The UK public is set to enjoy an extra-long weekend in June 2022 with the government announcing a special bank holiday to mark the Queen reaching 70 years reign on the British throne.
The Platinum Jubilee bank holiday and an adjusted Late May Bank Holiday will create a four-day weekend from 2 to 5 June filled with events to celebrate the nation’s longest reigning monarch.
The Late May Bank Holiday is usually observed on the last Monday in May. To create the Platinum Jubilee weekend in 2022, The Late May Bank Holiday will now be observed on Thursday 2 June with the new one-off jubilee bank holiday created for Friday 3 June.
The government’s culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “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.”
The government is now working with the Royal Household and “leading creative minds” to plan the weekend’s events.
There have only been three special jubilee bank holidays during Her Majesty’s long reign: being for her silver, golden and diamond jubilees. The platinum jubilee celebration in 2022 is to be a once-in-a-generation event, with no monarch ever reaching 70 years on the throne and future monarchs unlikely to do so due to their age at ascension.