Australia to honour Platinum Jubilee with national events

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Media release
01 Jan 2022
Prime Minister

Australia will hold a range of national and community events in 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates The Queen’s 70 years of dedicated service to Australia and the Commonwealth.

“Seventy years of service is a truly immense achievement, and we are proud to join with other Commonwealth nations to celebrate this milestone,” the Prime Minister said.

“Her Majesty has always held a deep affection and close connection with the people of Australia.”

“We plan to hold a range of events to coincide with key dates throughout 2022, to show our respect and appreciation for seven decades of service.”

Celebrations will include the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon in Canberra, the release of commemorative stamps and coins, as well as illuminating monuments all around Australia.

Prime Minister Morrison said one of the key events would be renaming Aspen Island in The Queen’s honour.

“Aspen Island in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, the home of the National Carillon, will be renamed Queen Elizabeth II Island during a special event in June 2022,” the Prime Minister said.

“Given the National Carillon was officially opened by Her Majesty in 1970, it is only fitting that Aspen Island should be renamed in recognition of her many years of service to Australia.

“This ceremony will also include dedicating the new Queen Elizabeth Water Gardens, which will transform the nearby foreshore as well as improve water quality.”

The Island and Water Gardens will display the Commonwealth flags.

Further events, activities and celebrations to recognise the Platinum Jubilee will be announced throughout 2022.

Australians will also be able to submit a personal message of thanks to Her Majesty.

More information is available at and further details of celebrations will be published on throughout 2022.

Further information

  • Her Majesty The Queen has visited Australia on 16 occasions:
    • 1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011
  • Further information and history about Aspen Island and the National Carillon, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, can be found on the NCA website.
  • Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be held across Australia on key dates in 2022, including:
  • 6 February – 70th anniversary of the accession of The Queen
  • 14 March – Commonwealth Day
  • 2 June – The Queen’s Coronation Day (held in 1953)
  • 2 to 5 June – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 
  • Monday 13 June – The Queen’s Birthday holiday (NSW; VIC; SA; TAS; ACT; & NT) (WA 26 September; QLD 3 October)