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Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee earlier this year after marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth.
In honor of the milestone anniversary, thousands of street parties are planned to coincide with days of royal celebrations honoring the Queen’s historic reign, including two public holidays scheduled for Thursday and Friday for a holiday weekend of four days.
Buckingham Palace has shared that the Queen’s attendance at events throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend is unlikely to be confirmed until ‘the same day’, and Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have been tapped to lead the celebrations of the jubilee as senior members of the royal family.
The Royal Family’s official social media accounts have teased access to Jubilee preparations and will share a behind-the-scenes look at what’s to come for the big weekend in royal history.
First day: Parade of color
The annual parade to celebrate the Queen’s 96th birthday will mark the start of Jubilee events on Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).
Members of the Royal Family will ride in carriages and on horseback alongside more than 1,400 servicemen, 200 horses and 400 musicians from Buckingham Palace and the Mall to the Palace Horse Guards for the event which took place been postponed for the past two years due to the coronavirus.
A flypast featuring more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy will follow the parade, and the Queen is expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the parade and greet the public.
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Historically, the British monarch has paid tribute to her troops, known as the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade. This year his son Prince Charles, the heir to the British thronealong with his daughter Princess Anne and grandson Prince William, will take the salute instead during the military display.
She will be accompanied by three of her four children and their spouses: Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Anne and retired Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence; and Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
William and his wife Kate Middleton will also be on the balcony with their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. William, 39, is second in line to the throne after his father Charles, 73.
The Palace has confirmed that only serving senior members will appear on the balcony, meaning Prince Andrew, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will not be present.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BBC network.
Later this evening, thousands of Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit across Britain and across the Commonwealth, as the 21-metre Tree of Trees sculpture is illuminated in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace .
Second day: service of thanksgiving
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected at the Queen’s Reign Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, June 3, alongside family members.
Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, which was made in 1882 and restored in 2021, will be rung for the service. The bell has rung eight times since, but this is the first royal occasion it will ring.
Services begin at 11:30 a.m. with Bible readings, prayers and hymns, and a new hymn by Judith Weir, Queen’s Music Master, featuring lyrics from the third chapter of the Book of Proverbs.
Members of the Royal Family are expected at a reception in the Guildhall hosted by Lord Mayor from 12.25pm.
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Day 3: race day
The Queen and members of the Royal Family are due to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 4, where jockeys past and present are to form a guard of honor at one of Britain’s biggest horse racing events. Brittany. The stands open at 4:30 p.m. GMT (12:30 p.m. ET) and the event will be broadcast live on ITV1.
The stars are expected to turn out in droves for the Platinum Party at the Palace concert later in the evening where 22,000 people have been invited to attend the evening. Scheduled performances include Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Queen + Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Craig David, George Ezra and Ela Eyre.
David Beckham, Dame Julie Andrews and Sir David Attenborough are set to make appearances, while Elton John will give a specially recorded performance.
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Performances featuring cast and special guests from The Phantom Of The Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are also included in the event, with guest appearances from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin – Manuel Miranda.
Diana Ross will close the show with her first UK live performance in 15 years.
“I have had the honor of meeting the Queen on several occasions in my life, including when I was with my family,” Ross said in a press release from the BBC and Buckingham Palace.
“Her Majesty has been and continues to be an incredible inspiration to so many around the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such an important and historic occasion.”
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Day 4: Grand Final
More than 60,000 people have signed up to hold Big Jubilee Luncheons in a bid to set a world record for the longest street party with more than 10 million people expected to join in celebrations from Commonwealth communities on Sunday June 5.
Ten million people are expected to attend the luncheon, with international attendance from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.
A three-hour show will wrap up the weekend’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort.
The Queen is not expected to personally travel in the royal carriage, but a “fabulous surprise” is in store instead.
The pageant is an opportunity to highlight the Queen’s achievements over the past seven decades and culminates in a performance by Ed Sheeran, before a gospel choir and military band sing the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”.
The events will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer, with up to a billion viewers worldwide ready to tune in.
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