Long may she reign! Queen Elizabeth to celebrate Platinum Jubilee with UK getting four-day weekend

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  • Queen Elizabeth will celebrate 70 years on the throne in 2022.
  • Celebrations will be held across the UK to mark her Platinum Jubilee, with a four-day weekend.
  • The UK government has promised a "blockbuster" celebration that will "mix the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays".

Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Her Majesty is currently the longest-reigning monarch, being the first to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee – 65 years on the throne – in 2017.

Now on 6 February 2022 she will celebrate 70 years as queen, reports BBC, and people across the UK will get a four-day weekend as a result from 1-5 June – the later date because, as in the case of Her Majesty's annual birthday celebrations, the weather's just a whole lot better.

So the late May Spring Bank Holiday that year will be moved to Thursday 2 June, and the UK will get an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June, hence the four-day weekend.

Celebrations will be held by the royal family, with Platinum Jubilee medals to be awarded to people who work in public service, including representatives of the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison services, but it is a weekend the queen hopes everyone will take part in.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign. The queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations."

The UK is to expect a "blockbuster" celebration, reports The Guardian. The government says the weekend will "mix the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays".   

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