The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant will be the ‘largest ever put on’ and trump the celebrations put on for Queen Victoria in 1897, says organiser 

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  • Some 6,500 artists will take part in the final day of the festival in June
  • V&A Museum President Nicholas Coleridge, who is co-chairing the event, spoke at the Conservative Party convention in Manchester.
  • He said the BBC expects a billion people to tune in to see it.
  • Festivities will include Trooping the Colour, a ‘fantastic lunch’ led by the Lord Mayor of London, ‘The Queen lighting bonfires’ and a BBC concert.

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Next year’s Platinum Jubilee pageant will be the ‘biggest putt ever’, organizers say – even the topping event held in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s diamond milestone.

Nicholas Coleridge, president of the Victoria & Albert Museum, who is co-chairing the competition, said 6,500 artists will participate on the final day of the ceremony in June.

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The BBC predicts that the jubilee event – the Queen’s 70 years on the throne – could attract a global audience of a billion, he said.

Festivities over the Bank Holiday weekend extended from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 will include Trooping the Colour, a ‘fantastic lunch’ led by the Lord Mayor of London, ‘The Queen lighting bonfires’ and a BBC concert, Mr Coleridge. said.

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Speaking at the Conservative Party convention in Manchester, Mr Coleridge focused on what the pageant would include with a budget of £10 million to £15 million.

Next year’s Platinum Jubilee pageant will be the ‘biggest putt ever’, organizers say – even the topping event held in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s diamond milestone. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II (second from left) with children at the start of the official planting season for the Queen’s Green Canopy on October 1 – part of the Platinum Jubilee initiative

He said: ‘This is going to be the biggest wear we’ve ever seen, bigger than we think, that was put on for Queen Victoria. [1897].

‘That was huge, it’s big. 6,500 people will take part in it.

Mr Coleridge said he hoped the pageant would ‘try to make the country happy’ after the COVID pandemic.

He added: ‘At the same time, and more importantly, we’re going to make sure that Jubilee is based on London because it’s going to be a procession that goes through Westminster, under the Admiralty Arch, down the Mall. Goes around the parks, before Buckingham Palace and above Constitution Hill, it’s not going to be London centered.’

He continued: ‘We also have a huge map, making sure we have people from every part of the country and indeed every part of the Commonwealth.

The BBC predicts that the jubilee event - marking the Queen's 70 years on the throne - could attract a global audience of one billion

The BBC predicts that the jubilee event – marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne – could attract a global audience of one billion

“We will have people from all 54 Commonwealth countries going to participate in this amazing parade.

‘We have all the creative industry in it – 17 different theater groups have signed up to be involved so far, we have giant sculptures the size of four-story houses stretching down from malls, we have a There is the mysterious celebrity singer that if I said so, the whole ‘Team Jubilee’ would be so angry with me that I might never be able to go back to the office.

‘We have the royals, we have the golden coaches and at the heart of it, of course, we’ve got the queen.

‘But the agenda of leveling in favor of this would be fully respected – North East, North West, Plymouth, every Member of Parliament I speak to asks me if their own constituency will be represented.’

Mr Coleridge said he hoped the event would be amazing, adding: ‘The BBC thinks it can go to a billion people and watch it.

‘I suspect they may be a little exaggerated but it’s going to be huge because it’s going everywhere.

‘By the end of this I hope we are going to feel energetic, highly patriotic and very one nation again as we all celebrate Platinum Jubilee.’

Nicholas Coleridge, president of the Victoria & Albert Museum (pictured at left in 2019), which is co-chairing the pageant, said 6,500 artists will participate on the final day of the ceremony in June. [File photo]

Nicholas Coleridge, president of the Victoria & Albert Museum (pictured at left in 2019), which is co-chairing the pageant, said 6,500 artists will participate on the final day of the ceremony in June. [File photo]

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