More than 200,000 local events and street parties are expected across the UK to celebrate the mega platinum anniversary of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II on the British throne.
A number of events have been lined up during the extended Bank Holiday Weekend between Thursday and Sunday, including a sari made of durable recycled plastic displayed on a four-meter-high doll.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant Final, curated by UK South Asian performance company Nutkhut, features a sari with a special Bollywood-themed wedding party combination.
Simi Gupta, co-art director of Nutkhut about the sari designed by renowned Irish fashion designer Paul Costello, said, “It is an honor and a pleasure to re-imagine the sari, a timeless garment for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant.” A group project by Bournemouth students from the University of the Arts.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will pass through The Mall in London and pay homage to the 96-year-old King at Buckingham Palace with about 150 highlight performers, including singer Ed Sheeran.
A giant dragon doll the size of a double-decker bus, the Corgis, the Acrobats, the Dancer and the Circus Acts are among the elements that will be broadcast on the big screen in London’s Princess Street Garden in Edinburgh and Boot Park in Cardiff.
“With four days of celebration and millions of people around the world taking part, this weekend will be a fitting tribute to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for their service and dedication,” said Nadine Doris, the UK’s culture secretary.
Celebrations begin at the Horseguards Parade in London on Thursday with the Queen’s Birthday Parade or Trooping the Color. It will be followed by a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday and then a party at the Palace Concert on Saturday night, featuring some of the biggest names in music.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade will feature more than 1,500 soldiers and musicians and about 240 horses, with the royal family gathering on the porch of Buckingham Palace before the evening beacon lighting.
Friday services will include Bible readings, music, prayers, and church hymns to thank the Queen for her reign, faith, and service.
On Saturday, world music stars including Quinn and Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Lynn-Manuel Miranda, Andrea Boseli, Ella Ayre, Craig David and Duran Duran will perform some of their biggest hits. The show, held on a 360-degree stage around the Queen Victoria Memorial, will be closed by legendary Diana Ross. More than 22,000 people are expected to attend, including more than 7,500 key personnel, members of the armed forces, volunteers and charities. The Jubilee Weekend ends on Sunday with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The UK government has extended licensing hours so that people across England and Wales can celebrate longer than usual at 11pm in pubs and bars. Millions of people are expected to sit down for a big jubilee luncheon over the weekend, with thousands of events planned by local councils across the country, including screenings, street parties, picnics and lunches.
Also, on the occasion of the special occasion, eight cities in the UK were given city status – Bangor in Northern Ireland, Colchester in England, Doncaster and Milton Keynes, Douglas in the Isle of Man, Dunfermline in Scotland, Stanley in the Falkland Islands and Rexham in Wales. . PTI AKMS
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