Colorful Pageant, Street Parties to Cap Platinum Jubilee

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Royal followers had been hoping for an look by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace after a colourful avenue pageant by London on Sunday, the ultimate day of a vacation weekend celebrating the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

Thousands of performers will parade alongside a three-kilometer (practically two-mile) route from Horse Guards Parade down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, telling the story of the queen’s life with dance, vibrant costumes, carnival music and big puppets.

Festivities will start with the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey, and a navy band will lead the gilded gold state coach, a horse-drawn carriage that transported the queen to her coronation 69 years in the past.

The monarch will not participate within the pageant, however archival video of her might be broadcast on the coach’s home windows.

 

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Royal followers braved the moist, chilly climate and camped out on the Mall in a single day to safe the most effective view of the pageant. Some got here for the celebrities due to carry out, whereas others say they need to be a part of a historic second.

“It’s a part of historical past it’s by no means going to occur once more. It’s one thing particular, so if you’re going to do it you’ve received to go large or go residence,” stated Shaun Wallen, 50.

The queen hasn’t appeared in public for the Platinum Jubilee occasions since Thursday, when she smiled and waved on Buckingham Palace’s balcony together with her household. She has restricted her appearances in latest months due to what the palace describes as “episodic mobility points.”

Still, she delighted the nation when she appeared in a shock comedy video that opened a live performance Saturday staged in entrance of Buckingham Palace. In the video, the monarch had tea with a pc animated Paddington Bear — and revealed that, identical to the furry character, she was partial to marmalade sandwiches and favored to hold them in her purse.

Diana Ross and the rock band Queen headlined the star-studded tribute live performance, which additionally featured Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.

On Sunday, celebrities together with Ed Sheeran will belt out “God Save The Queen” outdoors Buckingham Palace as a finale to the pageant. Many hope that the monarch will make a second balcony look to spherical off the weekend of celebrations.

Jo Kearney contributed to this report.

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