The people of the United Kingdom can look forward to an extra holiday and a big party to cheer them up. Unfortunately, it won’t happen until 2022. In the spring of 2022, the UK is planning a four-day weekend like no other in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and her 70th anniversary will add another milestone to her already long list of superlatives — a Platinum Jubilee. The Diamond Jubilee that marked the monarch’s 60 years on the throne was celebrated with great flourish in 2012, the same year London held the Summer Olympic Games.
According to Culture Minister Oliver Dowden, “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment — and one that deserves a celebration to remember. We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology. It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”
A public holiday at the end of May would be moved to accommodate the Jubilee, with an additional day off added to allow for four days of celebration — from June 2 to June 5, 2022.
The press release promises nothing short of spectacular for the event: “The four day celebrations will feature an extensive programme of events that mix the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays. These will be interspersed with the traditional nationwide fanfare and celebrations.”
Queen Elizabeth became queen on February 6, 1952, and is currently the oldest and longest-reigning monarch. She surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria in 2015 for the longest time spent on the throne.