Cheers, Ma’am! UK gets extra bank holiday for a four-day weekend to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022
- Britons will be given Friday, June 3 off as an additional bank holiday in 2022
- Forms part of celebrations for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in her 70th year of rule
- Late May Bank Holiday will be put back to the June 2 to make four-day weekend
Britain will get an extra Bank Holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Friday, June 3 has been picked as the additional day off. The late May Bank Holiday will also be put back to Thursday, June 2 to create a special four-day weekend.
A blockbuster programme of celebrations is being developed to mark the historic milestone when Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years.
The extra bank holiday sits at the centre of a blockbuster programme of celebrations is being developed to mark the historic milestone when Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years
Organisers say that it will mix traditional pageantry and ceremonial splendour with cutting edge artistic and technological displays.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign.
‘The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations.’
At 94, the Queen is already the longest-living monarch in British history. She surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving ruler five years ago.
Crowds throng The Mall during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012
Friday, June 3 has been picked as the additional day off. The late May Bank Holiday will also be put back to Thursday, June 2 to create a special four-day weekend
In 2017 the Queen became the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee – 65 years on the throne.
The Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, following the sudden death of her father, George VI. However, her Coronation did not take place until June 2, 1953.
The Royal Household and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are jointly arranging the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: ‘Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember. It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.’