekend of 2nd June - 5th June where the nation will enjoy an extra Bank Holiday to mark the occasion.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee plans:
Thursday, 2nd June: The Queen's Birthday Parade
Also known as Trooping the Colour, the Queen's Birthday Parade will kick off the June Bank Holiday celebrations.
Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together for the traditional event.
The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace and move down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, where members of the Royal Family will join on horseback and in carriages.
It will conclude with the traditional RAF fly-past, which will be watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace by the Queen and her family.
Thursday, 2nd June: Platinum Jubilee Beacons lit across the UK and overseas
On the same day, over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to mark the occasion.
As well, beacons will be lit in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.
Friday, 3rd June: Service of Thanksgiving
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held for the Queen's reign at St Paul's Cathedral on the Friday.
Saturday, 4th June: The Derby at Epsom Downs & Platinum Party at the Palace
On the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, the Queen will visit the Derby at Epsom Downs alongside members of her family.
On the same day, the BBC will broadcast a live concert from Buckingham Palace that will, according to the Royal Family's Official Website, "bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign".
Sunday, 5th June: The Big Jubilee Lunch & The Platinum Jubilee Pageant
On the Sunday, people across Britain will be encouraged to take part in 'The Big Jubilee Lunch', which aims to bring communities together to socialise and bond.
Your own Jubilee Lunch can be big or small, and can see you celebrate with friends and family, or even in the street with your neighbours.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be the last event of the Jubilee weekend, and will see over 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth come together to perform theatre, street arts, music, carnival and circus pieces.
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