New portrait of Queen released to mark Platinum Jubilee celebrations

‘Many happy memories will be created’: Queen, 96, thanks nation for the ‘the goodwill shown to her’ as a stunning new official portrait is released on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations

  • The Queen, 96, has thanked the nation, saying she continues to be inspired by the goodwill shown to her
  • An official portrait of the Queen has also been unveiled to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations 
  • In a special message, the monarch said ‘many happy memories’ would be formed during the festivities
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

The Queen has thanked the nation on the eve of her historic Platinum Jubilee, saying she continues to be inspired by the goodwill shown to her – while an official portrait of Her Majesty has also been unveiled to mark the start of the celebrations.

In a special message released as millions across Britain prepare to gather during four days of tributes and street parties to honour her milestone 70-year reign, the Queen, 96, said ‘many happy memories’ would be formed throughout the festivities. 

The nation’s longest reigning monarch said she hoped the Jubilee weekend would provide an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the last 70 years and spoke of looking to the future with ‘confidence and enthusiasm’.

Her Majesty’s official Platinum Jubilee portrait was unveiled along with her message, showing the monarch, looking contented and happy, photographed in her Windsor Castle home, sitting on a cushioned window seat, with the historic residence’s famous Round Tower visible in the distance.

The portrait – showing the Queen dressed in a dusky dove blue Angela Kelly coat – and message comes at the start of the extended bank holiday weekend, with millions across the UK and Commonwealth joining together in celebration of the monarch’s reign. 

A series of major events are scheduled, beginning on Thursday with Trooping the Colour and ending on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the monarch and her 70 years on the throne.

The Queen has thanked the nation on the eve of her historic Platinum Jubilee, saying she continues to be inspired by the goodwill shown to her – while an official portrait of Her Majesty (pictured) has also been unveiled to mark the start of the celebrations

In a special message released as millions across Britain prepare to gather during four days of tributes and street parties to honour her milestone 70-year reign, the Queen (pictured with her late husband Prince Philip following her coronation in 1953), 96, said ‘many happy memories’ would be formed during the festivities

The Queen arriving  back in Windsor yesterday after a short break at Balmoral ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

In her message, the Queen said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbours and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions.

‘I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.’ It was signed Elizabeth R.

In the official portrait, the Queen is dressed in a dusky dove blue Angela Kelly coat, made of wool Charmelaine, with her hands resting on her lap and her hair curled in its familiar style.

The shiny pearl and diamante scalloped beading, embroidered around the collar and front trim, is perhaps seemingly a nod to her historic Platinum anniversary.

The image was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie in the Victoria Vestibule in the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor.

Members of the public walk along the Mall ahead of the upcoming Jubilee events, on June 1, 2022 in London

Drew, four, from Norwich, waves her Union flag on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, during a family day trip ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Wednesday June 1, 2022

Jeff Williams on Jubilee Road in Poole, Dorset. Town hall bureaucrats have told residents on a street called Jubilee Road to take down bunting because it is a hazard to large vehicles

Royal fans Donna Werner, from Connecticut, US, and Mary Jane, from England, pose next to their tents they have set up to camp outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in London, May 31, 2022

Mr Mackechnie took two previous portraits of the Queen alongside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to mark her 90th birthday in 2016.

He said of being commissioned to take the official Jubilee portrait: ‘It is an honour to be asked and a privilege to undertake.’ Also visible in the background is the statue of King Charles II which stands in the Quadrangle of the Castle.

The Queen, who at the age of 96 has been facing mobility problems for a number of months, has been pacing herself ahead of the commemorations.

The extended weekend begins with the traditional Trooping the Colour military spectacle on Thursday, involving more than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division. In the evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Queen is to symbolically light principal Jubilee beacon from Windsor Castle 

The Queen is to symbolically lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon as part of a chain of more than 3,500 flaming tributes to her 70-year reign.

Buckingham Palace announced the monarch, 96, will make an extra Jubilee appearance at Windsor Castle late on Thursday evening.

It forms part of special dual ceremony with her grandson the Duke of Cambridge.

William will be waiting 22 miles away at the Palace, where the beacon centrepiece – a 21-metre Tree of Trees sculpture – will be illuminated in lights on the Queen’s command.

The newly-announced engagement is an additional entry to the Queen’s busy diary over the four-day weekend, which includes Trooping the Colour and a service of thanksgiving.

At Windsor, the Queen will be greeted in the castle Quadrangle with a fanfare for the ceremony at the Sovereign’s Entrance.

The Commonwealth of Nations Globe – a blue globe, which sits inside a silver crown on a blue and gold cushion which was specially created for the Beacons project – will be placed on a podium by Yeoman Warders.

The Queen will touch the globe, symbolically triggering the lighting of the Tree of Trees beacon outside the Palace.

Lights will chase along the Quadrangle towards Windsor’s famous Round Tower, before travelling up the Tree of Trees in London.

The Queen will be joined by Bruno Peek, who has overseen the Jubilee Beacons celebration.

Beacons will be lit throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth, and sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, and on top of the UK’s four highest peaks.

The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.

There will be no ceremonial journey to the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen on Friday, and the monarch, if she attends, will use a different entrance rather than scaling the steep steps.

And the Queen’s planned visit to Epsom for the Derby on Saturday is off, with members of the royal family attending on her behalf. 

Saturday is also the first birthday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet.

In the evening, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.

The line-up includes Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Bond composer Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra.

Charles and William are preparing to deliver public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who is due to be watching on television from Windsor.

On Sunday, millions will gather for patriotic street parties, picnics and barbecues, with more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches being held across the UK.

The finale is the Jubilee Pageant through the streets of London, with a cast of 6,000 performers and close to 200 celebrities joining the carnival procession.

It is hoped the monarch will make a final appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony to round off the weekend to see Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem with a choir made up of Britain’s ‘national treasures’.

The Platinum festivities are poignantly the first major Jubilee celebrations of the Queen’s reign without her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year.

Alongside the senior members of the royal family, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their children, Archie and Lilibet, will attend Trooping the Colour, MailOnline understands – while Prince Andrew has been left out of the major Platinum Jubilee event.

While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to attend Trooping the Colour as spectators tomorrow, Andrew will not, a military source told MailOnline. 

As colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Andrew has previously played a key role in the ceremony, riding out by the Queen’s side as the regiment’s representative.

Since being stripped of the title earlier this year, the Duke of York was not expected to play an active part in the event, but the possibility of him appearing with other royals on Horse Guards Parade as a spectator had previously been left open. 

Meanwhile, millions of defiant Britons are determined to enjoy the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend despite fears of downpours across swathes of the country and killjoy councils threatening pensioners who hang bunting with £200 fines.

With just one day before the start of the special bank holiday weekend to mark Her Majesty’s astonishing 70 years on the throne, the UK has gone ‘Jubilee-mad’ as people drape their gardens in Union flags and even knit life-sized figures of the beloved monarch.

A record 12million people are gearing up for outdoor parties held in the Queen’s honour, in scenes sure to be reminiscent of the Coronation seven decades ago.

And crowds of royal ‘superfans’ have already been lining The Mall near Buckingham Palace to get the best views for Trooping the Colour on Thursday and a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch on Sunday.

Forecasters are expecting glorious sunshine on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but showers in London and the South East on Sunday. However, the excitement is so palpable that plucky Britons are shrugging off fears of downpours, and are instead preparing to throw their parties in their garages if the rain pours. 

And people are ignoring council spoilsports who are threatening OAPs with punitive fines if they dare hang patriotic bunting across their streets, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged local authorities to calm down and approve 11th hour requests for street parties. 

Just 16,000 applications to close roads for parties have been approved across the country, and unofficial Jubilee street bashes could be broken up by police if they block traffic.

How the nation will celebrate Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee with four days of joyous celebrations starting TOMORROW with Trooping the Colour before ending with a glorious pageant 

ByMark Duelland James Robinson for MailOnline 

Anticipation is building for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with people across the UK preparing to mark Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne with a four-day weekend of festivities – starting from tomorrow.

A series of major events has been scheduled, beginning on Thursday with Trooping the Colour and ending on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch. 

Outdoor parties will also take place on Sunday as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, while there will be a televised concert on the BBC from Buckingham Palace the day before.

Though celebrations have already started in some places, official events will begin tomorrow with a special Trooping the Colour.

More than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division will stage the display on Horse Guards Parade in London, with the colour trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.

The Queen is expected to delight crowds with an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony – at the start of celebrations after Trooping the Colour on Thursday. It is also expected that she will appear again on the balcony after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.

The monarch is also hoping to be able attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, with her wider family including –  it is expected – Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew.

The Queen, 96, is also set to spend time with the Sussexes, who are bringing their children Archie and Lilibet over from the US – and could meet Lili for the first time as she celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.

On Sunday, thousands of people will gather across the country as more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches and street parties are staged in celebration of the Queen’s record-breaking 70 year reign.

Royal Family members will also visit every corner of the UK over the weekend for official engagements – with William and Kate going to Wales; Edward and Sophie travelling to Northern Ireland; and Anne to Scotland. 

Here, MailOnline looks at the programme of events over the four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday: 

Crowds line The Mall, in central London, to watch the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, ahead, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Members of the Household Cavalry ride along The Mall, in London, ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with events starting from tomorrow

Crowds line The Mall, in central London, to watch the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, ahead, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Participants were greeted by dark clouds and rain during the full rehearsal of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant that wiil take place on June 5

Royal fan John Loughrey (left) puts a banner over his tent on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, London, where well-wishers are already camping out for the best spots to view the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A man sells merchandise outside a shop near Windsor Castle ahead of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee this weekend

Soldiers on parade during The Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade on May 28, 2022 in London

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards leads The Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade ahead of Trooping the Colour on Thursday

THURSDAY 

Trooping the Colour (from 10am, flypast at 1pm)

The official programme for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee begins with the Trooping the Colour military spectacle this Thursday, which is due to begin at around 10am at Buckingham Palace.

More than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division will stage the display on Horse Guards Parade in London, with the colour trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards.

Some 400 musicians from 10 military bands and corps of drums will march amid pomp and pageantry.

The Colonel’s Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, at Horse Guards Parade in London last Saturday

Irish Guards on The Mall during the Colonel’s Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade

The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, on The Mall during the Colonel’s Review in London last Saturday

The Royal Family will travel from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to the parade ground in carriages at about 10.30am, with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal on horseback.

Plans are said to be in place either for the Queen briefly to inspect the troops on the parade ground or from the balcony with the Duke of Kent, or to only appear on the balcony with the royal family for a special flypast afterwards.

If the Queen does delegate her salute duties at Trooping to another family member, it will be the first time she has done so in her 70-year reign.

Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will be on the balcony for the flypast which is due to take place at about 1pm.

The Queen limited the numbers to working royals, meaning the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be there.

But her Cambridge great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and her two youngest grandchildren, the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, will be present.

A six-minute display by more than 70 aircraft will include the Red Arrows and the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons (from 9.25pm)

On Thursday evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen.

The network of flaming tributes will stretch throughout the country, with beacons at sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, and on top of the UK’s four highest peaks.

The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.

The principal beacon outside the Palace – a 21-metre tall Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminated by a senior member of the royal family, and images will be projected on to the Palace.

Major General Nick Eeles Governor of Edinburgh Castle lights the Diamond Jubilee beacon at Edinburgh Castle in June 2012

Reverand Jane Hedges, Canon of Westminster Abbey, lights a beacon outside the Abbey as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012

English Heritage projects images of Her Majesty the Queen – one from each decade of her reign – onto Stonehenge’s majestic stones to mark the historic occasion of Her Royal Highness becoming the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee

FRIDAY 

Service of Thanksgiving (from 11am)

A traditional service of thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London from 11am on Friday.

There will be no ceremonial journey to the cathedral and the Queen, if she attends, will use a different entrance to aid her comfort rather than the steep main steps.

Wider members of the family are expected to be present including possibly Harry, Meghan and Andrew, and the service will be followed by a Guildhall reception for members of the royal family.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the service. The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, will give the sermon instead.

Justin Welby was diagnosed with mild pneumonia last Thursday and was continuing to work, but after developing symptoms over the weekend he tested for coronavirus.

A full dress rehearsal this morning for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which will take place on Friday 

Practice marches this morning ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which takes place this Friday

Participants set to feature in the Service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral take part in a full dress rehearsal outside the London landmark earlier this week

SATURDAY 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cardiff Castle to meet performers and crew involved in the special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert taking place in the castle grounds later that afternoon, Buckingham Palace has announced.

During their visit, William and Kate will view rehearsals and meet some of the acts taking part in the celebrations, including Bonnie Tyler and Owain Wynn Evans.

Hosted by Aled Jones and Shan Cothi, the concert at Cardiff Castle will feature live performances from some of Wales’ best-known singers and entertainers, alongside choirs, bands and orchestras.

During the extended bank holiday weekend, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will carry out two engagements in Northern Ireland while the Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, will visit Edinburgh. 

Epsom Derby (from 4pm)

The Queen is no longer planning to attend the Epsom Derby during her Platinum Jubilee weekend. 

The 96-year-old monarch is said to want to pace herself during her milestone celebrations, with her daughter the Princess Royal representing her at the racecourse instead, The Sunday Times reported.

The Derby on Saturday June 4 was to be a personal highlight for the Queen during the four days of Jubilee festivities.

The head of state, a passionate horse owner and breeder, was due to be greeted on the course with a special guard of honour including up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.

But the newspaper revealed the monarch is now ‘increasingly unlikely’ to head to Epsom. However the Queen will still have a runner – Just Fine, in the penultimate race of the afternoon.

People stand on The Mall looking towards Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial statue as the road is lined with Union Jacks

A message for Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a digital display as horses are walked through Piccadilly Circus in London today

A pedestrian passes a shop window adorned with Union flag-themed bunting, and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, in Colchester, eastern England 

Hype Hair salon in Bermondsey, south east London, puts up Union Jack flags and a Platinum Jubilee flag of the Queen with red, white and blue balloons and bunting

A banner and face masks of members of the royal family are displayed in the window of the Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith, London, to celebrate the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee of the Queen this weekend

The Floral Mini, King’s Road Chelsea In Bloom floral displays in Chelsea for the Platinum Jubilee in London

Alan and Kelly Wakeling pose today at their market stall ALK Fruit and Veg on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London

Legoland modeller Paula Young poses for a photograph while completing a model of a scene at Buckingham Palace, at Legoland in Windsor

Lilibet’s birthday 

Saturday is also the first birthday of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, amid speculation the youngster could spend the day with her namesake great-grandmother.

The Sussexes are flying over from the US with Lili, who has never met the Queen in person before, and her older brother Archie.

It could be the first time Harry and Meghan have been seen alongside the Windsor clan since Megxit and since they accused an unnamed senior royal of racism during their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are flying over from the US with Lilibet and her brother Archie (pictured last December) 

Party At The Palace (from 7.30pm)

In the evening, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.

The line-up includes Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Bond composer Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra.

The show will also feature appearances from stars including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews.

Charles and William are preparing to deliver public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who will be watching on television from Windsor.

An artist’s impression released earlier this month of the stage outside Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace

SUNDAY 

Big Jubilee Lunch

Millions of people are expected to sit down with their neighbours at street parties, picnics and barbecues, with more than 200,000 Big Jubilee Lunches being held across the UK on the Sunday afternoon,

Camilla, patron of the Big Lunch, will join Charles at a flagship feast at The Oval cricket ground in south London, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex will meet people creating the ‘Long Table’ down on The Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle.

The celebration also coincides with this year’s Thank You Day –  originally set up to pay tribute to those who helped people through the pandemic.

Celebrities Ross Kemp, Gareth Southgate, Prue Leith and Ellie Simmonds have urged people to throw the biggest thank you party for the Queen.

A Jubilee street party on June 3, 2012 on the bridge that connects Goring in Oxfordshire and Streatley in Berkshire

The Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith put a 3D silicone mask of the Queen wearing a golden crown, adorned with pearls, silver jewelled earrings and Union Jack glasses behind the bar for this weekend’s festivities

A hair removal clinic in London puts special Platinum Jubilee bunting across their sandwich board, as well as featuring a cartoon Corgi drawn on the glass of their storefront, which is pictured wearing a Union Jack party hat

Union Jack bunting and dedicated Platinum Jubilee flags are displayed in a shopping area to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne, with events being thrown from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

The Platinum Pudding, Scotch eggs and fruit platters will feature on a six-metre felt creation by artist Lucy Sparrow which is to be viewed by Charles and Camilla at The Oval. It will be given pride of place in the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace later this year.

Members of the local community, 70 volunteers who have been recognised as Platinum Champions through the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards, celebrity ambassadors and various charity representatives will be among the guests at the cricket ground.

The royal couple will also present the Platinum Champions with certificates and pins, before cutting a Big Jubilee Lunch cake.

More than 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches are being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.

Revelers on the Mall in London on June 5, 2012 during the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration for the Queen that year

Union Jack flags cover the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south east London, for the Jubilee, who are known for adorning the housing area with flags on national events. They had plenty of England flags in celebration of the England football team getting to the finals of the Euros last year

Considered to be the ‘most patriotic estate in England’, Kirby Estate in Bermondsey adorns the railings of the flats with Union Jack flags ahead of the Jubilee weekend

Edward and Sophie will join Berkshire residents for their special lunch on the Long Walk, not far from Windsor Castle.

The Long Walk is being reinvented to create ‘the Long Table’ in celebration of the jubilee. This royal pair are also set to meet groups of street performers.

Charles and Camilla will also celebrate with the residents of Albert Square in an EastEnders special. They will be seen attending a Big Lunch in a June 2 episode of the BBC soap.

The Big Lunch is an annual event aimed at celebrating community connections.

Jubilee Pageant (from 2.30pm)

The finale on June 5 is the Jubilee Pageant through the streets of London.

Set to be watched by up to a billion people across the globe, more than 10,000 people have been involved in staging the £15million procession.

Puppet corgis, a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen and the Gold State Coach are just some of the sights set to feature in the 1.8-mile (3km) parade.

Union flags hang above as horses are walked along Regent Street in London today ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Union flags hang above as horses are walked along Regent Street in London today ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Stars including Idris Elba, Sir Cliff Richard, Courtney Love and Slade’s Noddy Holder will take to open-top buses in a through-the-ages tribute to the culture and music of the 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

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

Olympic champions Sir Chris, Dame Laura and Sir Jason will be among six ‘hero cyclists’ who race towards Buckingham Palace ready to complete a 360-degree circuit of the Queen Victoria Memorial on Sunday.

Some 205 vehicles will appear as part of the parade, including 11 Morris Minors, seven Land Rovers, 20 vintage Minis including one in the shape of an Outspan Orange and seven original James Bond vehicles.

Some 205 vehicles will appear as part of the parade, including 11 Morris Minors, seven Land Rovers, 20 vintage Minis including one in the shape of an Outspan Orange and seven original James Bond vehicles. Members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Ice cream vans, JCBs, Del-Boy’s Only Fools And Horses three-wheeled Reliant Regal Supervan III, 15 Sinclair C5s, and seven open-top double-decker buses decorated in images of the decade they represent will also head down The Mall and past the palace. Pictured: Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Marines Commando personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Navy personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood

Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Royal Navy personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham, Hampshire. The Pageant on Sunday has over 10,000 involved and is anticipating over a billion people watching from across the globe

Puppet corgis, a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen and the Gold State Coach are just some of the sights set to feature in the 1.8-mile (3km) parade

A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of her reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny. Pictured: Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums personnel during a rehearsal for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at HMS Collingwood, in Fareham

Members of the marching band rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

Members of the Royal Marines rehearse for their role in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in Fareham

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant will tell the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign, including her enduring and close bond with the UK Armed Forces

More than 200 personnel, supported by the Royal Marine Corps of Drums, are put through their paces for the final time before they represent the Royal Navy at the Pageant on Sunday 5 June

Ice cream vans, JCBs, Del-Boy’s Only Fools And Horses three-wheeled Reliant Regal Supervan III, 15 Sinclair C5s, and seven open-top double-decker buses decorated in images of the decade they represent will also head down The Mall and past the palace.

It is hoped the monarch will make a final appearance on the Palace balcony to round off the weekend to see a musical finale of Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem with a choir made up of nearly 200 celebrities.

The 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
  • Happy and Glorious musical spectacle starring Ed Sheeran and close to 200 celebrities.

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A lifesize knitted Queen Elizabeth and a little corgi is seen in the grounds of St Luke’s Church in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

A local community group, the Holmes Chapel Community Yarn Bombers have filled their village of Holmes Chapel with patriotic knitted items to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Pictured is a knitted Queen with two British guardsmen on top of a Royal Mail pillar box

Knitted British guard puppets are attached to the gate of St Luke’s Church in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking 70 years on the throne

A knitted British guard puppet and red, white and blue covers are displayed on a pole in the streets of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, for the Platinum Jubilee

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