Hologram Queen smiles and waves from the Gold State Coach
Hologram Queen smiles and waves from the Gold State Coach in touching throwback to her coronation in 1953 and the early days of Her Majesty’s 70-year reign
- An image of a young Queen was beamed onto the side of the Gold State Coach
- Her Majesty’s youthful likeness delighted fans as she proceeded down The Mall
- The Gold State Coach carried the 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on the day of her coronation on June 2, 1953
- It is not known if the Queen will make an in-person appearance at today’s event
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A hologram of the young Queen waving at royal fans down The Mall has been beamed onto the Gold State Coach, as royals and politicians gather outside Buckingham Palace to watch today’s spectacular £15million Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The thousands of fans delighted in seeing the youthful likeness of Queen Elizabeth II greeting them as the carriage progressed along The Mall, in a touching throwback to the early days of Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.
The Gold State Coach is an especially significant part of today’s procession because it transported the 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on the day of her coronation on June 2, 1953.
The opulent carriage, drawn by eight of Her Majesty’s finest Windsor Grey horses, is more than 250 years old and is sumptuously upholstered in velvet and satin.
It weighs a staggering four tons and its golden exterior is covered in intricate carvings and adornments, making the vehicle the ‘iconic figurehead’ of the Platinum Pageant, according to a Palace release.
But it has also earned a reputation among royals for its rough ride – the Queen herself described her coronation journey in the cabin as ‘horrible’ and ‘not very comfortable’, echoing the complaints of several monarchs before her including Queen Victoria and King William IV.
Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging the carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, echoing Her Majesty’s 1953 coronation procession.
It is not known if the 96-year-old monarch will make an appearance at today’s pageant, after she pulled out of two Jubilee events amid concerns for her health.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their children George, Charlotte and Louis are among those seated in the royal box alongside Boris and Carrie Johnson, Keir Starmer and Sadiq Khan to watch the incredible two-mile procession through central London.
Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, and other members of the royal family are all expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the end of the two-and-a-half-hour procession.
A hologram of Queen Elizabeth II in the Gold State Coach during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022
Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen during the Platinum Pageant
Attendees take pictures of the hologram of the Queen projected on the Gold State Coach, June 5, 2022
A youthful likeness of the Queen greeted fans as the Gold State Coach proceeded down The Mall
The Golden Coach, which has not been seen in public for 20 years, goes down The Mall, June 5, 2022
Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, standing in the royal box outside Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reacts upon her arrival to attend the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022
Prince William takes his seat ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022
Soldiers parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, June 5, 2022
Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging the spectacular two-mile carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace
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 the Happy and Glorious musical spectacle.
Celebrities are travelling in decorated open top double decker buses for the decade-by-decade celebrations.
A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of the Queen’s reign, are heading down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny.
Close to 200 national treasures are set to take the stage to serenade the Queen by singing the national anthem at the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee festivities.
Stars including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw, Felicity Kendal, Joe Wicks and Holly Willoughby will join Ed Sheeran in a mass rendition of God Save The Queen outside Buckingham Palace to conclude the fesitivities.
Among the cast of colourful characters taking part in the Jubilee parade on Horse Guards is a group of Daleks from the sci-fi television programme Doctor Who, threatening passers-by that they will be ‘exterminated’ as they roll along with cultural icons from the 1960s in the decade-by-decade Time of Our Lives act of the pageant.
Meanwhile, millions up and down the country are gathering for 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches, street parties, picnics and barbecues today, as Platinum Jubilee celebrations draw to a close.
Last night the Prince of Wales called the Queen ‘Mummy’ and described how ‘you laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us’ in a moving, personal tribute to Britain’s longest-serving head of state after the Buckingham Palace concert.
The monarch received affectionate tributes from the Prince of Wales and national figures during Saturday night’s Platinum Party at the Palace that saw Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross and Duran Duran perform for thousands in The Mall.
And in a comic sketch that delighted the nation, the Queen had tea with Paddington Bear and revealed, like the furry character, she is partial to a marmalade sandwich.
Paying tribute to the monarch after his son the Duke of Cambridge’s rallying cry for climate change action, Charles, who was joined by his wife Camilla, said: ‘You pledged to serve your whole life – you continue to deliver.’
The future king, who began his heartfelt speech with ‘Your Majesty, Mummy’ just as he did at the Diamond and Golden Jubilee pop concerts, told the Queen: ‘You have been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.’
He added: ‘You have met us and talked with us. You laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us, for these 70 years. You pledged to serve your whole life – you continue to deliver. That is why we are here. That is what we celebrate tonight.’
Charles reflected on the Queen’s every-growing family, which now stretches to 12 great-grandchildren, and on her dual role as sovereign and royal matriarch. He said: ‘Your family now spans four generations. You are our Head of State. And you are also our mother.’
And in a touching moment, Charles spoke of his ‘much missed’ late father the Duke of Edinburgh, calling him ‘My Papa’ and saying the Queen’s late husband Philip was there ‘in spirit’.
Members of the Military march along the Mall during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022
The Gold State Coach passes in front of Buckingham Palace during the pageant, June 5, 2022
Members of military take part in a parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022
Members of the Household Cavalry march ahead of the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022
Members of the Household Division march ahead of the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022
Carrie Johnson arriving at the Platinum Pageant outside Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022
Labour leader Keir Starmer talks to London Mayor Sadiq Khan ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022
Buses for the decades at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for the Queen. Sunday June 5, 2022
A model of a dalek at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022
Participants prepare at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London, June 5, 2022
Participants prepare at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022
Spectators wait on the Mall, ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022
Wet and grey conditions on The Mall in Westminster ahead of the Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022
Last night the Duke of Cambridge hailed the Platinum Jubilee concert as full of ‘optimism and joy’ as he praised the Queen for her ‘hope’ in the future of the planet.
William paid tribute to the positive outlook of his grandmother during a segment of the Platinum Party at the Palace dedicated to the environment and featuring Sir David Attenborough.
He echoed the Queen’s words from her speech to the Cop26 UN Climate Change summit, when she said working together in a ‘common cause’ always gave rise to hope.
The duke highlighted the efforts of ‘visionary environmentalists’ and went on to name broadcaster and naturalist Sir David and spoke about the pride he felt for ‘my grandfather and my father’, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales, who have championed the natural world.
Speaking on stage to thousands gathered in The Mall, William said: ‘It’s my firm hope that my grandmother’s words are as true in 70 years’ time as they are tonight that as nations we come together in common cause, because then there is always room for hope.
‘Tonight has been full of such optimism and joy – and there is hope. Together, if we harness the very best of humankind, and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren and for future generations to come.’
Before the duke spoke, a pre-recorded message from Sir David was played featuring spectacular imagery of the planet with the Hans Zimmer orchestra playing a version of the Planet Earth II Suite as dancers from the Royal Ballet performed.
The crowds heard archive recordings of the Queen speaking about the future of the planet in 1989 during her Christmas Message: ‘The future of all life on earth depends on how we behave towards one another and how we treat the plants and animals that share our world with us.’
And an extract from the monarch’s Cop26 video message speech: ‘None of us underestimates the challenge ahead but history has shown that when nations come together in common cause there is always room for hope.’
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