When Is The Jubilee Bank Holiday This Week?
On Sunday, February 6th, Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, which signifies 70 years on the throne.
On this date in 1952, when she was 25 years old, Queen Elizabeth's father King George VI died.
The royal anniversary will be marked by a four-day bank holiday weekend starting on Thursday, June 2nd, and ending Sunday, June 5th.
The Queen has ruled over the British nation for 70 years, seeing 14 different prime ministers pass through her doors.
She has visited more countries than any previous monarch and has seen more prime ministers come and go in her seven-century reign.
Buckingham Palace recently announced a slew of Platinum Jubilee events to take place throughout 2022 in celebration of the Queen.
But will there be another bank holiday to commemorate this occasion?
Do We Get An Extra Bank Holiday In 2022?
Yes. In November 2020, culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced the creation of a fourth bank holiday weekend for the nation, which will be held on Thursday 2 June 2021.
The Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated on Friday 3 June 2022, resulting in a four-day bank holiday weekend for the country.
The bank holiday will "provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone" according to the Royal Family's website.
Why is the Bank Holiday in June?
Although the Queen's accession to the throne occurred on February 6, it was also the anniversary of her father's death.
As a result, the Queen prefers not to mark her Platinum Jubilee on the same day.
Instead, in keeping with the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the inaugural week of June was chosen for the celebratory weekend.
The Queen's previous jubilees have traditionally been held in the first or second week of June.
The summer holidays are also beneficial, as they offer a higher chance of acceptable weather than February and thus allow more people to participate in the planned activities and events.
What Events Are Planned For The Bank Holiday?
To commemorate the Queen's 70 years of service, local events and community programs are planned throughout the country.
A number of baking competitions have also been established in honour of Her Majesty.
One is the Platinum Pudding competition, which solicited applications for a new pudding dish in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday.
The Queen's Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will take place on Thursday, June 2. It is usually held to commemorate her birthday on the second Saturday in June, but it has been advanced for a particular bank holiday weekend.
On this day, more than 1,500 Platinum Jubilee beacons will be illuminated throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and British Overseas Territories.
For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each Commonwealth country's capital city to commemorate the occasion.
On Friday, June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St Paul's Cathedral.
The Queen will attend the Derby on Saturday, June 4th with members of her family at Epsom Downs.
The BBC will hold a live concert from Buckingham Palace, with “some of the world's greatest entertainment personalities” performing. The event will be open to members of the public who wish to apply.
The last day, Sunday 5 June, will feature the Big Jubilee Lunch, where communities are encouraged to "come together in a spirit of fun and friendship."
On this day, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be held, with performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers, and volunteers participating in the celebration.
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Will The Extra Bank Holiday Become Permanent?
The additional bank holiday has not been confirmed as permanent, but it has been claimed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson supports the notion.