Queen's Platinum Jubilee anniversary: Buckingham Palace releases full programme of events

By Sophie Corcoran & Ryan Merrifield & Karen Antcliff

2022 is the year that the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee and Buckingham Palace has now released the full programme of events to mark the event.

And extra good news for the nation, there'll be a four-day bank holiday weekend to add to the celebrations.

From the opening of private estates for the public to enjoy to street parties and some of the world's biggest stars performing outside Buckingham Palace, the list is jam packed.

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The Queen usually spends the anniversary of her accession privately at Sandringham, but this year recognises her 70th year on the throne and the UK will mark the event with a series of events.

However, the Mirror reports that is not clear which events Queen Elizabeth II will attend or take part in as she was ordered to rest by doctors in October last year following an overnight hospital stay for unspecified preliminary investigations.

The bulk of the Jubilee duties are thought likely to be given to the rest of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Official Jubilee celebrations will begin on Monday when Fortnum & Mason launches the Platinum Pudding Competition to find a dish to dedicate to the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

Recipes will be judged by an expert panel including Dame Mary Berry.

It is hoped it will serve as a long-lasting reminder, alongside the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, which will continue to plant new trees to present to her at the end of the year.

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Queen Elizabeth II waves as she sits with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham (PA)

From May 12 to 15, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will take the audience through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.

More ceremonies are to take place later in the year, starting on Thursday, June 2, the first day of the special four-day bank holiday, when the Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will take place in Horse Guards Parade.

On the same day, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.

On Friday, June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral, before the star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday, June 4.

Performers are yet to be named but it is being billed as bringing together some of the world's biggest names in entertainment.

People across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, June 5, the final day of the bank holiday break.

Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the long weekend.

Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen's reign in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see a River Of Hope - made up of 200 silk flags - make its way along the Mall.

As part of the celebrations for the 95-year-old monarch, schoolchildren across the country have been invited to create a picture of their hopes for the planet over the next 70 years, and some of their designs will be put onto the flags.

From July, three displays marking the Queen's accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at the official royal residences.

All the events taking place for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Monday, January 10: "Platinum Pudding competition"

The competition is inviting members of the public to create a dish to dedicate to the Queen's reign.

Thursday, May 12 until Sunday, May 15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration

More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show taking the Windsor Castle audience through history right from Elizabeth I to the present day.

Bank Holiday: June 2: Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)

The colour will be trooped on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The UK will join the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. The Principal Beacon will also be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Friday, June 3: Service of Thanksgiving

The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral.

Saturday, June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace

Some of the world's greatest entertainers are billed to perform at the concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen's reign.

Sunday, June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch

Street parties are being planned across the UK and neighbours are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. It will mark the end of the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen's reign through a pageant that will include a "River of Hope" section made up of 200 silk flags that will make its way through The Mall, appearing like a moving river.

July: The Royal Collection Trust

Three displays marking the Queen's accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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