Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: How Will the UK Celebrate?
Marching bands, giant dragon puppets and circus acts: just some of the things you can expect to see at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, set to take place across the bank holiday weekend in June 2022.
The event will mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, with 5,000 military personnel, performers, key works and volunteers from the UK and all corners of the commonwealth coming together to celebrate what’s being described as ‘something of a reopening ceremony for the United Kingdom’. Each decade from the 1950s will be reflected through street art, theatre and dance, with nods to The Queen’s passions like corgis and racehorses.
Split up into three acts, the pageant will begin with a march along the Mall by Buckingham Palace, made up of both serving troops and veterans. The second act, titled Celebration, will feature a puppet dragon larger than a double decker bus with a wingspan of the Mall, alongside a trapeze artist suspended under beneath a huge balloon printed with an image of the Queen. Details of the third act are being kept secret for now.
Michael Morpurgo has also written a special fairy story for the occasion, titled There once is a Queen, which will be brought to life on the day.
Nicholas Coleridge, co-chairman of the pageant, said: ‘The Platinum Jubilee weekend is an opportunity for the country to emerge re-energised and renewed, expressing optimism and confidence. It will be something of a reopening ceremony for the United Kingdom, following a period of uncertainty and hardship, a catalysing moment of unity and fun. Through the fusion of ceremonial and pageantry with razzmatazz and festival, we intend to create a spectacle that is at once energising and memorable and a fitting tribute to The Queen.’
Though the pageant will take place in London, it hopes to draw in audiences from all parts of the nation and the commonwealth through live streams and television broadcasts.
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