History is being made this year 2022, as Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of accession to the Throne; reigning as monarch since 1952.
To commemorate this momentous anniversary, The Queen’s Birthday public holiday will be celebrated on the 3rd June 2022 throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, and not on 13th June 2022, as previously observed. Additionally, 6th June 2022 will also be observed as a public holiday throughout the islands to further commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. These two (2) holiday days will offer a unique four-day weekend celebration. Next year the holiday will revert to a singular holiday celebration for the Queen’s Birthday.
The four-day celebration will feature an expanded programme of events in the Nation’s Capital of Grand Turk which includes: a tree planting ceremony, a beacon lighting ceremony and a grand Queen’s Birthday Parade.
In keeping with tradition, Platinum Jubilee medals will be awarded to public servants for their exemplary performance over the years, as well as to the persons for 18, 25 and 30 years of service to the Crown.
Preceding the Jubilee celebrations which will begin in June, the long-awaited Queen’s Baton will make its appearance in the Turks and Caicos Islands in April. This celebrated baton will make its way throughout a number of islands, then continue its journey around the world before returning to Birmingham, England for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
As part of the Royal festivities, a number of special events will be held across the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth territories. These events will unite celebrants in their expressions of admiration for Her Majesty The Queen as she reaches this never-before attained milestone of 70 years as monarch.
The citizens and residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands will enjoy a special four-day weekend, that will be unique to 2022’s Jubilee celebration and will unite the islands in celebration with the greater Commonwealth to give tribute to Her Majesty’s historic reign.