Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Alan Jones discusses plans
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Her Majesty the Queen will mark 70 years as Britain’s reigning monarch next year and Sky News Australia presenter Alan Jones has provided a breakdown of the planned celebrations. Mr Jones welcomed reports that Buckingham Palace was progressing with plans for the occasion in light of what the TV host branded as “made-up nonsense” from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Australian presenter has been highly critical of the Duke and Duchess’s recent media appearances, dismissing the royals’ revelations as “drama.”
Mr Jones told Sky News Australia: “In light of all the made-up nonsense and drama Harry and Meghan have caused.
“It is comforting to hear the plans surrounding the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“Next year the popular monarch will celebrate 70 years on the throne.
“She is the first British monarch to rain for such a time.
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So on Thursday, June 2 exactly a year from today an extra bank holiday will mark the start of the main event.
“When four days of celebrations in and around Buckingham Palace will begin.
“It will be a historic moment not only for the Queen and the United Kingdom but for the entire Commonwealth.
“It is said the intensity of the celebrations will be scaled back compared to that seen during the Diamond Jubilee 10 years ago.
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“Of course the Queen will be 96 next year but the Platinum Jubilee weekend will start with trooping the colour.
“Which marks the Queen’s official birthday when more than 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians will all gather at the palace and move down the mall to Horseguards parade.
They will be joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
“Then, on Saturday, the Queen and other royals will watch the races, she loves the races at the beautiful Epsom Downs before attending a concert, and the celebrations will end with an RAF flypast watched from the palace balcony.”
He added: “The last day will see street parties held up and down the country where people will be encouraged to share friendship, food, and fun with their neighbors.”
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be the monarch’s first such occasion without the late Duke of Edinburgh by her side.
Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 saw the royal barge Gloriana lead a historic flotilla of 1,000 boats down the river Thames in London.
“Certainly she and the Palace will be hoping this will be an opportunity for people across the United Kingdom to show their continued commitment to, and regard and affection for, this particular monarch,” said BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell.
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