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Britons to use four-day public holiday weekend to celebrate Queen UK News

The British will use an additional public holiday to celebrate the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate the occasion of having ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, when she was 25 years old.

The nation will come together to mark its 70th year on the throne and will be given an extra day off to participate in a four-day weekend of “blockbuster” celebrations.

The May 2022 bank holiday weekend will be moved to Thursday June 2 and there will be an additional bank holiday on Friday June 3.

Elizabeth II – the longest reigning monarch in the country – turned 69 on the throne on February 6, which means she is less than a year away from her platinum jubilee.

The Queen was seated on the throne at the age of just 25 when her father, King George VI, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of February 6, 1952, from lung cancer.

Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya at the time on a Commonwealth tour and returned home as monarch.

Times Series: The Queen sets foot on UK soil for the first time since joining as she lands at London Airport after the death of George VI (PA)The Queen sets foot on British soil for the first time since joining as she lands at London Airport after the death of George VI (PA)

The celebrations will include a busy schedule of events that have yet to be announced and which depend on the progress of the coronavirus pandemic.

The commemorations will blend the splendor and pageantry of British ceremonies with cutting-edge art and technological exhibits.

Street parties are synonymous with royal jubilees and the nation will be encouraged to join – if the coronavirus allows – with its neighbors for street gatherings across the UK.

People will also be encouraged to plant a tree for the Platinum Jubilee, the campaign, known as The Queen’s Green Canopy, will launch in May.

Times Series: The Queen's Green Canopy, will launch in May.The Queen’s Green Canopy will launch in May.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves an unforgettable celebration.

“We can all look forward to a special four-day Jubilee weekend, in which we will put on a spectacular show once in a generation that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendor 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.”

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This notice was published: 2021-06-02 09:39:16

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