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Royals unveil historic Platinum Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II in 2022

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Don Johnson
Queen Elizabeth II is seen during the Diamond Jubilee on June 5, 2012, which marked the 60th anniversary of her ascending to the the British throne. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Queen Elizabeth II is seen during the Diamond Jubilee on June 5, 2012, which marked the 60th anniversary of her ascending to the the British throne. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

June 2 (UPI) -- The British royal family unveiled plans Wednesday for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee next year, which will mark her 70th year as Britain's monarch.

Buckingham Palace said the four-day celebration will be held from June 2-5, 2022, and will include a concert on June 4 with the "the world's biggest entertainment stars."

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The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be held in front of Buckingham Palace on the final day.

Buckingham Palace noted that Queen Elizabeth II will be the only British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. She was honored with a Diamond Jubilee in 2012, a Golden Jubilee in 2002 and a Silver Jubilee in 1977.

The queen, who ascended to the British throne in 1952, will be 96 during the event.

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A parade on the first day of the jubilee, the traditional Trooping the Color, will include more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. It has been held annually for more than 260 years to mark the official birthday of the British sovereign.

Also on the first day, beacons will be lit nationwide and capital cities of commonwealth nations will light torches for the first time to honor the queen's reign.

On June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen will be held at St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Other events honoring the queen, who turned 95 on April 21, will also be held throughout 2022, officials said. The Platinum Jubilee will be the first such celebration without the queen's husband, Prince Philip, who died in April.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II turns 95

Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, travel in an open state carriage during the annual "Trooping the Colour" to celebrate the queen's 90th birthday at The Mall in London on June 11, 2016. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II annual birthday parade and dates back to the era of King Charles II. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

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