The Queen's four-day Jubilee Bank Holiday: Plans for the 'biggest event ever' in UK

By Kelly-Ann Mill & Russell Myers & Kieran Murray

The biggest ever royal event is set to take place next summer as The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

A four-day public holiday is planned - with between £10 million and £15 million being spent on multiple events, spectacles and celebrations.

The likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran are being lined up to perform and are "top of the list" for organisers.

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Meanwhile Dame Helen Mirren and legendary comic actor Stephen Fry are thought to be among a 'Best of British' cast.

And the grand finale will be a huge 'Platinum Pageant' through the streets of London, showcasing the story of the Queen's reign.

Dragons the size of London buses - and beasts as tall as three storey houses will - be paraded through the streets as more than 6,500 street performers take part in the street parade on Sunday June 5 next year.

Celebrations will begin on the Thursday, June 2, with Trooping the Colour - being staged in full for the first time since the pandemic.

A service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral on the Friday.

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

And Sunday's spectacular pageant will see serving troops and veterans march along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace, reports The Mirror.

An event called Celebration will feature a puppet dragon larger than a double-decker bus - with a wingspan the width of The Mall.

A specially-written fairy story by renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo, tilled There Once Is A Queen, will also be brought to life by a huge cast of performers.

Nicholas Coleridge, a co-chair of the pageant and chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said the event will be larger than the celebrations during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Mr Coleridge 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."

The BBC has predicted that the pageant will watched by around one billion people across the world.

Another of events - A Gallop Through History - 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. It is is being billed as "a personal tribute to our monarchy".

One Royal insider with knowledge of the plans said: “It is going to absolutely be the best of British on show and there will be something for everyone to enjoy on what will be a series of magnificent occasions during one of the biggest celebratory events for decades.”

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