Britain will celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne in 2022 with an extra day off as part of a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend.
A packed schedule of events will recognise the historic milestone to “reflect on the monarch’s reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952”, the government has revealed.
A “once-in-a-generation show” will form part of an extensive programme of events showcasing the best of “British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays”, according to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
On February 6, 2017, she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne.
Moments in London and other major cities will welcome special events alongside communities across the UK and the Commonwealth.
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In keeping with tradition, a Platinum Jubilee medal will be awarded to people who work in public service including representatives of the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison services.
Mr 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.”