Meet the team behind Platinum Jubilee Pageant, who organized a party fit for a queen


Former circus producer Adrian Evans, paramedic Stevie Smith and Strictly star Shirley Ballas are part of the team behind the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which is set to become Britain’s biggest party ever

Adrian Evans
Adrian Evans was asked to create a celebration fit for a queen

With over 8,500 performers, a host of celebrities and a TV audience of one billion viewers, Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be Britain’s biggest party ever.

The £15million event will tell the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign in four acts and retrace the two-mile route covered for her coronation in 1953. Here are some of the people involved.

The Pageant Master

Former circus producer Adrian Evans, 64, was asked to create a celebration fit for a queen.

Adrian, behind the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Parade, wanted to “capture the diversity of the people of the UK”.

There will be a 20ft puppet of the queen surrounded by cheeky corgis.

Famous faces include Dame Joan Collins, Sir Cliff Richard, Twiggy and Ed Sheeran, and Adrian said “everyone wants to be there.”

Queen Elizabeth II meets Ed Sheeran backstage at the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace



The paramedic

Stevie Smith, 32, is one of 14 key workers depicted on giant scrolls during the procession.

Stevie worked tirelessly during the pandemic, in her spare time converting an ambulance into a ‘welfare bus’, which she drove to the local hospital in Basildon, Essex, to boost staff morale – and handed out sweets, hot drinks and treats.

The pageant is about support and community, and Stevie said, “There was a lot of goodness in the people.”

Shirley Ballas was invited onto a 1970s-style open-top bus traveling through London



The famous face

Strictly star Shirley Ballas said she was “thrilled” to be invited on a 1970s-style open-top bus cruising around London.

Show judge Shirley, 61, said: “I can’t believe I was asked.

“The Queen is the biggest inspiration for women ever. I’ll look like the cat that got the cream.”

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