Platinum Jubilee: Do we get a day off, when is it and how will it be celebrated?

Being the reigning monarch of Britain and the Commonwealth has its perks. Not only do you live the life of luxury beyond the public’s wildest dreams, but every 10 years your loyal subjects celebrate your time on the thrown with parties, pomp and pageantry.

The Platinum Jubilee comes a decade after the Queen’s Golden edition, which saw Grace Jones perform ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ while hula hooping and Kylie Minogue dressed as a Pearly Queen.

However, this year Palace officials have assured the Queen and public that celebrations will be more suited to Britain’s longest ever serving monarch.

In a move to make the festivities more aligned to the Queen’s interests compared with 2012, she “wants to know exactly what’s going on” according to producer and director Simon Brooks-Ward.

Taking the throne in 1952, 70 years on it will be the first time Elizabeth II has been without her husband Prince Phillip at a Jubilee.

When is the Platinum Jubilee?

The Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated with a string of ceremonies across four days in June.

They will begin on Thursday 2nd June and end onSunday 5th June.

Plan’s state the occasion will be commemorated with 500 horses, 1,000 dancers and the world’s most famous musicians will taking part in a floodlit show with Windsor Castle in the background.

Do we get a day off for the Platinum Jubilee?

Yes, if you normally get Bank Holidays off from work, then good news.

There will be a four-day Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June 2022.

How will the Platinum Jubilee be celebrated?

Thursday 2nd June

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) : Over 1,400 parading soldiers200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

Friday 3rd June

Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Saturday 4th June

The Derby at Epsom Downs: The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars.

Sunday 5th June

The Big Jubilee Lunch: The event encourages communities to come together and share a lunch, sometimes in the form of street parties.

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