When is the public holiday and what events are planned?
What events are planned for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations?
From May 12-15the Platinum Jubilee celebration will see more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute arena play that will include actors and performers, musicians, international military shows, dancers and world horse shows .
The show takes place in the same arena used by the Royal Windsor Horse Show during the day and is the fourth in a series of events at the same venue which have marked significant moments in the Queen’s life.
Simon Brooks-Ward, the event’s producer and director, said the celebration will be “very theatrical”, with respectfully “joyful, humorous and fun” elements alongside reverence.
A cast of ‘Queen’s Players’ will appear, in a nod to Shakespeare, along with the Household Cavalry and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, and ‘box office artists’ in the weeks leading up to the main celebrations.
Dame Helen Mirren and Stephen Fry have already helped launch the event, dubbed A Gallop Through History, and will raise money for charities including those supporting the NHS and key workers.
The late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday and an additional bank holiday added on Friday June 3 to create a four-day weekend, while pub opening hours are extended to 1am .
Thusday, June 2, the Queen will attend the Parade of the Flag. More than 1,400 marching soldiers, 1,000 dancers and musicians and 500 horses will assemble at Buckingham Palace and march down the Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and carriages.
The event will be capped off with an RAF flypast, which will be watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family from the palace balcony.
On the same day, over 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK and in Commonwealth capitals, with the main beacon being burned in a special ceremony at the Palace.
Friday, June 3, will see a “thanksgiving service” take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Saturday, June 4the Queen and her family members will attend the Derby at Epsom ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace, which will be hosted and broadcast by the BBC.
Buckingham Palace has yet to name the performers, but said the live concert ‘will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most meaningful and joyful moments of the Queen’s seven-decade reign’ .
Members of the public will be invited to apply to participate via a UK resident ballot.
The prestigious Derby is the only classic on the flat racing calendar that the Queen has yet to win and it would be a dream come true for the monarch to achieve this with a rider in her jubilee year.
Finally on SundayJune 5people will be encouraged to hold street parties to join the Big Jubilee Lunch, ahead of the final event of the weekend, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
A lunchtime picnic, The Windsor Big Lunch, is set to become the longest ever.
A dragon puppet larger than a double-decker bus, marching bands and circus acts will celebrate the Queen’s reign in the streets of London.
Organizers said the event, with a private budget of between £10m and £15m, is expected to be one of the biggest celebratory events in decades.
Nicholas Coleridge, the competition’s co-chair, said the whole Jubilee “will be something of a re-opening ceremony for the UK, after a time of uncertainty and hardship, a catalyst moment of unity and fun”.
A trapeze artist suspended below a huge balloon printed with an image of the Queen will be among the performers, along with military bands and a nod to the monarch’s affection for corgis and horses.
A specially written fairy tale by acclaimed author Sir Michael Morpurgo, There Once Is A Queen, will be brought to life by artists, and a River of Hope, made up of 200 silk flags designed by schoolchildren, will wind its way along the center commercial.
It is not yet known which events the Queen will attend herself.
Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open to visitors to enjoy the celebrations throughout the June long weekend.
Three special exhibitions marking significant events in the Queen’s reign – the accession, coronation and jubilees – will be held at the official royal residences from July 2022.
This should include a range of portraits as well as jewelry and outfits worn for every occasion, kept at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
What other information has been announced?
As the date approaches, other plans have been made for the occasion.
Platinum Jubilee Emblem
The Platinum Jubilee Emblem was announced in August 2021, following a competition judged by industry experts.
The winner of the contest was Edward Roberts, a 19-year-old graphic design student. Its design was a royal purple, with a stylized crown drawn with an unbroken line, which incorporated the number 70.
Mr Roberts, from Southwell in Nottinghamshire, said at the time: “It’s just an incredible feeling to win. I thought I had achieved something by reaching the top 100, so to win it I was over the moon. .”