Queen's official birthday to be 'spectacular event' says expert
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With a whopping £15million budget, ministers and culture chiefs have revealed a spectacular line-up for the “Platinum Pagent” as part of a four-day public holiday from 2-5 June, 2022. The “Platinum Pageant” will take place on the streets of London as the Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne.
Organisers say the event will showcase the memorable story of the Queen’s reign since 1952.
The pageant will consist of three acts and take place on Sunday, June 5 with the first seeing troops and veterans take part in a march along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Giant dragons the size of London buses and beasts as tall as three-storey houses will then parade down the Mall and create a dazzling spectacle.
More than 6,500 street performers are due to take part in the street parade which will run from under Admiralty Arch, down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill in Westminster.
Top artists including Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are also being lined up to perform.
Nicholas Coleridge, who is co-chairing the pageant, said the event on the final day of jubilee celebrations will top those held in 1897 for Queen Victoria.
The V&A Chairman added: “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.
“That was pretty large, this is larger. It’s going to have 6,500 people taking part in it.”
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But he added: “At the same time, and massively importantly, we’re going to make sure whilst the Jubilee is based on London because it’s going to be a procession that goes around the parks, through Westminster, under Admiralty Arch, down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill, 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.
“We’re having all the creative industries in it – 17 different theatre groups have so far signed up to be in it, we’re having enormous sculptures the size of four-storey houses being dragged down the Mall, we’re having a mysterious celebrity singer that if I said it, the entire ‘Team Jubilee’ would be so angry with me that I’d probably never be able to go back into the office.”
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Coleridge continued: “But on the side of it the levelling up agenda will be fully respected – the North East, the North West, Plymouth, every Member of Parliament I speak to asks me whether their own constituency will be represented.
“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.”
The four-day weekend will begin on Thursday, June 2 with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It comes after a modern War of the Roses broke out between Lancaster and York MPs after ministers backed calls for a northern town to receive a royal title.
Ministers are mulling whether to grant royal status to a northern England town in line with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
This would give a town, borough or county a “Royal” prefix for the first time.
However, the plans backed by Tory Chairman Oliver Dowden, triggered competing claims from MPs representing Lancaster and York that the title should be given to their cities.
There are 10 places that hold a royal title in the UK, including Berkshire, Greenwich and Wootton Bassett.
A Cabinet Office spokesperson, said: “The royal title is granted by the Queen on the advice of ministers.
“The honour is granted to towns, boroughs or counties in exceptional circumstances where they have played an outstanding role in public life or have a very strong historic royal connection.”
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