Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Celebrations


People walk along The Mall in London on June 1. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Queen’s incredible reign. Here’s a look at the rest of the long weekend:

Friday, June 3

A service of thanksgiving honoring the Queen’s seven decades of service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London with family members in attendance.

Saturday June 4

Several members of the royal family are due to travel to Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey, southern England, in the afternoon for the 243rd edition of its famous horse race, the Derby. The Queen – an avid horse breeder – was a regular spectator at the event and even presented the famous trophy.

In the evening, a two-and-a-half-hour “Platinum Party At The Palace” concert will see a star-studded line-up perform outside Buckingham Palace and around the famous Queen Victoria Memorial. Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys and Diana Ross are among the artists who will take part in the show, which will be broadcast live by the BBC.

Sunday June 5

To top off the celebrations, people are encouraged to hold street parties as part of the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ initiative on Sunday. Community gatherings are set to take place across Britain, including flagship events in London and at the Eden Project in Cornwall. “Big Jubilee Lunches” have also been planned around the world.

The weekend’s finale is the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where artists, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will come together to bring iconic moments from the Queen’s reign to life.

Although the Queen is not expected to travel there, the pageant will be run by the Gold State Carriage. Starting at 2:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET), the contest will feature a “River of Hope” section that will feature 200 silk flags parading along the mall like a river and a who’s who of the most famous faces in Britain.


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