The full schedule of events marking the Queen this bank holiday weekend

Millions of people across the UK and the Commonwealth are preparing for an extra long weekend of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Some 200,000 events are set to take place among local communities in the UK between Thursday and Sunday as they mark 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Events range from parades featuring performers relaying key moments of the Queen’s reign, to concerts featuring A-listers such as Ed Sheeran and Alicia Keys, to a pageant and a special flypast.

Members of the public will be able to see the BBC’s live stream of events at The Mall and in St James’s Park in London, Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and in Cardiff’s Bute Park.

More than 70,000’Big Lunches’ have also been organized across the UK for Sunday, with some 10 million people expected to come together with their neighbours to mark the special occasion.

Here we take a look at what is lined up for each day of the extended bank holiday weekend.

Thursday

The first day of the Jubilee will kick off with the Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Color, at 10 am.

At 10:30 am members of the royal family will leave Buckingham Palace to join the parade, which sees more than 1,500 soldiers and musicians, around 240 horses and the Irish Guards mascot, Turlough Mor the Irish Wolfhound, coming together to mark the big day.

It is thought that some 7,000 members of the public will be watching the parade as they return to Horse Guards Parade for the first time since Covid-19 broke out in 2019.

The military spectacle will be followed by a wafer appearance by the Queen, it is hoped, plus key royals including the Cambridge children, to watch a special flypast.

The next event will take place at 9:25pm with members of the royal family arriving to watch the lighting of the principal beacon at the palace – a 21-metre tall Tree of Trees sculpture.

More than 3,000 beacons are being lit across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Friday

The day’s celebrations will begin with a service of Thanksgiving to pay tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign. The service will take place at 11am at St Paul’s cathedral.

At St Paul’s Cathedral, the Great Paul, measuring 16.5 tons and the largest bell cast in the UK, will be rung to mark the Jubilee. It was restored last year.

Members of the royal family will attend a lunchtime Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor at 12:25 pm.

Saturday

The Epsom Derby race starts at 5:30 pm. The Queen, who breeds and races horses, is expected to head to the racecourse with members of her family on Derby Day. She is to be greeted with a guard of honor made of up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.

At 7:40 pm, members of the royal family arrive at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert, hosted by Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp.

Up to 22,000 people are set to attend the open-air concert, which will run from 8-10.30pm and feature stars including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Diana Ross. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Sunday

Street parties and Big Jubilee Lunches will be staged across the country, with some 200,000 events bound to take place in total.

The Jubilee Pageant takes place in central London between 2: 30-5pm, with a 3km carnival procession featuring thousands of performers from across the country and the Commonwealth telling the story of the Queen’s reign.

It will move down The Mall and past the palace.

The finale will feature 150 “national treasures”, including Ed Sheeran, who will perform and gather with members of the public to pay tribute to the Queen.

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