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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Brits to get FOUR DAY Bank Holiday full of celebrations to mark 70 years on the throne

BRITS are braced for a huge four-day Bank Holiday weekend this summer as the Queen marks her Platinum Jubilee. The four-day bonanza, which falls on the first weekend of June, is set to be bursting with treats from Her Majesty, 95, as she celebrates 70 years on the throne. A huge national pudding competition will […] ...

BRITS are braced for a huge four-day Bank Holiday weekend this summer as the Queen marks her Platinum Jubilee.

The four-day bonanza, which falls on the first weekend of June, is set to be bursting with treats from Her Majesty, 95, as she celebrates 70 years on the throne.

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The Queen will treat Brits to a four day weekend bursting with celebrations in June[/caption]

A huge national pudding competition will make up some of the celebrations, while thousands of jubilee lunches will be held to honour Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch.

The May Bank Holiday Weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2 to fit in festivities.

And the weekend will be extended with an extra day off on Friday, June 3.

Buckingham Palace said the extra long weekend will provide “an opportunity for communities throughout the United Kingdom to come together and celebrate the historic milestone”.

It added in a statement: “The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

“In addition, initiatives including The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Platinum Pudding competition will create a lasting reminder of The Queen’s Jubilee, while The Queen’s private estates will also join in with special Jubilee themed events offering more opportunities for members of the public to celebrate the historic milestone.”

The Platinum Pudding Competition will see Brits battle it out to create a pudding fit for a queen, with everyone aged eight and over allowed to apply.

Five finalists will then prepare their pudding for an expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan.

The winning recipe will be made available to the public – and the pudding will be enjoyed at Big Jubilee Lunches and “by generations to come”.

Her Majesty’s Green Canopy, meanwhile, will see thousands of trees planted in the Queen’s honour, including “celebration trees”, “new majestic avenues of trees”, “urban planting”, and “expansive new forests that will benefit future generations”.

Here’s what you can expect over the platinum Bank Holiday Weekend.

THURSDAY JUNE 2

The long weekend will start with a bang as the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) is held.

The colour will be trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, together with hundreds of Army musicians and horses.

On the same day, over 1500 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee.

Beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries, with the Principal beacon will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

FRIDAY JUNE 3

On the Friday, a Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Further details of the are expected to be announced in due course.

SATURDAY JUNE 4

On the Saturday, the BBC will host a huge ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ – a live concert bringing together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate some of the most significant moments from The Queen’s reign.

All UK residents can enter a ballot to secure tickets, set to launch in February.

SUNDAY JUNE 5

A Big Jubilee Lunch will then be held up and down the country on June 5, with over 1,400 people having registered to host their own big lunch so far.

Other celebrations include the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign in a festival of creativity.

The London based Pageant is said to combine “pomp and ceremony, street arts, theatre, music, circus, costumes as well as cutting-edge visual technology”.

A ‘River of Hope’ section will also see two hundred silk flags process down The Mall, appearing like a moving river.

From 12th -15th May the Platinum Jubilee Celebration will see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers and global equestrian displays.

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Thousands of street parties are expected across the UK[/caption]

Richard Pohle – The Times

Brits will be given a four-day weekend to celebrate the occasion[/caption]

Brits will be treated to a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in June 2022

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