What’s next for the Queen in 2022 – from Platinum Jubilee to Prince Andrew legal battle


The palace has already announced Brits will get a four-day bank holiday in the summer to mark Her Majesty’s remarkable time as monarch but the year could have some ups and downs

The Queen has a rollercoaster year ahead
The Queen has a rollercoaster year ahead

The Queen has a busy year in store for 2022 but it looks set to be a mix of highs and lows as she celebrates 70 years on the throne, but will also be faced with the fallout from Prince Andrew’s court case.

The palace has already announced Brits will get a four-day bank holiday in the summer to mark Her Majesty’s remarkable time as monarch.

But events could be overshadowed by the release of Prince Harry’s tell-all memoirs and accusations against Prince Andrew.

On Tuesday, January 4, Judge Lewis Kaplan will hear arguments on the motion to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s case against Prince Andrew.

Ms Giuffre has claimed she was sex trafficked to the Duke of York on three occasions by Epstein, the first time when she was 17 in London.

Prince Andrew, who is ninth in line to the throne and was a close pal of Ghislaine Maxwell, has consistently and vehemently denied her claims.

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Prince Harry’s upcoming tell-all memoir could rock the Royal Family if he decides to detail the “huge amount of hurt” he felt in his former position, a royal expert claims.

Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt believes the Duke of Sussex is upset with how his “exit” from the institution was handled.

The Prince, who now lives in the US with wife Meghan Markle, may also open old wounds about his poor relationship with older brother, Prince William.

Harry revealed during his bombshell Oprah interview that his marriage to the former Suits actress also affected the bond with his dad, Prince Charles.

The book will hit shelves next year, but it’s unknown whether it will be released before or after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

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Queen Elizabeth II will be 96 by the time the landmark is reached, making her the first sovereign to reign for seven decades.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 will see a series of events reflecting HM’s time at the helm, after she succeeded her father to the throne in 1952 aged just 25.

She actually took over on February 6, but as that was also the date of King George VI’s death, she pushed the celebrations back to the summer.

Details announced include Trooping the Colour returning to London, royals attending the Epsom Derby and a music concert at the Palace.

There will also be The Big Jubilee Lunch and a pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth.

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The itinerary for the four-day celebrations will include:

Thursday 2nd June

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) : Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The UK’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

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Friday 3 rdJune

Service of Thanksgiving : A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Further events will be announced in due course.

Saturday 4 thJune

The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace : The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.

Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.

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Sunday 5 thJune

The Big Jubilee Lunch : Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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.

It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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