Pageant celebrates best of Britain during Queen's 70 years on throne

Four acts for the Queen’s seven decades of service: Thousands watch eclectic pageant celebrating best of Britain during Monarch’s 70 years on the throne as ‘national treasures’ including Sir Cliff Richard, Naomi Campbell and Alan Titchmarsh join the parade

  • Britons watched a marvellous display of seven decades of history celebrating the Queen’s 70-year reign  
  • The majestic Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant lasted two-and-a-half hours and cost a whopping £15million 
  • It told the story of the Queen’s reign and our transforming society in four acts from 2.30pm to 5pm on Sunday
  • Her Majesty, 96, made a brief appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside senior royals
  • Celebs Sir Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Alan Titchmarsh joined the parade
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

Britons watched a marvellous display of seven decades of history celebrating the Queen’s 70 years on the throne as the fourth and final day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations came to a close.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant lasted two-and-a-half hours and cost £15million as the Royals watched down on the majestic procession.

It told the story of the Queen’s reign and our transforming society in four acts from 2.30pm to 5pm today.

Her Majesty, 96, made a brief appearance at 5pm on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside senior royals including Prince Charles and Prince William, the two next heirs to her throne.

There were worries she would not appear after she pulled out of two Jubilee events amid concerns for her health. 

Royal superfans were treated to holograms of the Queen as a young woman that were beamed onto the Gold State Coach as it was paraded through central London, making it seem as if the monarch was in the carriage. 

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers were involved in staging the spectacular two-mile carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, echoing Her Majesty’s 1953 coronation procession. 

Celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sir Mo Farah and Alan Titchmarsh also made appearances. 

Queen Elizabeth II waved at thousands of Brits as the final day of celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee came to an end with a pageant that showcased the seven decades of history during Her Majesty’s 70-year reign

Her Majesty, 96, made a brief appearance at 5pm on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside senior royals including Prince Charles and Prince William, the two next heirs to her throne

The royal standard is raised above Buckingham Palace meaning the Queen has arrived, June 5, 2022

Act One: For Queen And Country

The opening act of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant was a military parade.

It celebrated the UK’s Armed Forces from all three Services, along with soldiers from Commonwealth countries including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica and Sri Lanka.

The first section of the pageant paid tribute to the people who have served their country during the Queen’s reign. 

Guardsmen, Gurkhas, Royal Marines and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their breastplates and plumed feathers were among the hundreds of servicemen and women who led the way marching along the streets around Buckingham Palace.

Charles took the salute of various military units when they passed the royal box and he stood to acknowledge the servicemen and women as they passed. 

The Gold State Coach is seen on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022

Members of the Household Division march ahead of the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

Members of the Household Cavalry march ahead of the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

Military ride on horseback during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London

Members of military take part in a parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

Military bands perform during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London

The Gold State Coach is seen on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022

Attendees take pictures of the hologram of the Queen projected on the Gold State Coach, June 5, 2022

The Gold State Coach passes in front of Buckingham Palace during the pageant, June 5, 2022

Scenes on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022

Members of the Military march along the Mall during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

Soldiers parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, June 5, 2022

The Gold State Coach makes its way down The Mall outside Buckingham Palace, June 5, 2022

A regiment of the Household Division Foot Guards march with Commonwealth countries’ flags, June 5, 2022

Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

The Golden Coach, which has not been seen in public in 20 years, goes down The Mall, June 5, 2022

Attendees take pictures of the hologram of the Queen on the Gold State Coach, June 5, 2022

Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

Act Two: The Time Of Our Lives 

The Time of Our Lives was a sparkling take on British life since 1952.

It went decade by decade, taking a look at the transformation of pop culture from the 50s through to the current decade.  

Music and dance styles, fashion, culture and cars brought to life each decade. Meanwhile, double-decker buses were painted in the style of the decade to remind the public of typical moments in those years.

Martin Lewis, Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Lineker, Dame Shirley Bassey and Idris Elba were among the 150 celebrities set to travel in double decker buses to pay homage to the Queen’s final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The colourful open top buses each marked the seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign, which were adorned with images and famous slogans from the time, including ‘Groovy’ from the 1970s and ‘Girl Power’ – brought into the mainstream by British pop icons The Spice Girls in the 1990s.

The decade-by-decade celebrations saw actors, presenters, sport stars and singers, parade London from the top of the buses, while a fleet of more than 200 classic vehicles, including Del Boy’s Robin Reliant and James Bond cars will also follow. 

Sam McKnight, who was Princess Diana’s hairstylist from 1990 until her death in 1997,  posted a picture alongside supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and celebrity make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury captioned: ‘Boarding the 90s bus in the Platinum Pageant.’

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis also appeared on the 2000’s bus and said he was ‘planning to take in every moment’, whilst Gary Lineker tweeted a picture alongside Pudsey Bear saying it was a ‘career highlight’.  

Martin Lewis, Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Lineker, Dame Shirley Bassey and Idris Elba are among the 150 celebrities set to travel in double decker buses to pay homage to the Queen ‘s final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Gary Lineker tweeted a picture alongside Pudsey Bear saying it was a ‘career highlight’

Kate Garraway was stood next to former television presenter, Anthea Turner, Alan Titchmarsh and Rudolph Walker, who plays Patrick Bateman in EastEnders

Alan Titchmarsh was sporting a red tie, white shirt and blue suit – whilst Kate Garraway donned a Union Jack scarf

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis (Pictured with his wife Lara) is also set to be on the 2000’s bus and said he is ‘planning to take in every moment’

Sam McKnight (centre), who was Princess Diana’s hairstylist from 1990 until her death in 1997, posted a picture alongside supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and celebrity make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury captioned: ‘Boarding the 90s bus in the Platinum Pageant.’

Kate Garraway was also stood on the bus, sporting a Union Jack scarf, alongside former television presenter, Anthea Turner, Alan Titchmarsh and Rudolph Walker, who plays Patrick Bateman in EastEnders. 

Sir Cliff Richard was on a 1950s bus during the pageant this afternoon and said it was a ‘great time to show gratitude’ to the 96-year-old monarch and British public. 

Speaking on Sky News, he said: ‘I think I’m looking forward and hoping to people waving and looking up at me. It’s going to be difficult for people to pick out and find their various favourites. 

‘The bus is full of people that I’ve grown up with as well and love, watched, and played with. So it would be wonderful if a fan or two were to wave directly at me. 

We’re all ready to wave at all these people who have given us lives when you think about it. I sometimes wake up in the homes, I have two, and I sometimes think, ‘How the heck did I get here?’ 

‘So we have to show our gratitude and it’s a great time to show it, not only to the Queen but the massive public that support all of us – actors, dancers, singers – everybody. So I’m looking forward to being with fans and other people’s fans as well.’ 

Martin Lewis, Sir Cliff Richard (right), Gary Lineker, Dame Shirley Bassey and Idris Elba and former British professional boxer Chris Eubank (left) were among the 150 celebrities set to travel in double decker buses to pay homage to the Queen ‘s final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Buses for the decades at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for the Queen. Sunday June 5, 2022


Kate Moss was having a ball as she danced in a Union Jack blazer. The supermodel was quintessentially British as she boogied on the bus

Colourful buses due to be used in the Pageant waiting in a side street in Westminster, June 5, 2022

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers are involved in staging the spectacular two-mile carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace

Two bus preservation enthusiasts have described their delight at taking part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Richard Dixon, 63, and Ivan Fisher, 42, co-own one of the buses – the 1950s bus – with their friend John Stewart which is taking part in the decorated open-top double-decker bus parade for the decade-by-decade celebration. Mr Dixon will be a ticket conductor on the 1950s bus while Mr Fisher will be driving the 2000s bus.

Mr Fisher, who is a funeral director, said: ‘It took us nine hours to get here from Norwich as she’s got a top speed of 32mph.

‘We came Thursday last week so that they could decorate them and put the wraps on them. It took nine men nine hours for each bus. The gentleman who owns the 2000s bus was approached by the pageant committee and asked if he knew of anyone who could contribute a bus, and we jumped at the chance because it’s a big privilege to be involved.’

The Jubilee pageant is split into four acts: For Queen and Country with a military parade; The Time of Our Lives progressing through seven decades of culture, music and fashion; Let’s Celebrate telling the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters with corgi puppets and carnival creations; and the Happy and Glorious musical spectacle. 

A royal themed float due to be used in the Pageant waiting in Westminster this morning, June 5, 2022

Spectators wait on the Mall, ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

Participants prepare at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

Among the cast of colourful characters preparing to take part in the Jubilee parade on Horse Guards is a group of Daleks from the sci-fi television programme Doctor Who, threatening passers-by that they will be ‘exterminated’ as they roll along with cultural icons from the 1960s in the decade-by-decade Time of Our Lives act of the pageant

Some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers were involved in staging the spectacular two-mile carnival route from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, echoing Her Majesty’s 1953 coronation procession.

A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of the Queen’s reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny.

Close to 200 national treasures will take to the stage to serenade the Queen by singing the national anthem at the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee festivities.

Among the cast of colourful characters preparing to take part in the Jubilee parade on Horse Guards is a group of Daleks from the sci-fi television programme Doctor Who, threatening passers-by that they will be ‘exterminated’ as they roll along with cultural icons from the 1960s in the decade-by-decade Time of Our Lives act of the pageant. 

Spectators cross the Mall, ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

A small child cleans a car at Horse Guards Parade ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

Act Three: Let’s Celebrate

 The third act celebrated humour, ingenuity and creativity as well as community spirit.

From urban dance groups and Carnival celebrations to street theatre and music-on-the-move, performing groups from across the UK showcased their unique pieces for the invigorated crowd.

Which performing groups made an appearance?

  • Bristol-based Trigger had a young woman dancing with a flowing baton. She danced beside a 21-foot Hatchling dragon puppet.
  • Shademakers, from the Isle of Wight, performed a historic skit in intricate costumes as they gave the audience a taste of the four British nations and the Queen’s Beasts, which are ten statues that represent Queen Elizabeth II’s genealogy. 
  • Nutkhut portrayed a Bollywood scene as maypole dancers in saris twirled around a four-metre high cake. 
  • Mahogany Carnival Arts, from Harlesden, London, reimagined the Queen’s coronation in an Afro-Caribbean carnival-style. They portrayed her ascension to the throne  whilst on Royal tour in Kenya. 
  • Emergency Exit Arts & Mandinga Arts featured amazing carnival puppets and focused on diversity and LGBT rights and identities.
  • Bridgwater Carnival, from Somerset, had more than 80 dancers and an incredible float with the royal insignia, the Commonwealth and Pomp and Splendour. 
  • Have Faith and Jeni Cairns’ collaboration showed the Queen’s steadfast commitment to religious diversity.
  • Global Grooves’ colourful performance represented global interdependence and a culture of shared identities and heritage across the Commonwealth.
  • Thames Festival, Kinetika Bloco & Oi Musica used 200 dancers from 72 schools that showed a theme of togetherness with a jazz-based street band.
  • Coventry-based comedy company Imagineer showed the Queen’s love of animals, in particular horses and corgis, showing off the brilliant ingenuity of the West Midlands.
  • Cirque Bijou worked with Steppaz, a group of young street dancers from Tottenham to highlight the talent of the future.
  • Essex-based Kinetika teamed up with key workers and paid their respects to the UK’s response to the Covid pandemic.

A giant birthday cake with corgi figurines is seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

People perform as they take part in a parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

Revellers perform along The Mall in today’s £15million Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

Bear Grylls takes part in a parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

People parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, June 5, 2022

People perform during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

People wearing costumes take part in a parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

A Batala band parades during the Platinum Pageant celebrating the Queen’s 70-year reign, June 5, 2022

Performers take part in the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022

Morris Minor cars are seen during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London, June 5, 2022

People parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, June 5, 2022

Participants perform a Bollywood wedding scene as they parade during the Platinum Pageant, June 5, 2022

Carnival float seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London

Carnival float seen during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London

People parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, June 5, 2022

Performers in costumes parade during the Platinum Pageant, June 5, 2022

Participants in vintage costume dance during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

People parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, June 5, 2022

Act Four: Happy And Glorious

A spectacular finale was made even more majestic by the appearance of Her Majesty the Queen, who came onto the Buckingham Palace balcony just in time for the national anthem.

It followed a performance from British superstar Ed Sheeran as patriotic Brits surrounded the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace.

The London Community Gospel Choir sang God Save The Queen, accompanied by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and thousands of Brits thankful to the immense service Queen Elizabeth has given to the country.

National treasures including Jeremy Irons, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan joined Ed Sheeran in paying a special tribute to Her Majesty.

The Queen stands on the balcony with the Royal family during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

The Queen pictured on the balcony with the Cambridges during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, June 5, 2022

The Cambridges wave at the crowd of thousands on The Mall as the Queen smiles at Kate Middleton, June 5, 2022

The Queen waves to the crowd on The Mall as she stands on the balcony with the royal family, June 5, 2022

Prince Louis, 4, had a whale of a time as he watched the pageant for his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as he sat in between his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, and his sister Princess Charlotte, 7

Crowds are seen on The Mall with the Queen shown on a screen during the singing of the National Anthem, June 5, 2022

Ed Sheeran performs during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952

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