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  • There would be a four-day Bank Holiday weekend 
  • A pageant featuring over 5,000 people will take place
  • Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 following the death of her father

Buckingham Palace revealed Wednesday some details of the celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee next year. The queen is expected to become the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne.

There would be a four-day Bank Holiday weekend from June 2 to June 5, 2022. Events would include Trooping the Colour – an annual public festivity for Queen Elizabeth's birthday, the lighting of Platinum Jubilee beacons, a derby at Epsom Downs, a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral, the big Jubilee Lunch, a live concert called "Platinum Party at the Palace" and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

"A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets," the statement read. "It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival, and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty's reign, as well as honoring the collective service of people and communities across the country."

While fans expect a grand celebration next year, royal watchers claimed that things would be different, especially after the death of Prince Philip in April and the current global health crisis. "There has been some slowing down for several years, but she is still very engaged," BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell stated.

Aside from the events, Queen Elizabeth and the members of the royal family would also travel around the United Kingdom to undertake a number of engagements to mark the historic occasion, which would be concluded with the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, when she was just 25 years old, after the untimely death of her father, King George VI. However, her coronation took place 16 months later after a grieving period. She became the head of the Commonwealth and Queen Regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: Ceylon, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The queen tied the knot with the late Prince Philip, who also holds the title Duke of Edinburgh, on Nov. 20, 1947. The royal couple had four children: Charles, Anne, Edward and Andrew.

Queen Elizabeth II, who has been on the throne since 1952 and is now 94, remains hugely popular Queen Elizabeth II, who has been on the throne since 1952 and is now 94, remains hugely popular Photo: POOL / Ben STANSALL