The celebrations marking 60 years of the Queen's reign will centre around an extended weekend in 2012 on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June.
The 2012 late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will be on Tuesday 5 June 2012.
Schools in England and Wales will be able to close on Tuesday 5 June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. If a school is already closed on 5 June for half term or another reason, it will be able to close on an alternative day.
The Queen's reign began on 6th February 1952 upon the death of her father, George VI (the stutterer from The King's Speech). The coronation was June 2nd 1953, a year later, to allow time for an official period of mourning. Presumably it is to honour this latter date that the bank holidays have been chosen.
Photo: Muriel Delahaye, "Bank Holiday Monday"