The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022  


Wednesday 2nd June 2021 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022  

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a  Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February  1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old. 

There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the  Commonwealth and around the world as communities and people come together to  celebrate The Queen’s historic reign. Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the  Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark  this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in  June – one year from today. 

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an  opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together  to celebrate the historic milestone. Across the four days the celebrations will include public  events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflections on The Queen’s  70 years of service. 

Thursday 2nd June 

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200  horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s  official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.  

Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s  Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the  Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal  Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark 

the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands,  Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. 

For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth  countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Friday 3rd June 

Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St  Paul’s Cathedral. Further events will be announced in due course. 

Saturday 4th June 

The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the  Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. 

Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from  Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars  to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade  reign. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details  of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.  

Sunday 5th June 

The Big Jubilee Lunch: Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has  encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little  bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring  the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.  

People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum  Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and  cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event. 

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the  United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of  Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theatre, music,  circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as  honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country.  

Further announcements: 

Later this month details of a special Jubilee emblem competition, in conjunction with the  Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum and the Royal College of Arts, will be  released. The winning entry will become the official emblem for the celebrations next year.  

More information on the details of the central weekend and other celebratory events across  the UK and around the Commonwealth will be made in the months to come.