The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year and it’s set to be the biggest ever royal event.
Celebrations will be planned for the four-day public holiday in June 2022 and the budget is said to be between a whopping £10million and £15 million.
For the grand finale on the last day of the celebrations, a huge “Platinum Pageant” is planned which will showcase the story of the Queen’s reign and is set to take place through the streets of London.
Big names such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran are being lined up to perform and are “top of the list” for organisers.
Giant dragons the size of London buses and beasts as tall as three storey houses will create a spectacle and military and NHS heroes will come together next year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
More than 6,500 street performers are due to take part in the street parade on Sunday June 5 next year, Nicholas Coleridge, a co-chair of the pageant and chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, he said.
It is set to run through Westminster, under Admiralty Arch, down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill, with people from across the country taking part.
Dame Helen Mirren and legendary comic actor Stephen Fry are to join a Best of British cast.
The four-day weekend will begin on the Thursday with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic, and a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Saturday.
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Sunday’s pageant will comprise of three acts, with the first seeing both serving troops and veterans take part in a march along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The second act, entitled Celebration, will feature a puppet dragon larger than a double-decker bus with a wingspan the width of The Mall.
Others taking part will include a trapeze artist suspended underneath a huge balloon printed with an image of the Queen, as well as acrobats and other performers.
The specially-written fairy story There Once Is A Queen by renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo will be brought to life through artists on the day.
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Coleridge said the event will be larger than the celebrations during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
He told the Mail: “It’s going to be the largest that’s ever put on, larger we think even than that that was put on for Queen Victoria.
“It’s not going to be London-centric. We even have a giant map, making sure that we have people from every part of our country and indeed every part of the Commonwealth.
“We’re going to have people from all 54 Commonwealth countries who are going to be taking part in this astounding parade.”
He added that there will be all the pomp and circumstance of a normal royal event with the royal family playing a key role along with the procession of coaches and famous faces.
While Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour clashes with the event, organisers hope the Rocket Man will still be able to have an input.
The star had similar issues in 2002 for the Party at the Palace which marked the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. On that occasion he pre-recorded a set and, while this could be an option once again, there is also the chance he may appear via a live stream.
A source told the Sun: “They have got Ed Sheeran and Stevie Wonder, who appeared at the Diamond Jubilee celebration, on the top of their list of performers and the organisers have already reached out.”
The BBC has predicted that the showcase pageant on the final day will be watched by around one billion people across the world.
A Gallop Through History has been billed as a “personal tribute to our monarchy” and will feature more than 500 horses and over a thousand dancers and musicians taking the audience on a journey from Elizabeth I to the Queen.
The monarch has a life-long love of all things equestrian and is being kept informed by organisers of their plans, and her ponies and horses are expected to feature in the event, with royal fans hoping to see members of the royal family taking part.
Mr Coleridge added: “I suspect they may be slightly exaggerating but it’s going to be huge because it’s going everywhere.
“By the end of it, I hope we’re going to feel re-energised, highly patriotic and very much one nation as we all celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.”
An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will begin with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic, followed by a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Friday.
On Saturday, the Queen will be accompanied by members of her family at The Derby at Epsom Downs with a special concert outside Buckingham Palace in the evening.
One courtier with knowledge of the plans said: “It is going to absolutely be the best of British on show and there will be something for everyone to enjoy on what will be a series of magnificent occasions during one of the biggest celebratory events for decades.”
Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.
More than 16 million people tuned in to watch the concert which marked the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.
Fans were treated to a musical masterclass from the likes of Sir Tom Jones and Sir Paul McCartney, which celebs such as Jimmy Carr and Lenny Henry took up hosting duties.
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