A musical tribute conducted by Ed Sheeran, puppet corgis wreaking havoc in the Mall and a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen will feature in the ‘People’s Pageant’ – the carnival finale of the Monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The spectacle is watched by up to a billion viewers around the world. More than 10,000 people will be involved in staging the spectacle, including the military, more than 6,000 volunteers, performers and key workers, and 2,500 members of the public.
The £15million pageant is “made by people, for people” and is a “once in a lifetime” experience, organizers said.
It takes place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets on the afternoon of June 5 – the final day of the four-day bank holiday weekend marking the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.
Highlights include an aerial artist floating beneath a giant helium balloon known as the heliosphere, bearing the Queen’s image.
Other key moments will include a giant oak tree flanked by maypole dancers, a giant moving wedding cake that plays Bollywood hits, a towering dragon and three-story beasts.
At some point, the queen will introduce herself to a teenage princess in her younger days with a 20-foot puppet, barefoot and carefree, surrounded by a pack of mischievous puppet corgis who will create “humorous mayhem” along the Mall.
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A number of “national treasures” will take part in the finale when Ed Sheeran takes the stage to lead a special tribute to the Queen.
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David Zolkwer, the show’s director, declined to give further details, saying organizers wanted to “hold back a few surprises for the day”.
There is speculation members of the royal family could appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the final, a possible moment for the Duke of Sussex if he attends, but organizers would not base themselves on the rumours.
Rosanna Machado, executive director of the pageant, said: “We are in touch with the Royal Household regarding the participation of all members of the Royal Family and details will be released in due course.”
Members of the audience are invited to be part of the performance as people gather around the Queen Victoria Memorial just outside Buckingham Palace at the end.
Sheeran said he’s looking forward to the performance.
“I’m proud to be a part of the celebration and it will be a great opportunity to bring everyone together,” said the star.
Other celebrities who will be attending throughout the day include Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, Heston Blumenthal, and James Martin Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.
The event will be divided into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate and Happy and Glorious.
For Queen and Country features a military parade of 1,750 people and 200 horses – according to organizers one of the largest military spectacles in modern history.
The Time of Our Lives celebrates seven decades of culture, music and fashion with strolling Lambeth walkers, jivers, hippies, teddy boys, mods, glam rockers, punks, new romantics, ravers, Britpoppers, youngsters and breakbeaters.
Daleks, Sinclair C5s and a fleet of iconic cars from 1960s James Bond films will star, as will celebrities who have been “pioneering in British culture” including Sir Cliff and Dame Shirley.
The third act, “Let’s Celebrate”, tells the life story of the Queen in 12 chapters, with a tribute to her corgis and her beloved horses.
Bristol’s Cirque Bijou will stage the Unity chapter, featuring disabled and handicapped artists, as well as the Paralympic rugby and basketball teams.
Elite BMX stunt cyclists jump onto moving Land Rovers while the Queen’s helium balloon with air performer takes center stage.
A giant wire-frame bust of the monarch will appear during a tribute to the 1953 coronation.
This Afro-Caribbean carnival-style interpretation of the coronation by Mahogany Carnival Arts of Brent imagines the animal kingdom’s reaction to Princess Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952 during a safari in Kenya.
Her purple and white coronation robe will feature 80 dancers and will be flanked by twirling ‘baianas’ and older members of the community riding on mobility scooters converted into flamingos.
There will be a range of elephant and giraffe animal costumes.
The Queen’s 1947 marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, will be marked with a giant four-tiered wedding cake, baked in motion by acrobatic chefs.
The segment was created by Birmingham-based art performance organization Nukhut.
The cake, followed by Bollywood dancers, will host a sound system playing a medley of Bollywood tunes in tribute to the coming together of people across the UK and Commonwealth.
The final act, Happy and Glorious, will take place in front of the palace with Sheeran and will include the singing of the national anthem.
As preparations for the event continue in just over a month, Mr Zolkwer said: “This is very much a ‘folk pageant’ – it’s by and for the people.
“It’s about ordinary people coming together from near and far to do extraordinary things; real people with delightful, authentic stories to tell; The focus of a spectacular performance full of wonder, warmth, wit and so much humanity.
“It’s about how, through the memories, stories and experiences we share, we can see how we are all connected — through time; to each other; and to the queen.”
The procession will cover a 3 km route reflecting the Queen’s coronation.
The organizers have set a budget of between £10m and £15m to run the event and they are believed to have raised £15m from corporate sponsors and individuals.
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