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Prince Charles and Camilla today greeted crowds outside Buckingham Palace following the spectacular fly-past finish to day one of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Flanked by armed police and security guards and wearing his full military uniform, the prince, 73, and his wife, 74, shook hands with well-wishers outside the famous royal home.

The brief meet-and-greet took place shortly after the Prince of Wales joined his mother, The Queen, on the royal balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The heir apparent also took part in a special Trooping the Colour which saw him ride on horseback down The Mall before receiving the traditional salute at Horse Guard Parade on behalf of his mother.

Asked by Sky News about his thoughts on the event, which took place in blissful sunshine, he replied: ‘Quite warm.’

It comes after the Queen and the thousands of adoring fans who turned out to watch were treated to a spectacular display of pomp and pageantry on the first of four days of celebrations to mark her 70th year on the throne.

Even before the event began royal superfans crowded on to The Mall hoping to catch glimpse of the display, which started with troops making their way down the historic street from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade.

Then followed the royals, with the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, and her three children, making their way down The Mall to watch the display.

They were followed by Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, 14, and then Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, and Prince Charles on horseback.

Flanked by armed police and security guards and wearing his full military uniform, the prince, 73, and his wife, 74, shook hands with well-wishers outside the royal home

The Prince took part in a special Trooping the Colour which saw him ride on horseback down The Mall and receive the salute from troops on behalf of his mother

The Prince took part in a special Trooping the Colour which saw him ride on horseback down The Mall and receive the salute from troops on behalf of his mother

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales salutes during the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales salutes during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The quick meet-and-brief took place shortly after he joined his mother, The Queen, on the royal balcony of Buckingham Palace

The quick meet-and-brief took place shortly after he joined his mother, The Queen, on the royal balcony of Buckingham Palace

Earlier, the marching of the troops was briefly interrupted by a group of people who jumped the barriers along The Mall – only to be swiftly tackled by police and dragged back to safety. Several arrests have been made.

Devoted royalists, meanwhile, watched on big screens from the famous street leading up to Buckingham Palace from Trafalgar Square for the traditional Trooping the Colour.

The military ceremony – which has been used to mark a British Monarch’s official birthday for 260 years – was carried out by 1st Battalion Irish Guards, plus more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division. 

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Prince Charles took the Salute, joined by Prince William, a Colonel in the regiment, and Princess Anne. 

Royal fans across the country who weren’t lucky enough to have a space along The Mall watched events unfold on huge screens in nearby St James Park, or in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh or Bute Park in Cardiff. 

More than 350 horses and hundreds of military musicians will be involved in the procession. In a show of the resilience that has marked her record-breaking reign, the Queen made an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday – the first day of her Jubilee celebrations. She is also due to appear again following the show stopping Jubilee Pageant on Sunday – the final day of celebrations.

Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will be on the balcony with her – to watch a stunning fly-past.

The spectacular six-minute display by 71 aircraft included Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – with a huge Lancaster Bomber – and ended with jets in the formation of a ’70’ – to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

And in traditional style, the fly-past ended with a burst from the famous Red Arrows, who trailed red, white and blue stripes of smoke across The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

Today marks the first of four days of celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee. A special Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow, followed by a Party at the Palace event on Saturday, before the big grandstand finish on Sunday with the Jubilee Pageant through the streets of London.

Among the thousands of excited royal fans today was Allesandra Alberini, 52, who had arrived from Rome with friends for the celebrations. She told MailOnline: ‘I came all the way from Italy because I wanted to see the parade. The Queen is an institution and this isn’t exactly something that happens very often.

‘She is a very tough woman, of course she deserves all the celebrations. I am very happy I am here.’

Following the Trooping the Colour ceremony which saw Prince Charles accompanied by Prince William and Anne, Princess Royal on horseback, thousands of people packed The Mall out to watch the RAF flypast and Her Majesty appear on the balcony alongside various other working royals

Following the Trooping the Colour ceremony which saw Prince Charles accompanied by Prince William and Anne, Princess Royal on horseback, thousands of people packed The Mall out to watch the RAF flypast and Her Majesty appear on the balcony alongside various other working royals

Crowds at Trafalgar Square pictured looking down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace - as celebrations take place at Horse Guards Parade

Crowds at Trafalgar Square pictured looking down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace – as celebrations take place at Horse Guards Parade

Crowds fill The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which saw 1st Battalion Irish Guards along with more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division march

Crowds fill The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which saw 1st Battalion Irish Guards along with more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division march

The Red Arrows are pictured during their RAF flypast over The Mall after going over Buckingham Palace, where the Queen as well as working royals joined her on the balcony

The Red Arrows are pictured during their RAF flypast over The Mall after going over Buckingham Palace, where the Queen as well as working royals joined her on the balcony

Spectators watch the RAF flypast on The Mall after the Trooping the Colour parade with the formation in the form of a 70 to mark the Queen's 70th year on the throne

Spectators watch the RAF flypast on The Mall after the Trooping the Colour parade with the formation in the form of a 70 to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne

The Red Arrows flying over Buckingham palace today in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Red Arrows flying over Buckingham palace today in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Groups of royal fans raise a glass for Her Majesty as the Nation pays tribute to mark her 70th year on the British throne

Groups of royal fans raise a glass for Her Majesty as the Nation pays tribute to mark her 70th year on the British throne

Royal fans line the Mall as they wait for Trooping the Colour earlier this bank holiday Thursday, with one man pictured in a Union Jack suit, as well as Jubilee flags covering the railings

Royal fans line the Mall as they wait for Trooping the Colour earlier this bank holiday Thursday, with one man pictured in a Union Jack suit, as well as Jubilee flags covering the railings

Before the crowds, pictured, packed out The Mall in their thousands, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, and a beaming Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, accompanied by her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis led a procession of carriages

Before the crowds, pictured, packed out The Mall in their thousands, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, and a beaming Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, accompanied by her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis led a procession of carriages

Crowds near Trafalgar Square look down the The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

Crowds near Trafalgar Square look down the The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

Members of the public fill The Mall ahead of a fly-past over Buckingham Palace, during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour

A young girl waves her Union flags as she watches the celebrations along The Mall in London as celebrations start of the Queen's Jubilee

A young girl waves her Union flags as she watches the celebrations along The Mall in London as celebrations start of the Queen’s Jubilee

Crowds on The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

Crowds on The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

Carol Bysshe from Cape Town and her sister Jenny Parris from London wear masks of Britain's Queen Elizabeth as royal enthusiasts gather along The Mall

Carol Bysshe from Cape Town and her sister Jenny Parris from London wear masks of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as royal enthusiasts gather along The Mall

Royal fans have Union flag transfers applied to their faces as they gather along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London

Royal fans have Union flag transfers applied to their faces as they gather along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London

Royal fans have Union flag transfers applied to their faces as they gather along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee in The Mall

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee in The Mall

Camilla (L), Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine (R), Duchess of Cambridge, wave as they ride in an open carriage on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Camilla (L), Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine (R), Duchess of Cambridge, wave as they ride in an open carriage on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations 

Britain's Prince Charles (C), Prince of Wales in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Britain's Princess Anne (R), Princess Royal, in her role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals,ride their horses along The Mall

Britain’s Prince Charles (C), Prince of Wales in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Britain’s Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Britain’s Princess Anne (R), Princess Royal, in her role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals,ride their horses along The Mall

The Kings troop of the royal horse artillery ride down the Mall on their way to fire ceremonial gun in London

The Kings troop of the royal horse artillery ride down the Mall on their way to fire ceremonial gun in London

Members of the Household Division Foot Guards' bands march back along The mall towards Buckingham Palace during the Queen's Birthday Parade

Members of the Household Division Foot Guards’ bands march back along The mall towards Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Birthday Parade

Members of the Household Cavalry process along The Mall towards Horseguards Parade to take part in the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour

German friends Melanie Düvel, 49, Kathrin Smala, 40 and Anke Nimandt, 48, arrived in London on Tuesday for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Melanie, from Dortmund, said: ‘We wanted to come because this is something you will never see again. It is awesome. The Queen has been amazing and has been on the throne for so long.

‘We were told there would be many people so we are OK about the crowds. We are not disappointed, we expected it. ‘We hope we can see the jets fly past later.’

Cho Hmone, 37, a software engineer from Wimbledon, south west London, said: ‘I wanted to celebrate and I am so happy. It is wonderful.  

The aircraft taking place in today’s fly-past 

A six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft will feature Apache helicopters, Typhoons and The Red Arrows as part of the first day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour.

First to appear in the London skies will be the Royal Navy Wildcat, Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache helicopters.

The Ministry of Defence said more than 70 aircraft, including aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world, will take part.

It will take six minutes to fly over the crowds and is expected to include more than three times the number of aircraft which took part in the Queen’s last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019.

The display will include helicopters from the Royal Navy and the Army and RAF aircraft recently seen responding to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic.

The flypast will also include highlights from the history of the RAF, with Puma and Chinook helicopters flying over the palace followed by the Lancaster, three Spitfires and two Hurricanes, all operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Behind the Memorial Flight are five RAF training aircraft, including a Phenom from RAF Cranwell and four Texan aircraft from RAF Valley.

Three RAF Hercules aircraft are the first of the RAF’s tanker and transport fleet shown in the display.

The second wave of RAF air transport aircraft is made up of an Atlas leading a Globemaster (C-17).

Next to appear will be two aircraft of the RAF’s Intelligence Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Force, The Poseidon and the Rivet Joint.

Then it will be the RAF Voyager, RAF Typhoon and RAF Lightning (F-35B).

The display will also feature four Lightning (F-35B) aircraft and four Hawks, and completing the flypast is the RAF Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), the Red Arrows.

The aircraft are expected to begin by gathering off the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk, before turning southwest and beginning their formation towards London.

The Red Arrows will make their approach to Buckingham Palace via flying north of Colchester and Chelmsford, Essex, before heading straight down The Mall and over Buckingham Palace.

‘I wish I came hours earlier, but at least she knows we are all celebrating together with her. She is just wonderful and cares for all her people.’

Huiyong Fan, 46, a property researcher from Kingston, south west London, was celebrating with his three children Grace, Daniel and Austine.

He said: ‘I am feeling good, but we need to get to St James’ Park so we can watch it on a screen. We still feel amazing. We feel great for her.

‘She is a true lady and has given so much support to this country. She is a true role model for us all and a great public servant.’

Friends Hillary Mathews, 70, from Hertfordshire, and Peter Aidan, 69, from Essex, said they met in London to celebrate the ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’ as they waved flags on the Mall.

Ms Mathews said: ‘It’s just fantastic. she has just been so remarkable, the Queen.

‘Being five foot one, I don’t suppose I’ll see much but it’s just being here with the crowds and we’ll see the flypast from here, so that will be good.

‘She has done an amazing job, absolutely – who would want to do that that for 70 years? Just magnificent.

‘It’s just lovely to be somewhere where there are nice people. Everybody has got the same mission. All the horrors that’s been going on in the world and in England at the moment are put behind us for a day and we can just enjoy really celebrating the Queen’.

Mr Aidan added:’ I’ve always known her. All my lifetime, she’s been there and it’s just a sign of respect really.’

Another, Kirk Paton, 42, from Cambridge, told the BBC: ‘When you are British, I feel it’s (the Monarchy) is ingrained in you more than you realise.

Speaking of the Queen, he said: ‘It’s the sense of service. She’s always kept above politics. She’s never revealed the details of her discussions with her prime ministers.’

Another, Lea Maunder, 22, from Halle, Germany, who had been on The Mall since 6am, said: ‘I love the spirit of the Royal Family – I’m a big fan of the Queen. I had to dress my best for her – I’m wearing a fascinator and carrying my Union Jack handbag.’

Ambulance service worker Gilbert Falconer, 65, travelled from Scotland to witness the event, which is held to mark the queen’s official birthday.

‘We know it’s a special occasion because it might be the last day we’ll see Her Majesty in a public event,’ he told AFP.

Another spectator, Daniel Marmah, said: ‘This is very significant. It’s the first time we’ve had a monarch who’s lasted for so many years.’

The Queen’s two planned balcony appearances – which come despite recent mobility problems – will take place during Her Majesty’s official Birthday Parade, the start of the four-day bank holiday weekend.

A Royal source told the Mail On Sunday: ‘The Queen is determined to take part in the Jubilee celebrations. Trooping was brought forward by one week to be part of the Jubilee this year and the Queen very much wants to be part of it.’

Buckingham Palace announced that ‘after careful consideration’ the Queen would not invite the Duke of York or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join her as they were no longer working members of the Royal Family.

A Palace spokesman said the Royal balcony appearances would be limited to members of the Royal Family ‘who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen’.

Jubilee celebrations begin TODAY! Royals on horseback will take part in Queen’s Birthday Parade before Trooping the Colour, Royal Gun Salute and special 71-aircraft flypast – as Her Majesty appears on Buckingham Palace balcony

By Laurence Dollimore for MailOnline 

Anticipation is building for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with people across the UK preparing to mark Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne with a four-day weekend of festivities – starting from today.

A series of major events has been scheduled, beginning on Thursday with Trooping the Colour and ending on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch. 

Outdoor parties will also take place on Sunday as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, while there will be a televised concert on the BBC from Buckingham Palace the day before.

Though celebrations have already started in some places, official events will begin today with a special Trooping the Colour.

More than 1,500 officers and soldiers and hundreds of horses from the Household Division will stage the display on Horse Guards Parade in London, with the colour trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.

The Queen is then expected to delight crowds with an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony. It is also expected that she will appear again on the balcony after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.

After today’s events, the monarch is also hoping to be able attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, with her wider family including –  it is expected – Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew.

The Queen, 96, is also set to spend time with the Sussexes, who are bringing their children Archie and Lilibet over from the US – and could meet Lili for the first time as she celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.

On Sunday, thousands of people will gather across the country as more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches and street parties are staged in celebration of the Queen’s record-breaking 70 year reign.

Royal Family members will also visit every corner of the UK over the weekend for official engagements – with William and Kate going to Wales; Edward and Sophie travelling to Northern Ireland; and Anne to Scotland. 

Here, MailOnline looks at the programme of events over the four-day bank holiday weekend from today: 

Drew, four, from Norwich, waves her Union flag on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, during a family day trip ahead of the Platinum Jubilee

Drew, four, from Norwich, waves her Union flag on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, during a family day trip ahead of the Platinum Jubilee

Crowds line The Mall, in central London, to watch the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, ahead, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Members of the Household Cavalry ride along The Mall, in London, ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, with events starting from today

Members of the Household Cavalry ride along The Mall, in London, ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with events starting from today

Crowds line The Mall, in central London, to watch the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, ahead, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Crowds line The Mall, in central London, to watch the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, ahead, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Participants were greeted by dark clouds and rain during the full rehearsal of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant that wiil take place on June 5

Participants were greeted by dark clouds and rain during the full rehearsal of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant that wiil take place on June 5

Royal fan John Loughrey (left) puts a banner over his tent on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, London, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Royal fan John Loughrey (left) puts a banner over his tent on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, London, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A man sells merchandise outside a shop near Windsor Castle ahead of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee this weekend

A man sells merchandise outside a shop near Windsor Castle ahead of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee this weekend

Soldiers on parade during The Colonel's Review at Horse Guards Parade on May 28, 2022 in London

Soldiers on parade during The Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade on May 28, 2022 in London

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards leads The Colonel's Review at Horse Guards Parade ahead of Trooping the Colour on Thursday

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards leads The Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade ahead of Trooping the Colour on Thursday

TODAY – Trooping the Colour (from 10am, flypast at 1pm)

The Queen’s birthday parade will today kick off at 10am at Buckingham Palace and move down The Mall to the Horse Guards Parade. 

The Royal Family will travel from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to the parade ground in carriages at about 10.30am, with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal on horseback. 

The Trooping the Colour will then mark the monarch’s official birthday, as has been tradition for the last 260 years. This year the colour will be trooped by the 1st Batallion, Irish Guards, with up to 1,450 officers and soldiers from the Household Division, together with 400 Army musicians and around 240 horses. 

Prince Charles will take the Salute, joined by Prince William, a Colonel in the regiment and Princess Anne. 

Royal fans across the country who aren’t lucky enough to have a space along The Mall can watch events unfold on huge screens in nearby St James Park, or in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh or Bute Park in Cardiff.  

The Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, at Horse Guards Parade in London last Saturday

The Colonel’s Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, at Horse Guards Parade in London last Saturday

Irish Guards on The Mall during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade

Irish Guards on The Mall during the Colonel’s Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade

The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, on The Mall during the Colonel's Review in London last Saturday

The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, on The Mall during the Colonel’s Review in London last Saturday

 

Plans are said to be in place either for the Queen briefly to inspect the troops on the parade ground or from the balcony with the Duke of Kent, or to only appear on the balcony with the royal family for a special flypast afterwards.

If the Queen does delegate her salute duties at Trooping to another family member, it will be the first time she has done so in her 70-year reign.

Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will be on the balcony for the flypast which is due to take place at about 1pm.

The Queen limited the numbers to working royals, meaning the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be there.

But her Cambridge great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and her two youngest grandchildren, the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, will be present.

A six-minute display by more than 70 aircraft will include the Red Arrows and the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons (from 9.25pm)

On Thursday evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen.

The network of flaming tributes will stretch throughout the country, with beacons at sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, and on top of the UK’s four highest peaks.

The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.

The principal beacon outside the Palace – a 21-metre tall Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminated by a senior member of the royal family, and images will be projected on to the Palace.

Major General Nick Eeles Governor of Edinburgh Castle lights the Diamond Jubilee beacon at Edinburgh Castle in June 2012

Major General Nick Eeles Governor of Edinburgh Castle lights the Diamond Jubilee beacon at Edinburgh Castle in June 2012

Reverand Jane Hedges, Canon of Westminster Abbey, lights a beacon outside the Abbey as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012

Reverand Jane Hedges, Canon of Westminster Abbey, lights a beacon outside the Abbey as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012

English Heritage projects images of Her Majesty the Queen - one from each decade of her reign - onto Stonehenge's majestic stones to mark the historic occasion of Her Royal Highness becoming the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee

English Heritage projects images of Her Majesty the Queen – one from each decade of her reign – onto Stonehenge’s majestic stones to mark the historic occasion of Her Royal Highness becoming the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee

FRIDAY 

Service of Thanksgiving (from 11am)

A traditional service of thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London from 11am on Friday.

There will be no ceremonial journey to the cathedral and the Queen, if she attends, will use a different entrance to aid her comfort rather than the steep main steps.

Wider members of the family are expected to be present including possibly Harry, Meghan and Andrew, and the service will be followed by a Guildhall reception for members of the royal family.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the service. The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, will give the sermon instead.

Justin Welby was diagnosed with mild pneumonia last Thursday and was continuing to work, but after developing symptoms over the weekend he tested for coronavirus.

A full dress rehearsal this morning for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral which will take place on Friday

A full dress rehearsal this morning for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which will take place on Friday 

Practice marches this morning ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral which takes place this Friday

Practice marches this morning ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which takes place this Friday

Participants set to feature in the Service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral take part in a full dress rehearsal outside the London landmark earlier this week

Participants set to feature in the Service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral take part in a full dress rehearsal outside the London landmark earlier this week

SATURDAY 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cardiff Castle to meet performers and crew involved in the special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert taking place in the castle grounds later that afternoon, Buckingham Palace has announced.

During their visit, William and Kate will view rehearsals and meet some of the acts taking part in the celebrations, including Bonnie Tyler and Owain Wynn Evans.

Hosted by Aled Jones and Shan Cothi, the concert at Cardiff Castle will feature live performances from some of Wales’ best-known singers and entertainers, alongside choirs, bands and orchestras.

During the extended bank holiday weekend, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will carry out two engagements in Northern Ireland while the Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, will visit Edinburgh. 

Epsom Derby (from 4pm)

The Queen is no longer planning to attend the Epsom Derby during her Platinum Jubilee weekend. 

The 96-year-old monarch is said to want to pace herself during her milestone celebrations, with her daughter the Princess Royal representing her at the racecourse instead, The Sunday Times reported.

The Derby on Saturday June 4 was to be a personal highlight for the Queen during the four days of Jubilee festivities.

The head of state, a passionate horse owner and breeder, was due to be greeted on the course with a special guard of honour including up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.

But the newspaper revealed the monarch is now ‘increasingly unlikely’ to head to Epsom. However the Queen will still have a runner – Just Fine, in the penultimate race of the afternoon.

People stand on The Mall looking towards Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial statue as the road is lined with Union Flags

People stand on The Mall looking towards Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial statue as the road is lined with Union Flags

A message for Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a digital display as horses are walked through Piccadilly Circus in London today

A message for Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a digital display as horses are walked through Piccadilly Circus in London today

A pedestrian passes a shop window adorned with Union flag-themed bunting, and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, in Colchester, eastern England

A pedestrian passes a shop window adorned with Union flag-themed bunting, and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, in Colchester, eastern England 

Hype Hair salon in Bermondsey, south east London, puts up Union flags and a Platinum Jubilee flag of the Queen with red, white and blue balloons and bunting

Hype Hair salon in Bermondsey, south east London, puts up Union flags and a Platinum Jubilee flag of the Queen with red, white and blue balloons and bunting

A banner and face masks of members of the royal family are displayed in the window of the Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith, London, to celebrate the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee of the Queen this weekend

A banner and face masks of members of the royal family are displayed in the window of the Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith, London, to celebrate the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee of the Queen this weekend

The Floral Mini, King's Road Chelsea In Bloom floral displays in Chelsea for the Platinum Jubilee in London

The Floral Mini, King’s Road Chelsea In Bloom floral displays in Chelsea for the Platinum Jubilee in London

Alan and Kelly Wakeling pose today at their market stall ALK Fruit and Veg on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London

Alan and Kelly Wakeling pose today at their market stall ALK Fruit and Veg on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London

Legoland modeller Paula Young poses for a photograph while completing a model of a scene at Buckingham Palace, at Legoland in Windsor

Legoland modeller Paula Young poses for a photograph while completing a model of a scene at Buckingham Palace, at Legoland in Windsor

Lilibet’s birthday 

Saturday is also the first birthday of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, amid speculation the youngster could spend the day with her namesake great-grandmother.

The Sussexes are flying over from the US with Lili, who has never met the Queen in person before, and her older brother Archie.

It could be the first time Harry and Meghan have been seen alongside the Windsor clan since Megxit and since they accused an unnamed senior royal of racism during their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are flying over from the US with Lilibet and her brother Archie (pictured last December)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are flying over from the US with Lilibet and her brother Archie (pictured last December) 

Party At The Palace (from 7.30pm)

In the evening, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.

The line-up includes Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Bond composer Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra.

The show will also feature appearances from stars including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews.

Charles and William are preparing to deliver public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who will be watching on television from Windsor.

An artist's impression released earlier this month of the stage outside Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace

An artist’s impression released earlier this month of the stage outside Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace

SUNDAY 

Big Jubilee Lunch

Millions of people are expected to sit down with their neighbours at street parties, picnics and barbecues, with more than 200,000 Big Jubilee Lunches being held across the UK on the Sunday afternoon,

Camilla, patron of the Big Lunch, will join Charles at a flagship feast at The Oval cricket ground in south London, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex will meet people creating the ‘Long Table’ down on The Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle.

The celebration also coincides with this year’s Thank You Day –  originally set up to pay tribute to those who helped people through the pandemic.

Celebrities Ross Kemp, Gareth Southgate, Prue Leith and Ellie Simmonds have urged people to throw the biggest thank you party for the Queen.

A Jubilee street party on June 3, 2012 on the bridge that connects Goring in Oxfordshire and Streatley in Berkshire

A Jubilee street party on June 3, 2012 on the bridge that connects Goring in Oxfordshire and Streatley in Berkshire

The Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith put a 3D silicone mask of the Queen wearing a golden crown, adorned with pearls, silver jewelled earrings and Union flag glasses behind the bar for this weekend's festivities

The Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith put a 3D silicone mask of the Queen wearing a golden crown, adorned with pearls, silver jewelled earrings and Union flag glasses behind the bar for this weekend’s festivities

A hair removal clinic in London puts special Platinum Jubilee bunting across their sandwich board, as well as featuring a cartoon Corgi drawn on the glass of their storefront, which is pictured wearing a Union flag party hat

A hair removal clinic in London puts special Platinum Jubilee bunting across their sandwich board, as well as featuring a cartoon Corgi drawn on the glass of their storefront, which is pictured wearing a Union flag party hat

Union Jack bunting and dedicated Platinum Jubilee flags are displayed in a shopping area to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne, with events being thrown from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

Union Jack bunting and dedicated Platinum Jubilee flags are displayed in a shopping area to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne, with events being thrown from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

The Platinum Pudding, Scotch eggs and fruit platters will feature on a six-metre felt creation by artist Lucy Sparrow which is to be viewed by Charles and Camilla at The Oval. It will be given pride of place in the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace later this year.

Members of the local community, 70 volunteers who have been recognised as Platinum Champions through the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards, celebrity ambassadors and various charity representatives will be among the guests at the cricket ground.

The royal couple will also present the Platinum Champions with certificates and pins, before cutting a Big Jubilee Lunch cake.

More than 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches are being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.

Revelers on the Mall in London on June 5, 2012 during the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration for the Queen that year

Revelers on the Mall in London on June 5, 2012 during the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration for the Queen that year

Union Jack flags cover the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south east London, for the Jubilee, who are known for adorning the housing area with flags on national events. They had plenty of England flags in celebration of the England football team getting to the finals of the Euros last year

Union Jack flags cover the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south east London, for the Jubilee, who are known for adorning the housing area with flags on national events. They had plenty of England flags in celebration of the England football team getting to the finals of the Euros last year

Considered to be the 'most patriotic estate in England', Kirby Estate in Bermondsey adorns the railings of the flats with Union Jack flags ahead of the Jubilee weekend

Considered to be the ‘most patriotic estate in England’, Kirby Estate in Bermondsey adorns the railings of the flats with Union Jack flags ahead of the Jubilee weekend

Edward and Sophie will join Berkshire residents for their special lunch on the Long Walk, not far from Windsor Castle.

The Long Walk is being reinvented to create ‘the Long Table’ in celebration of the jubilee. This royal pair are also set to meet groups of street performers.

Charles and Camilla will also celebrate with the residents of Albert Square in an EastEnders special. They will be seen attending a Big Lunch in a June 2 episode of the BBC soap.

The Big Lunch is an annual event aimed at celebrating community connections.

Jubilee Pageant (from 2.30pm)

The finale on June 5 is the Jubilee Pageant through the streets of London.

Set to be watched by up to a billion people across the globe, more than 10,000 people have been involved in staging the £15million procession.

Puppet corgis, a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen and the Gold State Coach are just some of the sights set to feature in the 1.8-mile (3km) parade.

Union flags hang above as horses are walked along Regent Street in London today ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Union flags hang above as horses are walked along Regent Street in London today ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

 

Union flags hang above as horses are walked along Regent Street in London today ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Union flags hang above as horses are walked along Regent Street in London today ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Stars including Idris Elba, Sir Cliff Richard, Courtney Love and Slade’s Noddy Holder will take to open-top buses in a through-the-ages tribute to the culture and music of the 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of her reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny.

Olympic champions Sir Chris, Dame Laura and Sir Jason will be among six ‘hero cyclists’ who race towards Buckingham Palace ready to complete a 360-degree circuit of the Queen Victoria Memorial on Sunday.

Some 205 vehicles will appear as part of the parade, including 11 Morris Minors, seven Land Rovers, 20 vintage Minis including one in the shape of an Outspan Orange and seven original James Bond vehicles.

Some 205 vehicles will appear as part of the parade, including 11 Morris Minors, seven Land Rovers, 20 vintage Minis including one in the shape of an Outspan Orange and seven original James Bond vehicles. Members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Some 205 vehicles will appear as part of the parade, including 11 Morris Minors, seven Land Rovers, 20 vintage Minis including one in the shape of an Outspan Orange and seven original James Bond vehicles. Members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Ice cream vans, JCBs, Del-Boy's Only Fools And Horses three-wheeled Reliant Regal Supervan III, 15 Sinclair C5s, and seven open-top double-decker buses decorated in images of the decade they represent will also head down The Mall and past the palace. Pictured: Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Ice cream vans, JCBs, Del-Boy’s Only Fools And Horses three-wheeled Reliant Regal Supervan III, 15 Sinclair C5s, and seven open-top double-decker buses decorated in images of the decade they represent will also head down The Mall and past the palace. Pictured: Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Marines Commando personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Marines Commando personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Navy personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood

Royal Navy personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood

Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Navy personnel pictured at HMS Colingwood on Monday rehearsing for the Jubilee Pageant on Sunday. They will be joined with a peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes form across the seven decades of Her Majesty's reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny

Royal Navy personnel pictured at HMS Colingwood on Monday rehearsing for the Jubilee Pageant on Sunday. They will be joined with a peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes form across the seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny

Royal Navy personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham, Hampshire. The Pageant on Sunday has over 10,000 involved and is anticipating over a billion people watching from across the globe

Royal Navy personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham, Hampshire. The Pageant on Sunday has over 10,000 involved and is anticipating over a billion people watching from across the globe

Those picnicking at the Big Jubilee Lunch and taking part in the spectacular Pageant parade through London on Sunday could face unsettled weather with a cloudier day, 19C (66F) highs and some risk of showers. Royal Navy personnel rehearse for their role at the Pageant on Sunday

Those picnicking at the Big Jubilee Lunch and taking part in the spectacular Pageant parade through London on Sunday could face unsettled weather with a cloudier day, 19C (66F) highs and some risk of showers. Royal Navy personnel rehearse for their role at the Pageant on Sunday

Set to be watched by up to a billion people across the globe, more than 10,000 people have been involved in staging the £15million procession

Set to be watched by up to a billion people across the globe, more than 10,000 people have been involved in staging the £15million procession

Puppet corgis, a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen and the Gold State Coach are just some of the sights set to feature in the 1.8-mile (3km) parade

Puppet corgis, a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen and the Gold State Coach are just some of the sights set to feature in the 1.8-mile (3km) parade

A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of her reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny. Pictured: Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of her reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny. Pictured: Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Members of the marching band rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Members of the marching band rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Members of the Royal Marines rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Members of the Royal Marines rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Royal Navy and Royal Marines rehearse for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant. More than 200 personnel, supported by the Royal Marine Corps of Drums, are put through their paces for the final time before they represent the Royal Navy at the Pageant on Sunday

Royal Navy and Royal Marines rehearse for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant. More than 200 personnel, supported by the Royal Marine Corps of Drums, are put through their paces for the final time before they represent the Royal Navy at the Pageant on Sunday 

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant will tell the story of The Queen's 70-year reign, including her enduring and close bond with the UK Armed Forces

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant will tell the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign, including her enduring and close bond with the UK Armed Forces

 

More than 200 personnel, supported by the Royal Marine Corps of Drums, are put through their paces for the final time before they represent the Royal Navy at the Pageant on Sunday 5 June

More than 200 personnel, supported by the Royal Marine Corps of Drums, are put through their paces for the final time before they represent the Royal Navy at the Pageant on Sunday 5 June

Ice cream vans, JCBs, Del-Boy’s Only Fools And Horses three-wheeled Reliant Regal Supervan III, 15 Sinclair C5s, and seven open-top double-decker buses decorated in images of the decade they represent will also head down The Mall and past the palace.

It is hoped the monarch will make a final appearance on the Palace balcony to round off the weekend to see a musical finale of Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem with a choir made up of nearly 200 celebrities.

The pageant is split into four acts: 

  • For Queen and Country with a military parade; 
  • The Time of Our Lives progressing through seven decades of culture, music and fashion; 
  • Let’s Celebrate telling the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters with corgi puppets and carnival creations; and
  • Happy and Glorious musical spectacle starring Ed Sheeran and close to 200 celebrities.

 

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