Brits to celebrate Queen's Platinum Jubilee with star-studded music concert and street parties across the UK
BRITS will be treated to a live concert staged at Buckingham Palace next summer to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Her Majesty, 95, will enjoy a four-day bonanza to mark her 70th year on the throne, including a special celebration involving 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians.
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The ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ will be aired and broadcast live by the BBC featuring some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars.
It will be broadcast all over the world, live from The Queen's central London residence, with tickets available to members of the public.
People will be able to apply for tickets in a ballot to attend the special one-off concert to mark Her Majesty’s 70 years as monarch.
Details of the ballot for UK residents to try and secure tickets to the special event will be announced closer to the time.
A palace spokesperson said the event “will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign”.
It is likely that the huge bash will be similar to the Golden Jubilee concert in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012.
At the concert in 2012 there were 10,000 tickets made available to the public with a balloting system – with 1.2million applying.
A further 500,000 or so people watched the concert on giant TV screens in The Mall and local parks.
Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey and Kylie Minogue were some of the star studded names to perform in 2012.
Madness was given the honour of performing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, similar to Queen in 2002 who played the National Anthem.
The Queen will also enjoy The Derby at Epsom Downs with members of the Royal Family and a live concert at Buckingham Palace involving "some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars".
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
The Big Jubilee Lunch: People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring over 5,000 people will take place outside Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign.
It is the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone and the Palace today revealed that it will be celebrated in style.
The government had already hinted that Brits will be treated to a four-day weekend from June 2 to June 5 2022 to mark the special occasion.
But the Palace today confirmed the extra days off, which will "provide an opportunity for communities and people to come together and celebrate the historic milestone".
The May Bank Holiday Weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2 for Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne.
The weekend will then be extended with an extra day off on Friday, June 3.
And workers can take advantage of a special loophole which means they will get NINE days off work in a row if they book just three days’ worth of holiday.
More than 5,000 people are expected to flock the streets outside Buckingham Palace to honour her reign with a carnival celebrating the arts, theatre, music, circus and costume.
The Palace also revealed the Queen and members of the Royal Family will spend the next 12 months travelling around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark the historic occasion.
This will finish with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June – one year from today.
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