To mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne, the government has confirmed that the May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June.
This weekend will also be extended to include 3 June, which is a Friday, hurrah!
And it looks set to be a big celebration with an impressive budget set to one side for the events.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is believed to have a huge budget of between £10 million and £15 million.
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There will be performances from world-renowned artists, including Ed Sheehan, Stevie Wonder and Elton John who are reportedly “top of the list.”
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.”
This is the first time in history that any monarch has been on the throne for that long.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told The Sun last year that the event will “reflect on the monarch’s reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952”.
As a result, we can also expect giant dragons, reportedly the size of London buses, to help create a massive spectacle.
At the Platinum Pageant, which it has been coined, there will also be military and NHS here’s coming together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
It is set to be a “once-in-a-generation show” and will also show “British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays”.
Nicholas Coleridge, a co-chair of the pageant and chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum has also said there will be 6,500 street performers taking part in a street parade on June 5.
The epic parade will travel from Westminster, under Admiralty Arch, then down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill.
The joyous four-day weekend will start on the Thursday with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.
There will also be a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Friday.
On Saturday, the Queen and family members will attend The Derby at Epsom Downs, before enjoying a special concert outside Buckingham Palace in the evening.
“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,” a courtier said.
The commemoration will also see a Platinum Jubilee medal be given to those that work in public services such as the Armed forces, the prison services and the emergency services.
The celebrations will bring all the usual pomp and circumstance surrounding royal events, with famous faces playing a part in the long weekend too.
Other aspects to enjoy include a trapeze artist suspended underneath a huge balloon with an image of the Queen on, and fairy story There Once Is A Queen by renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo will be brought to life by performers.
Members of the public will be able to attend by invitation to apply, and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets is set to be released.
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