Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Competition: Corgis puppet, Del Boy’s car, Ed Sheeran and a celebrity choir – what to expect | UK News
The Platinum Jubilee pageant promises a spectacular, star-studded climax to the weekend, with 10,000 people marching through the streets around Buckingham Palace.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world are expected to watch the spectacle on television, and tens of thousands in person, as it winds its way over a 3km course.
Highlights of the procession include a six-meter tall version of the Queen’s wedding cake, a bus-sized dragon, puppet corgis and an aerial performer suspended beneath a helium balloon.
There will also, of course, be the pomp and pageantry that Britain does best through a huge military parade.
Classic British cars and a mass cycle ride led by the likes of Sir Chris Hoy will head to The Mall, while a National Anthem finale will be led by Ed Sheeran and a ‘National Treasures Choir’ made up of dozens of stars.
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The Platinum Jubilee The competition will be divided into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate and Happy and Glorious.
Act I – For Queen and Country
The bells of Westminster Abbey will mark the start of a military parade with 1,750 people and 200 horses – which organizers say is one of the greatest military spectacles in modern history.
The Army, Royal Navy, RAF and Royal Marines are all involved and it will feature personnel from across the Commonwealth.
Tuesday’s rehearsals showed The Household Cavalry in full dress training for the big day.
For many the dazzling golden state carriage will be the highlight as it has not been seen on the streets of London for over 20 years
Eight Windsor Gray horses will drive the carriage, which was built in 1762 and is normally reserved for coronations and jubilees.
The Queen will not be inside, but original Coronation Day footage will be shown in the windows.
Act II: The time of our lives
A moment to revel in 70 years of culture, music and fashion since the Queen ascended the throne.
Around 150 celebrities – including Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Gary Lineker, Noddy Holder, Idris Elba, Joe Wicks, Torvill and Dean, and even Basil Brush – will parade in open-top buses.
A fleet of over 200 classic vehicles will include Del Boy’s Robin Reliant, vintage Minis, JCBs, Land Rovers and a fleet of iconic James Bond cars.
Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny will also lead around 300 cyclists – some on classic bikes like a 1950s boneshaker and a 1980s BMX.
Peppa Pig, The Teletubbies and six Wombles are part of a celebration of children’s TV characters, while six ladies – including Floella Benjamin, Twiggy and Darcey Bussell – will travel in style in vintage Jaguars.
Britain’s best-known cultural groups and subcultures will also take to the streets.
Look for Lambeth walkers, jivers, teddy boys, mods, glam rockers, punks, new romantics, ravers, brit-poppers and junglists.
Act III: Let’s celebrate
Street theatre, urban dance and the best of Carnival, May Day, Mela, Feast and Mardi Gras come together to celebrate the Queen’s life story.
Performance groups from all over the UK take part.
Highlights include a seven-meter-tall dragon, a Bollywood-style celebration with a huge cake as the centerpiece, and the coronation reimagined in an Afro-Caribbean carnival style.
The dragon, called The Hatchling, is billed as the largest puppet ever operated solely by a human, with 18 people involved.
World-class circus performers, street performers and urban athletes will also take to the streets on Cirque Bijou’s mobile stage.
Key workers who were on the frontline of the pandemic will take part in a performance with Essex-based band Kinetika – and will also be looking for a comedic focus on the Queen’s love of corgis and horses by Coventry’s Imagineer.
Act IV: Happy and Glorious
The grand finale – and a likely appearance by the Queen on the palace balcony!
Get ready for a spirited rendition of the national anthem outside Buckingham Palace, where nearly 200 celebrities will join audience members and Ed Sheeran to sing God Save The Queen.
The Royal Marines Band will provide the musical accompaniment – and the monarch should appear to acknowledge the gesture.
Some of the celebrities who will be taking part include Sir David Jason, Dame Joan Collins, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw, Felicity Kendal, Holly Willoughby and Lord Lloyd-Webber.
Sheeran will also perform his song Perfect as a tribute to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, with a montage of the pair playing as he sings.
Sky’s Kay Burley and royal expert Alastair Bruce will host all Jubilee events as they go, with Joanna Lumley as special guest.