This is why we’re getting an extra long bank holiday weekend in 2022

Bank holiday weekends are such a treat but they always fly by too quickly, don’t you think? That won’t be the case next year though, as the nation is getting an extra long bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Next year, Queen Elizabeth II will make history once again by becoming the first British monarch to reign for 70 years. Her Majesty became the longest reigning monarch in 2015, when she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The Queen
Getty Images

On 2 June 2021, Buckingham Palace announced news of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, which will see the bank holiday extended by one day. So, the long weekend will begin on Thursday 2 June 2022.

Royal Communications announced that the Queen’s 70 years of service will be marked with ‘year-long platinum jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities and people come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.’

The Queen, 95, and other royal family members will ‘travel around the country’ throughout the year to celebrate with the nation, but the real festivities will take place over the extended bank holiday weekend.

The long weekend will offer ‘an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service,’ reads the royal family website.

This is what we can expect from our long weekend next year…

The Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations

Thursday 2 June

The Queen’s Birthday Parade, aka Trooping the Colour, will take place on the first day of the bank holiday. Over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional parade to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. The Trooping the Colour parade will break from tradition in 2022, as it is usually held on the second Saturday in June.

The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace and move down The Mall. Members of the royal family will join the march on horseback and in carriages. And finally, for that Buckingham Palace balcony picture we know and love, the parade will end with the RAF fly-past and it’ll be watched by the Queen and other members of her family.

Trooping the colour balcony
Getty Images

Beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries.

Friday 3 June

A service of thanksgiving for The Queen’s long reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Saturday 4 June

Her Majesty will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs, alongside members of the royal family. Then, a ‘Platinum Party’ will take place at Buckingham Palace. The BBC will stage and broadcast a live concert from the palace that will see some of the world’s biggest stars come together to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s 70-year reign.

Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend the event – details of the ballot for UK residents will be released in due course.

Sunday 5 June

Time to get the bunting out! People are ‘invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours’ as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations. ‘A Big Lunch’ can be as big or small as you wish and consists of a street party or picnic, tea and cake, or a garden barbecue. Basically, any excuse to get together and have fun.

Street party
Getty Images

To make the day even more exciting, a pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth will take place by Buckingham Palace and surrounding streets. Expect street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costumes celebrating the Queen’s service, as well as honouring the collective service of people across the country.

But wait, there’s more! Later this month, details of a Jubilee emblem competition, in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum and the Royal College of Art, will be released. The winning entry will become the official emblem for the jubilee next year.

Whether you’re a royal fan or just looking forward to a bank holiday, let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather to enjoy the four day weekend.