A four-day bank holiday weekend will mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next summer to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
National events will include a live concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars, a service of thanksgiving and, perhaps the Queen’s own highlight, a day at the races.
The 2022 break will run from Thursday 2 June until Sunday 5 June, with the late May bank holiday moving to 2 June to allow the extended break.
It is part of a planned year of events to mark the first time a British sovereign has been on the throne for seven decades.
The Queen and other royals will travel around the country carrying out a range of royal engagements culminating with the platinum jubilee weekend.
A live concert will be staged at Buckingham Palace – Platinum Party at the Palace – during the Saturday of the long weekend. Performers have yet to be named but it is billed as bringing together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars.
The Queen, a keen horse breeder, and her family will fill the royal box for the Derby, held at Epsom Downs in Surrey, before the concert.
The weekend will begin on Thursday with t trooping the colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.
Platinum jubilee beacons will also be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas territories – a tradition used to celebrate royal jubilees, weddings and coronations.
For the first time the ceremonial bonfires will be set ablaze in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate the Queen’s milestone.
A service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Saturday.
Communities across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch during the Sunday, the final day of the bank holiday weekend.
Details of a competition to design the official emblem for the celebrations will be announced this month. 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.