The English capital is set to host marching bands, a giant dragon puppet and circus acts as part of a spectacular show to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, it was revealed today.
Central London will come alive with color, street theater and dance in honor of the monarch’s long reign in what has been described as “a sort of reopening ceremony for the UK”.
On February 6, 2022, the Queen will have reigned as monarch for 70 years, the first time a British sovereign will reach such a landmark – with a four-day public holiday in preparation for the British to mark the occasion in June.
Details of the competition, to be held on Sunday June 5 next year, were revealed at the official launch at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Tuesday.
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Plans for the Platinum Jubilee competition were unveiled today at the V&A Museum in London with competition master Adrian Evans detailing the highlights of next year’s celebration to be held on Sunday, June 5.
The Sunday show will consist of three acts, with the first seeing both serving soldiers and veterans parading along the mall outside Buckingham Palace (Photo: The Queen of Scots this week visiting workers and key volunteers at Holyrood House)
Organizers, including contest master Adrian Evans, said the event, with a budget of between £ 10m and £ 15m and involving participants from across the UK and parts of the Commonwealth, should to be one of the biggest celebratory events organized on national soil for decades.
Throughout the year, the Queen and members of the Royal Family will travel the country to witness a series of milestone events, culminating with the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.
Buckingham Palace has said the extended 2022 hiatus will run from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 after the May public holiday – which would have been Monday May 30 – was pushed back.
The four-day weekend will begin on Thursday with Trooping the Color, which will be fully staged for the first time since the pandemic, and a thanksgiving service for the Queen’s reign will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral the Saturday.
Plans for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations were first released today as the Queen celebrates her 69th birthday on the British throne. Pictured are crowds outside Buckingham Palace
Sunday’s show will consist of three acts, with the first seeing both serving soldiers and veterans take part in a march along the mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The second act, titled Celebration, will feature a puppet dragon larger than a double-decker bus with a wingspan the width of The Mall.
Other participants will include a trapeze artist suspended under a huge balloon printed with an image of the Queen, as well as acrobats and other artists.
The specially written fairy tale Once Upon a Queen by famous author Sir Michael Morpurgo will come to life thanks to artists on this day.
On Thursday of next year’s events, Trooping the Color (pictured) is expected to be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic
The Queen is pictured at another celebration holding bouquets given to her by the British
The competition will nod to each decade of the Queen’s reign and feature horses and corgis to reflect her passions.
Nicholas Coleridge, co-chair of the competition, said: “The Platinum Jubilee weekend is an opportunity for the country to emerge invigorated and renewed, expressing optimism and confidence.
“It will be like a reopening ceremony for the UK, after a period of uncertainty and difficulty, a moment that catalyzes unity and fun.
The Queen is pictured at a previous celebration taking flowers to enthusiastic crowds
“Through the fusion of ceremonial and pageantry with razzmatazz and festival, we intend to create a show that is both energizing and memorable and a fitting tribute to the Queen. “
Details of the third act of the contest, the finale, are being kept under wraps at this time.
The competition will be funded by the private sector, organizers said, through a mix of business partners, companies and individuals.
The holiday celebration will be marked by national events, including a live concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars at a service of thanksgiving – and a day at the races.
Individual royals have yet to be named in the plans, but it is likely that the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the monarchy will attend various events.
A live concert will be organized at Buckingham Palace – Platinum Party at the Palace – during the Saturday of the long weekend. The artists have yet to be named, but it is supposed to bring together some of the biggest entertainment stars in the world to celebrate the most important and joyous moments in the Queen’s seven decades of reign.
Other highlights include a day at the races for the Queen – an avid horse breeder – and her family who will fill the Royal Box at the Derby, to be held at Epsom Downs, ahead of the concert.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Color): More than 1,400 marching soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will gather in the traditional parade to mark the official birthday of the Queen, which usually takes place on the second Saturday of June.
From Buckingham Palace, the parade will move along the Mall to the Horse Guard Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in horse-drawn carriages. The parade will conclude with the traditional RAF flypast, watched by the Queen and members of the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Platinum Jubilee Tags: The UK’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of tags will continue to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit across the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the British Overseas Territories.
For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capitals of Commonwealth countries to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Friday, June 3, 2022
Thanksgiving Service: A thanksgiving service for the Queen’s reign will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Further events will be announced in due course.
Saturday, June 4, 2022
The Epsom Downs Derby: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will attend the Epsom Downs Derby.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will host and broadcast a special Buckingham Palace live concert that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most important and joyous moments in the Queen’s seven decades of rule. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and voting details for UK residents to secure hearing tickets will be released in due course.
Sunday June 5, 2022
The Great Jubilee Luncheon: Every year since the idea began in 2009, the Great Luncheon has encouraged communities to celebrate their bonds and get to know each other better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022, The Big Lunch will bring Jubilee celebrations to the heart of every community.
People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with their neighbors as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Great Jubilee lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or barbecue in the garden. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for organizing an event.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A contest featuring over 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theater, music, circus, carnival and costume and will celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, while honoring the collective service of people and communities across the country.