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Inside the Queen’s spectacular Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, from A-list pop stars to Kate and Will’s adorable children

THE countdown to the Platinum Anniversary celebrations has begun.

More than 50 million people say they will attend events organized to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

More than 50 million people say they will attend events organized to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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More than 50 million people say they will attend events organized to mark the Queen’s Platinum JubileePhoto credit: Getty
This is what the stage at Buckingham Palace will look like

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This is what the stage at Buckingham Palace will look like
The Union flag is projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace for a Platinum Party

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The Union flag is projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace for a Platinum PartyCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

Yesterday Buckingham Palace officials revealed more details of the anniversary jamboree – and you’ll want to make a royal appointment.

Mike Ridley shares what you can look forward to during next month’s momentous four-day holiday celebrations.

Thursday June 2nd

THE historic four-day Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday kicks off at 10am sharp with the annual Trooping the Color ceremony in London.

For the past two years, the Queen’s official birthday military parade has been a slimmed-down affair at Windsor Castle.

Lewis Wilde tests one of his gas fires to be lit across the UK

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Lewis Wilde tests one of his gas fires to be lit across the UKCredit: PA

But to celebrate the Queen’s remarkable 70-year reign, the parade returns to London with more than 1,500 soldiers taking part.

The color is used by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

They are escorted down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall by officers and men from the Household Division, as well as military bands and 240 horses.

They will accompany the royal family including Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne who will be on horseback.

Visitors to the crowded mall can see Camilla and Kate in carriages taking them to the Trooping the Color ceremony

A royal salute will be fired across the country to mark the anniversary – and later you can see the royals making their way back to Buckingham Palace.

The Queen is expected to be on the balcony after the parade.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children Prince George and Louis and Princess Charlotte will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the traditional RAF flypast.

The Red Arrows are among the dozens of planes flying up the Mall and over Buckingham Palace in a salute to Her Majesty.

At 8pm, as dusk falls, the Royal Family will use lasers to light a beacon at Buckingham Palace.

Traditional bonfires will then be lit in 2,000 towns, villages and cities across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories.

Help for Heroes veterans will light beacons at the most northerly, south-eastern and westerly points of Britain.

Friday June 3rd

At 10.50am, Great Paul will ring at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to celebrate a Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s Reign.

The 16-ton church bell, the largest in Britain, has rung just eight times since its restoration last year – and this is the first time it’s been rung for a royal event.

Great Paul will ring at St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate a Thanksgiving service for the Queen's record-breaking reign

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Great Paul will ring at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate a Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s record-breaking reignPhoto credit: Getty
The 16 ton church bell is the largest in Britain

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The 16 ton church bell is the largest in BritainPhoto credit: News UK Ltd

Five minutes later, bells will ring in churches across the UK.

Around 2,000 invited guests come to the service at 11.30 a.m., who will sing a new anthem for the anniversary for the first time.

It has not been announced whether Boris Johnson will give a reading at the service, as former Prime Minister David Cameron did during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.

Saturday 4.6

COURTIERS are said to be “moving heaven and earth” to allow the Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, to attend the Derby at Epsom Racecourse at 5.30pm.

It’s Britain’s richest flat race – and the only classic the Queen has never won.

George Ezra will perform on a trio of high-tech concert stages that will be erected outside the palace

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George Ezra will perform on a trio of high-tech concert stages that will be erected outside the palacePhoto credit: Getty
Her Majesty at the Derby in 2005

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Her Majesty at the Derby in 2005Photo credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will also perform

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Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will also performPhoto credit: Getty

Her horse with the best odds, Reach For The Moon, was already drawn from the 243rd edition of the tournament.

Around 40 retired and current jockeys, dressed in the Queen’s silks, will form an honor guard.

One of them will be 79-year-old Willie Carson, who rode Dunfermline, winner of the 1977 Silver Jubilee Queen’s Oaks.

Proms In The Park will be held in London and there will be an anniversary picnic on Windsor’s Long Walk.

The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace starts at 8pm, attended by up to 22,000 members of the public, including 10,000 who won tickets in a vote, and 5,000 key staff.

Some of the world’s biggest stars will perform in the three-hour live concert to celebrate the Queen’s 70th reign.

Singers George Ezra and Radio 1’s Clara Amfo will be among a host of big names performing on a trio of high-tech concert stages being erected outside the palace.

The three-hour party will be moderated on BBC1 by Newsnight’s Kirsty Young and Capital Radio’s breakfast show host Roman Kemp.

The Beeb bosses will announce the full line-up later.

Sunday June 5th

Starting at noon, more than 60,000 people will be hosting Big Jubilee Lunches.

Members of the Royal Family are expected to attend some of the thousands of community gatherings taking place around the UK at lunchtime.

Ed Sheeran will be among 10,000 cast members, key staff and volunteers in a pageant telling the story of the Queen's reign

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Ed Sheeran will be among 10,000 cast members, key staff and volunteers in a pageant telling the story of the Queen’s reignPhoto credit: Garrett White – The Sun Dublin
An air circus performance under a balloon with the Queen's image

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An air circus performance under a balloon with the Queen’s image
An incredible parade in central London starts at Parliament Square, runs along Whitehall and up the Mall

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An incredible parade in central London starts at Parliament Square, runs along Whitehall and up the Mall

Events large and small are planned, including world record attempts during the longest street party ever at Oxfordshire’s Goring Gap Festival.

At the Oval in Kennington, south London, guests honored for their charity work will attend a luncheon on the cricket ground.

Many people attending the anniversary luncheon will enjoy the dessert, which will have won the nationwide Platinum Pudding contest.

The BBC will unveil the winning recipe on Thursday.

Tonight, Ed Sheeran will be among 10,000 performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, essential workers and volunteers in a pageant telling the story of the Queen’s reign.

Central London’s incredible parade begins at Parliament Square, skirts Whitehall and up the Mall.

It ends at the Palace, where Ed, 31, will pay tribute to Her Majesty – 11 years after playing in his socks at a street party in Battersea, south London, to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Westminster Abbey’s bells will ring for the pageant, just as they did for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The mounted band of Household Cavalry will accompany the Queen’s Gold State carriage.

Its windows show images of her coronation – to which she traveled in the same carriage.

The coach has not been seen on the streets of London for 20 years.

The £15m competition, involving 6,000 volunteers, is seen by a billion television viewers worldwide.

Highlights include an aerial artist hanging under a helium balloon with the Queen’s image and a giant 3D bust of Her Majesty.

Other key moments will include a giant oak tree flanked by maypole dancers, a giant moving wedding cake playing Bollywood hits and a towering dragon.

A 20 foot puppet of a teenage princess, barefoot and carefree, will be surrounded by a pack of mischievous puppet corgis.


Fancy the pub afterwards? For the bank, they’re open two extra hours – until 1am Thursday through Saturday
Vacation.


A SPECIAL Platinum Jubilee T-shirt goes on sale next week.

It was designed by artist Charlie Macksey, author of the best-selling illustrated book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse.

A special platinum anniversary t-shirt designed by artist Charlie Macksey goes on sale next week

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A special platinum anniversary t-shirt designed by artist Charlie Macksey goes on sale next week

The shirt features the boy and the mole holding a heart-shaped Union Jack and the words, “Thanks Ma’am”.

The shirt will be available on the Royal Collection Trust’s website and in its stores in London, Windsor and Edinburgh.

Anniversary Rush - Just some of the 1,000 events across the UK

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Anniversary Rush – Just some of the 1,000 events across the UK
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee takes place from June 2nd to 5th

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee takes place from June 2nd to 5th

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