When is the Jubilee bank (public) holiday?
The United Kingdom is celebrating this amazing Platinum Jubilee over 4 days, starting on Thursday 2nd June and ending on Sunday 5th June with a whole series of events plus thousands of locally organised street parties.
Why are we celebrating the Jubilee?
On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.” – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend. There are three words that, more than any others, sum up Her Majesty The Queen: duty, dedication and service. – Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022
Her Majesty actually became Queen on February 6th 70 years ago. However, as that date marked the death of her father, King George VI, it was not a date that she wished to celebrate.
How will the Jubilee be celebrated?
There are plenty of events planned across the Commonwealth and the UK.
- One of the main events taking place on Thursday 2nd of June will be Trooping the Colour. This is the Queen’s official birthday parade presented this year by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division. On this day 1,500 beacons are going to be lit across the UK and in the capital cities of Commonwealth countries. The ceremony is going to be streamed on the BBC and Sky television but also overseas too.
In the Comms home town of Epsom, there is a beacon on Epsom Downs, which are the hills to the south of Epsom, which offer a magnificent panorama over Central London and beyond. This will be visible over many miles.
- Also on Thursday 2nd, there will be a fly past over Central London of 70 military aircraft from different eras, leaving a colourful trail of red, white and blue as they fly over Buckingham Palace.
- A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Friday, June 3rd. The largest church bell in the UK will be rung for The Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral.
- On Saturday the 4th of June, the Royal family is expected to attend The Derby horse racing event at Epsom. The inaugural running of The Derby was held in May 1780. The Queen is a big fan of horse racing and loves to attend The Derby.
- Following The Derby at Epsom Downs, there is going to be the Platinum Party at the Palace, which is a live concert with famous artists such as: Queen, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Sir Rod Stewart and UK Eurovision singer Sam Ryder.
- On the final day of this 4-day celebration there is going to be another performance in front of Buckingham Palace. The Platinum Jubilee Pageant is going to honour Her Majesty’s 70-year reign by telling the story of her reign in four separate Acts.
Comms Multilingual will be closed on June 2nd and 3rd, and we are back to normal from Monday, June 6th.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022 – link to post