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Platinum Jubilee Pageant: What to Know About the Celebration


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Since Thursday, several celebrations have taken place in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen is the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 70 years on the throne.

Members of the Royal Family attended the Trooping the Color ceremony, service of thanksgiving and the Epsom Derby on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth has only missed two derby days during her reign, and this year marked the third.

The finale of the festivities celebrating the Queen is the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. Unlike previous events, the final celebration is open to the public.

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony during Trooping the Color on June 2, 2022 in London.
(Chris Jackson)

Westminster Abbey bells

To launch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, the bells of Westminster Abbey will ring as they did on Queen Elizabeth’s coronation day in 1953.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Band will then lead the Gold State Coach, drawn by eight Windsor Gray horses, through the streets near Buckingham Palace and show archival footage of a young Queen Elizabeth at her coronation.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant: What to Know About the Celebration

Queen Elizabeth with Prince Philip in the Gold State Coach during the procession from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral.
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Gold State Coach

Queen Elizabeth’s 18th Century Gold State Coach will parade through the streets of London during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. Although the queen is not in attendance, the palace said it will project past images of the queen in the carriage onto the carriage windows.

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It has been 20 years since the 260-year-old car was removed from display at the Royal Mews.

Queen Elizabeth was first transported in the carriage on her coronation day in 1953. She has only ridden it two more times since then – for her Silver and Golden Jubilees.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant: What to Know About the Celebration

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their coronation day, Buckingham Palace, 1953.
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For Queen and Country

After the presentation of the Queen’s Gold State Coach, there will be a military parade with over 1,000 members and 200 horses through the streets of London.

The first act of the competition is to celebrate the British armed forces throughout the Commonwealth.

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The best time of our life

The “Time of Our Lives” portion of the contest is to show how pop culture has evolved since Queen Elizabeth took the throne. Each decade will come to life through music, fashion, vehicles and dance.

This part of the celebration will feature 150 different “national treasures” of England who have helped shape the country’s culture over the past 70 years.

They will include television personalities, musicians, chefs, athletes and artists. Prominent participants include Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, James Martin, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker and childhood favorites such as Basil Brush.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant: What to Know About the Celebration

Queen Elizabeth arrives at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving held in honor of her 80th birthday, June 15, 2006, in London.
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Let’s celebrate

The third act will consist of street performances that harness the community spirit that has been seen across the UK over the past seven decades.

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Some of the groups that have created their own pieces for this part of the competition include Trigger, Shademakers, Nutkhut, Mahogany, Emergency Exit Arts and Mandinga Arts, Bridgwater Carnival, Have Faith and Jeni Cairns, Global Grooves, Imagineer and Cirque Bijou.

The pageant’s official website says this part of the event is to “celebrate the Queen’s extraordinary life experience”.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant: What to Know About the Celebration

Queen Elizabeth smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Prince Louis; Kate Middleton; Princess Charlotte; Prince George; and Prince William at the Trooping the Color ceremony.
(Chris Jackson)

Happy and Glorious

The final act of the competition will take place around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. The previous three acts all lead to a time when citizens can pay homage to Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

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The country’s national anthem, “God Save the Queen”, will be conducted by Ed Sheeran as attendees are invited to sing along with the Grammy-winning artist.

Members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, are not expected to attend the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. It is for people across the country and across the Commonwealth to celebrate Queen Elizabeth with music and street performances to cap off the four-day event.


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