Mahoney said the team traveled to a remote location in northern England for rehearsals and were given a great deal of “creative freedom” in designing the show
The team behind the stunning drone show at Saturday night’s Platinum Party at the Palace have revealed they had to rehearse in a remote location to keep their plans a secret.
The incredible display featured a giant display of the Queen’s beloved corgi dog, along with other typically British items, including a teapot and teacup, the Queen’s Guard and a postage stamp with the monarch’s face on it.
The drones also illuminated a message over the palace that read, “Thank you ma’am.”
The company behind the display, SKYMAGIC, was commended for its work.
But preparing for the big night wasn’t that easy given the massive public interest in the event.
The team usually practiced at the performance site, but since it was a top-secret project, this was impossible.
Instead, they had to venture to an “off-grid location” in the north of England for rehearsals, and the first time they performed it fully as intended was live at Saturday night’s party.
Patrick O’Mahony, Director of SKYMAGIC, said MailOnline : “It increases the tension and stress when it’s the first time it’s live on the night.
“We’re big proponents of anything character-led, so we suggested the corgi and the teapot,” he said. “When you create a lovable character, people warm to it. We really wanted to use a playful tone, with the second half being more of a tribute to the Queen.”
O’Mahoney didn’t disclose the cost of the show, but said the drones are a “premium deal.”
He added that Buckingham Palace was the safest place they had ever performed and special care was needed when staging a show with 400 flying vehicles.
Measures taken to avoid mishaps included a double “geo-fence” that prevented drones from drifting off course.
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Many took to Twitter to show their appreciation for the display.
“Corg’ Blimey!” tweeted Mayor of London Sadiq Khan along with a GIF of the drone-lit corgi.
Ralph Goodale, Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK, tweeted: “Drones in the sky above the Palace tonight added a special glow to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations that took place below.
“An outstanding tribute to Her Majesty.”
Many members of the public were able to catch a glimpse of the light show from locations across London.
“Amazingly, I can see the Jubilee drone light show from the pub,” said one Twitter user, sharing images of the stunning sky animations from his pub.
Another added: “Amazing performances and an amazing production. Lighting and drones great! London what a show! They know how to do it well.”
One person said the show’s organizers “need a raise.”
“A spectacular backdrop of light shows and drone work adding to the joy of the tens of thousands who fill the mall,” they wrote. “Kudos to everyone who put it together.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/team-behind-secret-jubilee-drone-27154402 The team behind the secret anniversary drone extravaganza was rehearsing at an "off-grid location".