Brits to enjoy ‘spectacular’ four-day weekend to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Brits are to get an extra day off work to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

An extra Bank Holiday is planned as part of a special "once-in-a-generation" four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.

Next year's May Bank Holiday weekend will now take place from June 2 to coincide with the "spectacular" celebrations.

A series of events are expected to mark the milestone, but they will depend greatly on the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Secretary Oliver 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.

"It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty's reign."

Already the UK's longest-reigning monarch, the Queen's coronation took place on June 2, 1952 – four months after her dad, King George VI, died from lung cancer.

A government spokesperson added that it was hoped the people across the entire Commonwealth would be able to join in the celebrations with outdoor street parties and other communal festivities.

  • Queen in first appearance since Meghan and Harry row as she talks NASA Mars mission

"Spectacular moments in London and other major cities will be complemented by events in communities across the UK and the Commonwealth, allowing people to join together in celebration and thanks at a national and local level," they said.

"Plans for the Platinum Jubilee are being developed in conjunction with some of the UK’s leading creative minds, event organisers and world class digital design companies.

"Using the talents of the UK’s cultural and creative sectors, the programme will engage young people from across the Commonwealth and use new technology in exciting ways."

Source: Read Full Article