Celebrating the Queen’s 70th year as Monarch

Celebrating the queen's platinum jubilee in 2022, 70 years as monarch

The UK will celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch from Thursday, 2nd June 2022 to Sunday, 5th June 2022.

Extra Bank Holiday 2022

The 2022 May Bank Holiday weekend will move to Thursday, 2nd June, and Friday, 3rd June 2022 will be a Bank Holiday. (The Anniversary falls on 6th February 2022).

An extra bank holiday will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The nation will join in over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign. This is the first time that a British monarch reaches the milestone of celebrating 70 years on the throne.  

Celebrations across the UK and Commonwealth

Buckingham Palace stated that the Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations. The UK will celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch over a weekend of celebrations.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is truly a historic milestone as the took the throne in 1952. She was only 25 years old and her reign featured 14 prime ministers. 

The weekend’s celebrations include a mixture of traditional pageantry and state of the art technological displays and public events. There are plans to plant trees across the UK, to commemorate the occasion as well.  

Platinum Jubilee Medal

Public service workers, representatives of the Armed Forces, and prison services will be awarded a Jubilee medal. This tradition goes back to the reign of Queen Victoria’s 50th anniversary on the throne. 

Gifts for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were;

  • A Stain-Glass window fitted in the Palace of Westminster
  • A Sundial installed on the Parliamentary grounds

MP’s and peers will use their own discretion to decide on a Platinum Jubilee gift for the Queen.

The build-up to Platinum Jubilee 2022

The build-up of celebration activities will start ahead of the four-day weekend. These celebrations will include magnificent moments in London and other major cities across the UK and Commonwealth. In the run-up to the weekend, members of the Royal Family will partake in the celebrations as well.

This event will also see some of the UK’s leading creative minds, event organizers, and digital design companies involved. Young people across the Commonwealth will be engaged, using new technology in exhilarating ways. This is facilitated through the talents of the UK’s cultural and creative sectors.  

The Royal Household and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are jointly arranging the commemorations.