This is not a drill – a new four-day bank holiday weekend has been confirmed for 2022.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that bank holidays are the best days of the year – they’re right up there with Christmas and Pancake Day. There’s nothing quite like a long weekend to put you in a good mood, and we’re getting an extra one soon! In honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there’ll be a four-day bank holiday celebration in 2022. I can truly think of no greater way to commemorate a 70-year reign than having two extra days off work…
To accommodate for the four-day weekend, the May Spring Bank Holiday will be moved to Thursday, June 2 when the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will commence. The day off on Friday, June 3, however, has been specially created for the event and the celebration will conclude on Sunday, June 5. While the long weekend is all about the Queen, a Platinum medal will also be awarded to those in the Armed Forces and other public services.
The Queen has been on the throne since 1952, and is set to become the first British monarch to reign for seven decades! Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, is already planning a number of epic events and performances to mark the occasion.
For context, the 2012 celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee resulted in a river-side concert starring Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Sir Paul McCartney. So only God knows what will be in store this time round! And according to Buckingham Palace, the Queen wants as many people celebrating the momentous occasion on the grounds as possible. You don’t have to ask us twice Lizzie.
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.” We’re already counting down the days.