Queen's Jubilee four-day Bank Holiday to be UK's 'biggest event ever'

By Kelly-Ann Mills & Geoffrey Bennett

A four-day public holiday next summer will mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

On the weekend of June 22 the biggest ever royal event is planned, with a whopping £10 - £15 million budget.

The grand finale will be the "Platinum Pageant" through London, showcasing the story of the Queen's reign.

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More than 6,500 street performers are due to take part in the street parade, the Mirror reports.

The route is set to run through Westminster, under Admiralty Arch, down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill, with people from across the country taking part.

Dame Helen Mirren and legendary comic actor Stephen Fry are to join a Best of British cast. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Coleridge said the event will be larger than the celebrations during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Nicholas Coleridge is a co-chair of the pageant and chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

He told the Mail: "It’s going to be the largest that’s ever put on, larger we think even than that that was put on for Queen Victoria.

“It’s not going to be London-centric. We even have a giant map, making sure that we have people from every part of our country and indeed every part of the Commonwealth.

“We’re going to have people from all 54 Commonwealth countries who are going to be taking part in this astounding parade."

A Gallop Through History has been billed as a "personal tribute to our monarchy" and will feature more than 500 horses and over a thousand dancers and musicians taking the audience on a journey from Elizabeth I to the Queen.

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, will begin with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic, followed by a service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign at St Paul's Cathedral on the Friday.

On Saturday the Queen will be accompanied by members of her family at The Derby at Epsom Downs with a special concert outside Buckingham Palace in the evening.

Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.

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