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Neighbors, friends and family gather at street parties to celebrate the platinum anniversary

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**What are YOU doing to celebrate the platinum anniversary?**

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Britons across the country are gearing up to celebrate day three of the Queen’s platinum jubilee today, ahead of the party at the palace tonight.

Across the country, local streets are covered in red, white, and blue, just as they did for Her Majesty’s coronation in June 1953.

Families and neighbors have all banded together to celebrate the Queen in her long 70 years reigning in Britain, and the country as a whole has taken no hit when it comes to decorating with miles of streamers and anniversary memorabilia.

While parts of southern England are cloudy and some risk of showers, large parts of the country are expected to remain dry with sunshine this afternoon, meaning preparations for the third public holiday are in full swing.

The Queen’s official platinum jubilee celebrations enter their third day today with the Epsom Derby and Party at the Palace concert, featuring Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Sam Ryder and more.

The concert is the culmination of the third day of public events to mark the 96-year-old monarch’s record-breaking platinum anniversary with 22,000 people attending in person outside Buckingham Palace.

Motown legend Ross, who will be performing in Britain for the first time in 15 years, is a star attraction at the event, which will be held on a purpose-built 360-degree stage outside the Queen’s residence in central London.

Britons across the country are gearing up to celebrate day three of the Queen’s platinum jubilee today, ahead of the party at the palace tonight. Pictured: The community in Sidmouth, Devon, gathers for a celebration on day three of the celebrations

Locals in Blackpool get into the Jubilee spirit by throwing a street party to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.  Pictured: Rory Roberts, age 4, Maggie-Mae White, age 3, and Darcy Roberts, age seven, dressed for the occasion

Locals in Blackpool get into the Jubilee spirit by throwing a street party to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Pictured: Rory Roberts, age 4, Maggie-Mae White, age 3, and Darcy Roberts, age seven, dressed for the occasion

Patriotic: Elsewhere in Blackpool residents have spared no expense to beautify their streets with red, white and blue flag lines

Patriotic: Elsewhere in Blackpool residents have spared no expense to beautify their streets with red, white and blue flag lines

Steve Edge (right) with wife Lyndsey Edge and children Jess Edge (left) and Lucy Edge (2nd left) at a Jubilee Street Party

Steve Edge (right) with wife Lyndsey Edge and children Jess Edge (left) and Lucy Edge (2nd left) at a Jubilee Street Party

In the photo: residents pin the Union Jack tablecloths.  Residents battle high winds to set up their postponed street party on Brunswick Terrace on the seafront in Weymouth, Dorset, as weather changes on the third bank holiday

In the photo: residents pin the Union Jack tablecloths. Residents battle high winds to set up their postponed street party on Brunswick Terrace on the seafront in Weymouth, Dorset, as weather changes on the third bank holiday

Rockers Queen + Adam Lambert open the concert, with Italian opera star Bocelli and James Bond composer Hans Zimmer in the line-up.

Other performers include Alicia Keys, Craig David and Rod Stewart, George Ezra and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder. Elton John recorded a tribute.

The Queen – the longest reigning monarch in British history – is not expected to attend the two-and-a-half-hour event in person, but will instead be on television at Windsor Castle.

Her heir Prince Charles, 73, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39, will be in attendance.

They are part of a series of major events planned for the four-day extravaganza, which began Thursday with Trooping the Color and a breathtaking 71-aircraft Flypas, and will conclude on Sunday with a special Pageant honoring the life of the longest reigning monarch of the country.

Members of the Royal Family will also visit all corners of the UK this weekend for official appointments – with William and Kate going to Wales; Edward and Sophie travel to Northern Ireland; and Anne to Scotland.

Meanwhile, families, friends and neighbors join in the pageantry, dressing their homes and streets in red-white-blue flags, setting up marquees and long tables in preparation for day three of street parties.

Jess Edge (right) celebrates with sister Lucy Edge (left) at a Jubilee Street Party in Trafford on day three of the Platinum Jubilee

Jess Edge (right) celebrates with sister Lucy Edge (left) at a Jubilee Street Party in Trafford on day three of the Platinum Jubilee

Bunting at the ready: Neighbors in Sidmouth, Devon, enjoy pies, sandwiches and desserts on day three of the celebrations

Bunting at the ready: Neighbors in Sidmouth, Devon, enjoy pies, sandwiches and desserts on day three of the celebrations

Get ready: In Kent, Conservative MP Rehman Chishti shared photos of a Twydall street party (pictured)

Get ready: In Kent, Conservative MP Rehman Chishti shared photos of a Twydall street party (pictured)

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti shared photos of a street party in Twydall, Kent, earlier today.

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti shared photos of a street party in Twydall, Kent, earlier today.

Residents in Kent decorated their homes with red, white and blue flags today in preparation for their anniversary celebration

Residents in Kent decorated their homes with red, white and blue flags today in preparation for their anniversary celebration

Residents in Blackpool took advantage of the good weather and got into the patriotic spirit with dozens of street parties set to take place today.

Meanwhile, in Dorset, conditions are a little less favorable with neighbors battling stormy conditions but still going ahead with their plans to celebrate the anniversary with street parties today.

In Kent, Conservative MP Rehman Chishti shared photos of a street party in Twydall. The Conservative MP said: ‘It is a real pleasure to meet the locals in Hawthorne Avenue (Twydall) who are rallying for their HM #Jubilee Street Party. Have a fantastic day. Great to see great community spirit despite the cold windy conditions.’

It follows yesterday’s royal celebrations that began with a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London. At 10:50 a.m. Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country weighing 16.5 tons, rang to announce the thanksgiving service for the Queen’s long reign.

Her Majesty had hoped to attend the service, but has since had to withdraw after ‘inconvenience’ on the first day of the celebration. Buckingham Palace has also announced that the Queen will not be attending the Epsom Derby today.

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