Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee: when is it and how many bank holidays will there be?

From puddings to parties, it's a historic platinum celebration

Buckingham Palace has unveiled the full programme of events — from street parties and a star-studded concert to a new pudding recipe — to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

There will also be the chance to enter the Queen's private estates as celebrations culminate in a four-day UK bank holiday from June 2 to 5.

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.

The Sandringham and Balmoral estates 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, outside Buckingham Palace.

It is not clear which events the Queen will attend or take part as 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.

Here are all of the events taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

January 10: Platinum Pudding competition

The competition invites members of the public to create a dish to dedicate to Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Recipes will be judged by a panel that includes food writer and chef Dame Mary Berry.

Arrangements for the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee have been announced. Reuters

May 12-15: 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 from Elizabeth I to the present day.

Bank holiday: June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)

A display of horsemanship and military precision on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division.

Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open to visitors to enjoy the celebrations during the bank holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The UK will lead the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories in lighting beacons to mark the jubilee. The principal beacon will be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

June 3: Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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 Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

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 Queen Elizabeth’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 Princess Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, her Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Updated: January 10th 2022, 8:33 AM