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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Fans camp out in The Mall days before the parade

Devoted royalists set up tents along the Mall days in advance to get a good spot (Image: Reuters)

Superfans of the royal family are already camping out on the Mall days before the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Devoted royalists have braved heavy showers to soak up every moment of the historic occasion.

Thursday kicks off a great bank holiday weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II when Trooping the Color takes place at Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony takes place every year in honor of the Queen’s birthday, but this year it will be extra special.

The parade will feature military displays from the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards and more than 1,200 officers and men from the Household Division.

It is hoped that the Queen will join other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a special flypast.

To get a good seat, people have pitched tents along a security fence around Buckingaham Palace.

Royal fan Donna Werner of Connecticut, United States, poses with a hat she made for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations outside Buckingham Palace where she set up a tent for camping May 31 in London, Britain , 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Donna Werner, from Connecticut, USA, wears an elaborately designed hat to mark the Queen’s 70th reign (Image: Reuters)

Alamy Live News. 2JAMC1G London, United Kingdom. 31 May 2022. John Loughrey and Amy Thompson in their tents. Queen superfans have set up camp on The Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. Credit: Vuk Valcic/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

John Loughery, 67, says he’s been in love with the royal family since he was a child in the 1960s (Image: Alamy Live News.)

Royal fan John Loughrey poses with a cutout of Queen Elizabeth as he settles in his tent outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Royal superfan John touched Prince William by lighting a candle for his mother Diana on his 60th birthday (Image: Reuters)

John Loughery, 67, from London, said he first fell in love with the monarchy as a child in the 1960s and is countless royal events.

He said: “The Queen’s 90th birthday was special. And what would have been Diana’s 60th.

“Prince William was at the palace with his children and he came out and spoke to us and said: ‘This is an unofficial visit and I am touched by what you are doing for my mother.’

“I said, ‘I always pray for your mother and I will light a candle in Westminster Abbey.’

John said he met the Queen twice, once at Windsor Castle when he gave her a rose for each of her family members.

He added: “She does everything to meet people. I said to Her Majesty: “We are very proud of you and you are always in our hearts”.

“She’s seen so much history. She lived a long life, always serving the Commonwealth and doing her duty.”

Another royal fanatic, Sky London, 61, from London, said she was “very excited” about this week’s celebrations.

“The Queen has supported people with what they want and not what they want and that’s why she’s very popular around the world,” she said.

“We were there when George and Louis were born, when Harry got married and we’re just total fans of the royal family.

“What can you say about that? I’ve seen people in other cities say she will be the last monarch. She wasn’t the first and she won’t be the last.”

Alamy Live News. 2JAMC47 London, United Kingdom. May 2022. John Loughrey and Maria Scott with a cardboard cutout of the Queen next to their tents. Queen superfans have set up camp on The Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. Credit: Vuk Valcic/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

Suppoerts have taken turns running to the shops for supplies (Image: Alamy Live News)

Royal fan Donna Werner, of Connecticut, U.S., sets up her tent to camp outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain May 31, 2022. Reuters/Henry Nicholls

People have descended from all over the world to show their support for the Queen (Image: Reuters)

Royal fan Mary Jane of England stands next to her tent which she put up for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations outside Buckingham Palace in London, Britain May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Royal fan Mary Jane from Britain stands next to her tent two days before Trooping the Color (Image: Reuters)

Royal supporter John Loughrey stands next to his tent he brought to camp outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, May 31, 2022. Reuters/Henry Nicholls. Reuters/Henry Nicholls

John once said to the Queen: “We are very proud of you and you will always be in our hearts” (Image: Reuters)

Maria Scott, 51, from north east England, said her group showed up at 1.30am without notifying police.

“The police know us because we always perform at royal events. They have no problem with us doing it,” she said.

After Trooping the Color, Maria’s group plans to spend the night at St Paul’s Cathedral, where royals will attend a thanksgiving service on Friday.

They will then return to the palace for a concert on Saturday and a pageant on Sunday.

“Usually when the rain stops, a lot of people come over to chat with us,” Maria said.

“They love how patriotic we are and it’s wonderful to meet people from so many different countries.

“I think the Queen is great. She has been very strong over the years and throughout her life. It is the backbone of the country.”

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