Every year, Google publishes some of the most popular searches of the year and 2022 was no exception. Called “Year in Search”, the 2022 dashboard not only shows the most searched searches in general, but also breaks down those searches into types such as news, people, actors, athletes, sports matches, movies, deaths, recipes, songs and TV shows. The data was released on December 7, 2022. It is possible to filter them so that one can see the results globally or for a specific country, such as the United States or the United Kingdom.
This year, Buckingham Palace topped the list for cultural landmarks, with a small spike in surges between 29 May and 4 June and another surge at the beginning of September, between 4 and 10.
The former is explained by the bank holiday weekend (2-5 June) in the UK declared on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‘s platinum jubilee. The celebration of the late Queen’s 70 years of the throne saw thousands gathering on the Mall before Buckingham Palace. The four days of festivities concluded with a concert at the palace, with famous artists like Queen, Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Ed Sheeran on the setlist.
The latter spike in searches was around the time Queen Elizabeth passed away, on 8 September. Once again, thousands of people showed up at Buckingham Palace to show their appreciation and respect for the monarch.
The rest of the of the top 5 googled landmarks showed relatively steady searches throughout the year.