A four-day public celebration began Thursday to mark the record-breaking 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Thursday (June 2)
More than 1,200 soldiers from the British Army’s Household Division officially performed “Trooping of the Color” on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday.
Complete with military pageants, musicians and horses, combining style and tradition that is more than two centuries old.
The Queen will salute the soldiers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, then reappear later to sway to the crowd and watch the flying-past of military jets.
Attendance at the balcony this year is limited to members of the royal family, which does not mean Prince Harry and his wife Meghan or Prince Andrew.
But Harry and Meghan will see Trooping of the Color at the Horseguard Parade with senior members of the royal family.
The Queen will be seen again at Windsor Palace, west of London, as more than 2,800 lights have been illuminated at Buckingham Palace and across the UK, including four above the highest peaks, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the British Overseas Territory.
Burning tributes will be seen in 54 Commonwealth capitals on five continents, from Tonga in the South Pacific and Samoa to Belize in the Caribbean.
Nine bridges over the River Thames in central London will be illuminated, as will the capital’s landmark BT Tower and several English cathedrals.
Friday (June 3)
A national service to thank the Queen for her record-breaking reign was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, featuring the rare playing of the Great Paul bell.
The Great Paul, cast in 1882, is the largest church bell in the country. Its mechanism broke down in the 1970s but last year it regained its former glory.
It has only been played eight times since then, and never for a royal ceremony. The queen’s presence was not confirmed.
Saturday (June 4)
A keen racing fan, the Queen was expected to take part in the 243rd race at The Derby Epsom Downs, the country’s most prestigious flat-racing event.
But he is not supposed to be present now.
In the evening, around 22,000 people are expected to attend the BBC Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace – including 5,000 key staff, including Frontline Medics.
Performers include Rocker Queen + Adam Lambert, Motown legend Diana Ross and Elton John.
Alicia Kiss, Nile Rogers and Italian tenor Andrea Bosselli are among others for the 2.5-hour musical extravaganza.
Sunday (June 5)
More than 70,000 people have registered to host the Big Jubilee Lunch, with 10 million expected to share food and friendships with their neighbors, the government said.
More than 600 lunches are planned from Canada and Brazil, from New Zealand to Japan and from South Africa to Switzerland in the Commonwealth and beyond.
The final day ends with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant – a public parade through central London.
The Mounted Band of the Household leads the equestrian Gold State Coach – which is used to carry the emperor on coronations and anniversaries – at Buckingham Palace.
About 10,000 people are involved in a musical and creative demonstration of how British society has changed since the Queen agreed in 1952.
It ends with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem “God Save the Queen” outside the palace.
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