Platinum Jubilee 2022: Sodden fans brave second night on the Mall

For Queen and country! Sodden royal fans brave second night camping on the Mall despite downpours so they have prime spot for start of Platinum Jubilee celebrations tomorrow

  • Sodden royal superfans were lashed by rain as they camped down The Mall near Buckingham Palace
  • But though their socks may be wet, there’s no sign that their spirits have dampened yet
  • Millions of people are preparing for a special bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign
  • Royal Navy, British Army and RAF marched through London yesterday for last rehearsal for pageant 
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

Sodden royal superfans were lashed by downpours overnight as they camped down The Mall – but though their socks may be wet, their spirits have not been dampened too much ahead of this weekend’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

John Loughrey and Maria Scott are among those who have nabbed the best spots near Buckingham Palace to view a series of events to mark the Queen’s astonishing 70 years on the throne as a mood of excitement grips the nation.

Waving from their tents, Mr Loughrey, 67, who lives in South London, said he first fell in love with the monarchy as a child in the 1960s, and has met the Queen twice, once at Windsor Castle when he gave her a rose for each member of her family.

He added: ‘She goes out of her way to meet people. I said to Her Majesty, ‘we are very proud of you and you are always in our hearts’. She has seen so much history. She has had a long life, always been there for the Commonwealth and done her duty.’

Ms Scott, 51, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, added: ‘The police know us because we always come out at royal events. They have no problems with us doing it.

‘When the rain goes away we normally have lots of people coming by to chat to us. They think it’s wonderful how patriotic we are and it’s wonderful meeting people from so many different countries. I think the Queen is amazing. She has been very strong over the years and through her life. She is the backbone of the country.’

Millions of Britons are gearing up for street parties and national commemorations held in in the Queen’s honour during the special extended bank holiday weekend.

Royal fan John Loughrey shows off his Platinum Jubilee Medal on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, Wednesday June 1, 2022

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. Wednesday June 1, 2022

People logging along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace, in London, June 1, 2022

Royal fan John Loughrey on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, London, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Wednesday June 1, 2022

John Loughrey poses with a cutout of the Queen, in his tent he has put up to camp outside Buckingham Palace

Royal fans Donna Werner, from Connecticut, US and Mary Jane from England pose next to their tents outside Buckingham Palace in London, May 31, 2022

Royal fan Donna Werner poses next to her tent outside Buckingham Palace in London, May 31, 2022

John Loughrey standing next to his tent he has put up to camp outside Buckingham Palace, May 31, 2022

A man sells merchandise outside a shop near Windsor Castle ahead of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee, May 31, 2022

Royal fan John Loughrey standing next to his tent he has put up to camp outside Buckingham Palace, May 31, 2022

Royal fans next to their tents they have set up to camp outside Buckingham Palace, May 31, 2022

Princess Eugenie has paid a personal tribute to her ‘grannie’ the Queen ahead of the Jubilee celebrations.

Eugenie, writing in The Spectator magazine, said, referring to her son August: ‘I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and for our family during these 70 years.

‘I’d love Augie to have her patience, her calmness and her kindness, while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye.’

She added: ‘Seventy years is really quite something, isn’t it?

‘The Jubilee stands as a testimony to a woman who has transcended time and has been that constant rock for so many when the world can feel so fragile.’

Her Majesty, 96, returned to her Windsor Castle home with her dogs yesterday after a pre-Jubilee break at Balmoral as she paces herself ahead of the four days of festivities. Her flight back to London was forced to abort a landing when her 13-seater plane was caught in a storm.

Yesterday final rehearsals for the pageant that will round off the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee weekend took place.

Despite thunder, hail and lightening, the spectacular Gold State Coach, pulled by eight Windsor Greys, was seen in The Mall as members of the Armed Forces took to the streets from 4.30am.

Built in 1762, it is the third oldest coach in the UK and is being taken outside the Royal Mews for the first time since the Golden Jubilee.

Made of giltwood – a thin layer of gold leaf over wood – the coach is 23 feet long and 12 feet tall, and weighs four tons. Because of its weight and suspension, it is only ever used at a walking pace – and it is said to be the most uncomfortable carriage the Queen owns.

The elaborate vehicle features a massive triton figure in gilded walnut wood to represent the spreading of the news of good government above each wheel.

The main body is carved to represent palm trees framing the doors and windows. It features paintings of Roman gods and goddesses representing human skill and endeavour including the arts, sciences, virtue and security.

The front panel includes a figure of Britannia sitting on the banks of the Thames in London, with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral just visible.

On the roof is a giltwood carving of the British imperial crown being held by three putti, or cherubs, representing England, Scotland and Ireland.

On Sunday archive footage of the 27-year-old monarch waving on her Coronation Day – June 2, 1953 – will be beamed on to the remodelled windows of the carriage using state-of-the-art technology to make it seem as if she is riding inside.

And yesterday it was up to personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force to give onlookers a glimpse of just how spectacular Sunday’s event will be.

Troops carrying flags of Commonwealth nations were seen marching down The Mall, while members of the Household Cavalry were photographed in Parliament Square as they prepared for the huge parade.

The pageant will not only include the military, however. Some 205 vehicles, including 11 Morris Minors, seven Land Rovers, 20 vintage Minis and seven original James Bond vehicles, will take to the road.

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.

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 event which will process through the streets in four acts, as the finale of the weekend.

Close to 200 national treasures will take to 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 at the end of the pageant on Sunday.

It is hoped the Queen will be able to make the balcony appearance, despite facing mobility issues.

It has emerged that she is no longer planning to attend the Epsom Derby on Saturday – one of her favourite events of the year – in order to pace herself for the busy run of national occasions.

The Gold State Coach is seen during a final early morning rehearsal through London, May 31, 2022

Service personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force take part in an early morning rehearsal, May 31, 2022

Members of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force conduct a rehearsal through London, May 31, 2022

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging the carnival procession on Sunday

Troops carrying flags of Commonwealth nations march on The Mall during an early morning rehearsal, May 31, 2022

The Royal Marines Band will provide the musical accompaniment, as the crowds of well-wishers gathered in front of the palace and along The Mall are invited to join in the patriotic sing-song.

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging the carnival procession from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch, and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Sheeran will also perform his love song Perfect in tribute to the Queen and her beloved late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, with a montage of footage of the couple playing on the screens as he sings.

Up to one billion people across the globe are expected to tune in to watch the parade, with organisers estimating some 100,000 will line the route.

The ambitious £15 million 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 will travel in decorated open top double decker buses for the decade-by-decade celebrations.

For the 1990s, actor Idris Elba, singer Courtney Love, actress Patsy Kensit, supermodel Erin O’Connor and All Saints singers Natalie and Nicole Appleton will take to the top of one of the vehicles.

Other well-known faces for the eras will include actress siblings Hayley and Juliet Mills, Gloria Hunniford and Sir Cliff on the 1950s bus, Alan Titchmarsh, Basil Brush and Kate Garraway for the 1960s, and Slade’s Noddy Holder and Dynasty actress Stephanie Beacham for the 1970s.

Actor Anthony Head, singer Tony Hadley, children’s presenter Timmy Mallett and sports presenter Gary Lineker will represent the 1980s, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Mo Farah will be part of the 2000 crew, and rapper Professor Green and DJ and producer Naughty Boy will join Joe Wicks on the 2010 bus.

Seven celebrated dames – Dame Floella Benjamin, Dame Darcey Bussell, Dame Joan, Dame Lesley ‘Twiggy’ Lawson, Dame Prue, Dame Arlene Foster and Dame Zandra Rhodes – will be driven down The Mall in seven vintage convertible Jaguars.

The dames’ appearances form one of several special segues interspersed throughout the parade.

Characters from seven decades of children’s television, including the four Teletubbies – Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po – the Gruffalo, six Wombles, In The Night Garden’s Iggle Piggle, Wallace & Gromit, Paddington Bear, Peter Rabbit and Tiny and Small from The Clangers, and Peppa Pig, George Pig, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig, will take to a float.

The Queen is seen being taken to her Coronation in 1953. She had become Queen the previous year after the death of her father, King George VI

In 1953, the Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, in the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet. Royal Mews staff strapped a hot water bottle under the seat, as the day was unseasonably cold and wet. The return route from the Abbey was extended, allowing as many people as possible to see the Queen, now wearing the Imperial State Crown

The procession took 45 minutes to pass any one given point. Above: The coach carrying Her Majesty passes the front of Buckingham Palace in 1953

Royal Collection SUSPENDS Platinum Jubilee sales due to ‘unprecedented demand’ for items – with staff battling to meet orders for items including £40 tankard and £65 tea cup set 

Demand for Jubilee-themed souvenirs, including the Royal Collection Trust’s official chinaware, has soared

People looking to buy Jubilee souvenirs online are greeted with a message saying sales have been suspended due to high demand

The Royal Collection has suspended sales of Platinum Jubilee souvenirs due to an ‘unprecedented demand’ for items.

Demand for items such as a £40 tankard and a £65 tea cup set has left staff battling to fulfill orders made online.

The trust, which sells everything from chinaware and glasses, to tea towels and chocolate, is instead urging people to visit in store if they want to buy items.

It comes ahead of the long Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, which will see four days of events to celebrate The Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.

However, those looking to buy items online to mark the occasion may have to contain their excitement for a few days while the backlog of orders is cleared.

Organisers initially planned for the characters to parade down the route, but arrangements had to be altered due to practical concerns.

Mr Zolkwer, the show’s director, said: ‘We realised that none of them can actually walk. They’re great at hugging and waving but not great at walking 3km.’

One of the Queen’s own Land Rovers will feature in a seven decades of Land Rovers section.

The dark green A444 RYV Land Rover 110 Station V8 Wagon belongs to the monarch and is kept in the Royal Garages at Windsor Castle.

Another – King George VI’s Series 1, which was used at Balmoral until 1966 – was found in a garage many years later by the Prince of Wales and restored with the help of Land Rover.

There will also be the Bronze Green Family Defender, which resides at Gaydon Museum; a 1948 Amsterdam launch car, which is the oldest Land Rover in existence; a vehicle owned by Land Rover founder Spencer Wilks; the final L316 Defender 90 built in 2016; and a new modern blue Defender 90.

Land Rovers were chosen because of their affiliation with the royal family, with the rural-loving Windsors driving a range over the decades, and the Duke of Edinburgh specially designing and commissioning a Land Rover hearse in preparation for his own funeral.

Another segue will focus on JCBs – including one from the year of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, others manufactured in jubilee years and a new 2022 backhoe powered by hydrogen.

Ten James Bond vehicles used in the 007 movies will also delight the crowds, including the Triumph motorcycle and Land Rover Series III from No Time To Die, an amphibious Lotus Esprit S1 known as Wet Nellie from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me and the Aston Martin V8 from 1987’s The Living Daylights.

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.

The weekend’s celebrations will begin this Thursday with the Trooping the Colour parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for 260 years, and will end with the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony and a spectacular flypast.

Beacons will also be lit through the UK and Commonwealth, with a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

A towering, living sculpture of trees will be lit and projections cast on to the front of Buckingham Palace to highlight the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes.

On Friday, a service of thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, which the Queen plans to attend.

Arrangements have been tailored for her comfort, however. There will be no ceremonial journey from the palace, while the monarch, who is facing mobility issues, will use a different entrance so she does not have to scale the steep steps. Great Paul, the largest Church bell in the country, will be rung for the service.

It was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism. This is the first time it will have been rung for a royal occasion since it was restored in 2021.

On Saturday, the Queen intends to attend the Epsom Derby, and in the evening attention will turn again to Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace. Stars of stage, screen and pop and rock will perform in front of a crowd of 22,000 people.

On the final day of celebrations, on Sunday, 60,000 Big Jubilee Lunches will be held across the country and the Commonwealth – ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to simple back garden barbecues – to encourage community-led events.

Final decisions on the Queen’s appearances across the weekend are not likely to be announced until the day they are due, Buckingham Palace said.

One day to go – and we can’t wait to get the party started! Model Red Arrows, a knitted effigy of the Queen… and miles of bunting: How Britons are gearing up for the big Jubilee bash

From hanging Union Jack flags across streets and gardens to knitting life-sized figures of the Queen, Britain has gone Jubilee mad.

While official celebrations won’t start until Thursday, the public’s preparations are already in full swing with Britons up and down the country making quirky tributes to the 96-year-old monarch.

A record 12million people are set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at street parties.

Some royal superfans were setting up tents yesterday to get a prime spot on The Mall ahead of tomorrow’s Trooping the Colour. 

In Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, 34 women have knitted a life-sized Queen in a white dress and robe, complete with a knitted life-sized corgi sitting beside her.

Britain has gone Jubilee mad, with quirky tributes to the Queen already popping up – including a life-sized model of Her Majesty made of cake in Birmingham (pictured)

In Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, 34 women have knitted a life-sized Queen in a white dress and robe, complete with a knitted life-sized corgi sitting beside her (pictured)

 Norwich also has a life-sized knitted Queen on display, made with over 1,000 balls of wool

A balcony scene depicts members of the Royal Family watching the procession

Norwich also has a life-sized knitted Queen on display. It was originally made for the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 2017 with over 1,000 balls of wool.

The 140-member strong Secret Society of Hertford Crafters has spent more than 15,000 hours on creating knitted installations. 

A particularly impressive piece is a figure of Charles and Camilla alongside William and Kate, and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.

A young girl marvelled at another of their creations – a stand of knitted cakes in honour of the British staple of afternoon tea. 

In Birmingham, social media star Lara Mason spent five days creating a 5ft 3in replica of the Queen made out of Victoria sponge cake, using 400 eggs, 20kg of flour and 20kg of butter.

At Bamburgh beach in Northumberland, artist Claire Eason spent four hours painstakingly etching a 65ft postage stamp into the sand.

 Legoland has staged its own miniature pageant, with a display of the Red Arrows flying over Trafalgar Square and a model of Buckingham Palace and the Jubilee Tree of Trees.

Sales of bunting, trifle dishes and royal favourite tipple Dubonnet are soaring in the run-up to the bank holiday. 

Legoland has staged its own miniature pageant, with a display of the Red Arrows flying over Trafalgar Square and a model of Buckingham Palace and the Jubilee Tree of Trees (pictured)

Early-bird spectators pitch up their tents at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, securing front-row seats for the festivities beginning on Thursday

Ahead of Thursday’s Trooping the Colour, superfans are putting up tents at the Mall to ensure they get a good view

At John Lewis, sales of deckchairs have increased by 1,965 per cent and teapots by 317 per cent compared to last week. 

With a special 1am closing time for pubs over the four-day weekend, 120million pints are expected to be consumed.

Dancing on heir! Prince Charles shows off his fancy footwork as he surprises guests at a tea party in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

The Prince of Wales showed off his dancing skills as he made a surprise appearance at a tea party hosted at Highgrove in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

The heir-to-the-throne, 73, showed off his moves during the Prince’s Foundation event which took place yesterday, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee’s celebrations later this week. 

Charles took his dancing partner for a spin on the dancefloor and dazzled with his fancy footwork, before meeting with the attendees and the band. 

After boogying on down the dancefloor, the royal sat down for some tea and chatted with his guests, which included TV star Jools Holland and soul singer Ruby Turner. 

The heir-to-the-throne, 73, showed off his moves during the Prince’s Foundation event which took place yesterday, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee’s celebrations later this week

The event, held as a way combat loneliness and isolation within the community, saw men and women from the local area enjoy an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, scones and a glass or two of Highgrove prosecco, while socialising and enjoying live music.

Guests were unaware the prince would be joining them, and his entrance was met with delighted gasps.

Immediately after arriving, Charles sat down with special guest Elizabeth Powell, from Highnam, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 6.

He presented her with a bouquet of flowers from his gardens and a handwritten birthday card, the front of which was decorated with a print of one of his own paintings.

Fancy footwork! The Prince of Wales dazzled on the dancefloor as he took of his dancing partners for a spin 

After showing off his dancing skills, the Prince of Wales had a chat with the band present at the event 

Holland and Turner got the room to sing Happy Birthday to the centenarian.

Mrs Powell said afterwards: ‘I’m so surprised by everything, its so beautiful here and Prince Charles was so very nice, bless him.

‘He wished me a happy birthday and asked if I was keeping well and if I live on my own, which I do in a bungalow not far from my son, his wife and my grandchildren.’

She said she was ‘all geared up’ to watch the Jubilee and was looking forward to attending a street party and village fête with her family.

Asked for her secret to a long life, she replied: ‘I like to have a glass of red wine in the evening. And sometimes I have a sherry at lunchtime as well.’

Guest Bridget Tibbs, who donned a vibrant red skirt for her afternoon of dancing, looked delighted to be dancing with the future King 

Charles graciously took the time to greet the guests who came for tea and Highgrove yesterday

Partygoers gathered around the heir-to-the-throne during the dancing tea. From left to right,  Jools Holland, Ruby Turner and Patrick Grant were among those who received an invite 

Elizabeth Powell, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 6th, me with Jools Holland during the event 

A local Lindy Hop group, Cheltenham Swing Dance, were on hand to get the dancing under way.

After greeting most of the guests, Charles joined dancer Bridget Tibbs for a tango to a rendition of Just Softly As A Morning Sunrise, performed by The Honeymoon Swing, with his entrance to the dancefloor greeted by applause.

Ms Tibbs said: ‘We were talking about dancing and then I said, ‘Would you like to have a little dance’? I thought, you’ve got to ask. He came back a few minutes later and said, ‘Shall we have that dance?’

‘It was wonderful. He was very lovely to dance with, a lovely sense of rhythm, a nice hold. It was a pleasure.

Ms Tibbs, an alpaca farmer, added: ‘He was delightful to talk to and we had a good chat. I was actually talking to him about environmental issues and saying the work that he does is amazing.’

Audrey Webber, 61, who began Highnam’s Goodneighbour Cafe, which started during Covid-19 lockdowns as a support group for those feeling isolated, said: ‘It is so important, what they’re doing here, especially after the lockdown, which has exacerbated people’s feelings of loneliness.

‘Seeing the smiles on people’s faces today is just so lovely.’

Elizabeth, left, who wore a lovely blue ensemble, seemed delighted to be introduced to the crooner Jools Holland 

Jools Holland delighted guests with a piano performance during Highgrove’s dancing tea yesterday 

Guests put on their best clothes and hats in order to attend the glitzy event in Gloucestershire   

Charles was seen in deep conversation with Bridget as the pair enjoyed a turn around the room 

Anna Gibbins, 64, from South Cerney, an Age UK volunteer whose husband recently died with dementia, said: ‘Older people tend to feel invisible but they have a part to play in society, and many have hidden talents that we should all want to capitalise on.

‘Events like this help people feel special, loved and connected.’

Every guest at the tea dance was given a gift bag with items donated by friends of the Prince’s Foundation including a Penhaligon’s hand cream, a Halcyon Days tea tidy, a scarf from Johnstons of Elgin.

It also included a David Austen mug or teacup and saucer, a voucher for a David Austen rose, Highgrove berry tea, a Platinum Jubilee keyring and candle, and a mini Bramley hand wash or hand cream.


The Prince of Wales impressed with his moves on the dancefloor as he and Bridget gave the rest of the attendees a show 

Dressed in a dapper grey suit with a light blue tie, the heir-to-the throne gallantly met his guests 

Other dancers soon joined Prince Charles and his dancing partner on the dancefloor as others looked on 

Showing them how it’s done! The heir-to=-the-throne showed he was smooth on the dancefloor 

Guests began the afternoon by watching the several dancers who were entertaining at the tea yesterday

The dancers gathered at the centre of the table in order to give their audience a proper show as Jools Holland played on 

The first of four tea dances took place on Monday at the Garrison Chapel in Chelsea, the foundation’s exhibition space in west London, where pianist Joe Thompson and a choir featuring pupils from nearby Francis Holland School provided the entertainment.

On Wednesday a large event will be held at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, followed by another at the Castle of Mey in Caithness on Thursday.

The Prince’s Foundation hosts such events every three weeks at its Dumfries House headquarters with funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Guests of the tea dances are identified by partner organisations from across Britain, including Age UK, East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities and Befriending Caithness.

To decorate each of the four venues, thousands of triangles to form bunting were sewn by members of the Dumfries House Sewing Bee, another of the foundation’s initiatives aimed at providing people with a social environment.

Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, co-presenter of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, helped put the finishing touches to the bunting in the pavilion of the Ayrshire country house.

Simon Sadinsky, executive director of the foundation, said: ‘Social isolation is a widespread issue which has been felt more keenly than ever by many over the past two years, and it has been great to see so many people enjoying the opportunity to socialise with others in their

How the nation will mark Queen’s 70 years on the throne: Days of joyous Jubilee celebrations will start with birthday parade, see royals visit EVERY corner of UK and end with 200,000 street parties… so how will YOU celebrate?

People across the UK are preparing to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the four-day weekend from this Thursday, with a series of major events scheduled – from Trooping the Colour to a special Pageant.

Britons will also be able to celebrate the nation’s longest-reigning monarch with a series of outdoor parties on Sunday, while there will be a televised concert on the BBC from Buckingham Palace the day before.

** What are you doing to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee? Please email: [email protected] ** 

The Queen is expected to delight crowds with a double appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony – at the start of celebrations after Trooping the Colour on Thursday, and after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.

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 Thursday: 

TODAY AND TOMORROW

No official celebrations planned, but hundreds of ongoing events are being held across the UK by museums, art galleries and hotels to mark the Jubilee – with a full list of 652 public events before Thursday available here.

The Tower of London’s Superbloom – 20 million seeds planted in the moat to create a spectacular meadow – opens from Wednesday until September and features a family-friendly slide for visitors to shoot down into the attraction. 

THURSDAY 

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

The official programme for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee begins with the Trooping the Colour military spectacle this Thursday, which is due to begin at around 10am at Buckingham Palace.

More than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 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.

Some 400 musicians from 10 military bands and corps of drums will march amid pomp and pageantry.

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

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.

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

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

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 yesterday for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which will take place on Friday 

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

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.

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) 

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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