By David Wilkes for the Daily Mail
Britain will get an extra bank holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen's platinum anniversary.
Friday June 3rd has been selected as an additional day off. The bank holiday at the end of May is also being postponed to Thursday June 2nd to create a special four-day weekend.
A blockbuster festival program is being developed to mark the historic milestone when Her Majesty will be the first British monarch to rule in 70 years.
The extra bank holiday is the focus of a blockbuster festival program being developed to mark the historic milestone when Her Majesty will be the first British monarch to rule in 70 years
All holidays in 2021
Friday January 1st – New Years Day
Friday April 2nd – Good Friday
Monday April 5th – Easter Monday
Monday, May 3rd – public holiday in early May
Monday May 31st – Spring Holiday
Friday June 3rd – The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Monday, August 30th – summer holiday
Monday, December 27th – Christmas Day (because Christmas is on a Saturday in 2021)
Tuesday, December 28th – Boxing Day (because Boxing Day is on a Sunday in 2021)
The organizers say it will combine traditional splendor and ceremonial splendor with cutting edge artistic and technological performances.
A series of events are scheduled to run over four days from June 2-5, 2022, reflecting the Queen's reign and its impact on Britain and the world since her accession in 1952.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The platinum anniversary is an opportunity for the Queen to express his gratitude for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received during her reign.
"The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to attend the celebrations."
At 94, the Queen is the longest-living monarch in British history.
She surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving ruler five years ago.
In 2017, the Queen became the first British monarch to reach her sapphire anniversary – 65 years on the throne.
The Queen ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, following the sudden death of her father, George VI. However, their coronation did not take place until June 2, 1953.
The royal household and the department for digital, culture, media and sport are jointly organizing the celebrations for the platinum anniversary.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Her Majesty's Platinum Anniversary will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves an unforgettable celebration.
The mall is crowded during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Friday June 3rd has been selected as an additional day off. The bank holiday in late May has also been postponed to Thursday June 2 to create a special four-day weekend
“We can all look forward to a special four-day anniversary weekend where we will host a spectacular one-of-a-kind show that combines the best of British ceremonial splendor with cutting-edge art and technology.
William and Kate's holiday wedding
In 2011, a bank holiday was declared across the UK for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
On that day, April 29, great festivals were celebrated across the country. In London, people lined the streets to see the royal couple on their trip to Westminster Abbey.
Street festivals took place elsewhere as well, and thousands piled up in public parks to watch the occasion on big screens.
"It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together to pay tribute to Her Majesty's reign."
The Royal Household and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are organizing the commemorations, which will be developed with some of the UK's leading creative minds, promoters and world class digital design companies.
At the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the Diamond Jubilee River Thames pageant took place alongside a concert with Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney.
At the pageant, in which a flotilla of 1,000 boats sailed along the Thames, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry waved to the assembled crowds from the upper deck of the royal barge.
At the concert that followed, Prince Charles gave an emotional speech in which he paid tribute to "Your Majesty … Mama" and thanked her for "making us proud to be British".
The royal family then attended a special service at St Paul's Cathedral before watching the red arrows fly by from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Street festivals were also held across the country.
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