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The Gold State Coach that took the Queen to her Coronation in 1953 will make its first appearance on the streets of London since 2002 at Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June, Buckingham Palace announced today.  

The Queen was last seen in the 18th-century coach at her Golden Jubilee in 2002. First used by King George III after being commissioned in 1760, it has featured at every coronation from George IV onwards. 

Earlier this year, a team was working to ensure that any necessary repairs to the ancient vehicle had been made. 

It weighs four tonnes and is 24ft long. The Queen previously described her journey in the coach on the occasion of her Coronation as ‘horrible’. 

Film recorded on June 2, 1953 as the monarch travelled in the coach on the day she was crowned will be shown using advanced technology on the remodelled windows of the opulent 18th century carriage on the final day of the festivities in June 

Celebrations for the Jubilee weekend will kick off with Trooping the Colour, watched by the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony, it was announced today. 

Her Majesty has limited the balcony appearance on Thursday, June 2, to working members of her family, with the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex omitted from the royal line up.

To coincide with the appearance of the Royals on the balcony, there will be an impressive RAF flypast, followed by the lighting of beacons in more than 2,000 towns, villages and cities across the UK. 

The main beacon lighting will take place at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. 

The Palace refused to be drawn on whether there would be a second balcony appearance as a finale after the Pageant on Sunday.

A source reiterated past remarks about Harry and Meghan: ‘They are much loved members of the family and they would be invited to family events.’

With less than a month to go, the Palace released further details, including how Jubilee arrangements have been tailored for the Queen’s comfort.

There will be no ceremonial journey to the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday June 3, and the 96-year-old monarch, who is facing mobility issues, will use a different entrance rather than scaling the steep steps.

Whilst the Queen is expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour, attend the church service and the Epsom Derby, decisions on her appearances across the weekend are not likely to be confirmed until the day.

A Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on the day itself.’

It will be the first time in three years that the Windsors have appeared on the balcony since the start of the pandemic, with the last time being the Queen’s official birthday parade in 2019.

Mini versions of Trooping were staged in the confines of Windsor Castle during lockdown.

Much has changed since 10 years ago when during the Diamond Jubilee, just six members of the royal family appeared – the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry – on the Palace balcony as part of a new slimmed down monarchy – with Edward, Sophie, Anne and Andrew missing out. 

The Gold State Coach that took the Queen to her Coronation in 1953 will make its first appearance on the streets o of London since 2002 at Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June

The Gold State Coach that took the Queen to her Coronation in 1953 will make its first appearance on the streets o of London since 2002 at Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June

The Gold State Coach that took the Queen to her Coronation in 1953 will make its first appearance on the streets o of London since 2002 at Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June

Thursday June 2, 2022: Trooping the Colour 

More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.

Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the procession will move down The Mall to Horse Guards’ Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. 

Trooping the Colour will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Crucially – as revealed today – the balcony appearance is limited to working members of her family, with the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex omitted from the royal line up.

Joining the Queen on the balcony for Trooping will be the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Also set to appear for the historic occasion will be Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June

More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June

More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June

Trooping the Colour will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Above: The Queen and the Royal family on the balcony in 2017

Trooping the Colour will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Above: The Queen and the Royal family on the balcony in 2017

Trooping the Colour will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Above: The Queen and the Royal family on the balcony in 2017

The head of state has made an exception for Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim, who is not a working royal, and her two youngest grandchildren Lady Louise and James, and her Cambridge great-grandchildren George, Charlotte and Louis.   

The Palace spokesman added: ‘In addition the Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to appear as is Sir Tim Laurence, who the Queen is happy to attend as a frequent attendee and support for the Princess Royal on official engagements.’ 

The symbolic move is likely to be interpreted as a snub to Harry and Meghan, who quit the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago, and to Andrew, who was cast out of the institution over his civil sexual assault case. 

Andrew stepped down from public duties in 2019 and just weeks ago paid millions out of court to settle a civil sexual assault case.

He was stripped of his honorary military titles and forced to no longer use his HRH style, but he played a key role in March when he escorted his mother to the Duke of Edinburgh’s thanksgiving service.

Harry and Meghan quit as senior working royals amid the Megxit saga, but there was speculation they might return to the UK to attend the Jubilee celebrations.

Andrew and the Sussexes could still make an appearance during other parts of the weekend.

A Palace source said: ‘Other family members will be invited to events. We’ve always made that clear and they are likely to be public events.’

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II rides Tuesday June 4, 2002, in the Gold State coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate to her Golden Jubilee

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II rides Tuesday June 4, 2002, in the Gold State coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate to her Golden Jubilee

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II rides Tuesday June 4, 2002, in the Gold State coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate to her Golden Jubilee 

Platinum Jubilee Beacons 

The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Friday June 3, 2022: Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The service will include readings from the Bible, along with prayers and hymns that will be sung by both the choir and congregation. 

During the service, the church’s bell, named Great Paul, will be rung. It was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism. 

It was restored in 2021 and has been rung on eight occasions since then. However, this is the first royal occasion for which it has been rung. 

The service will start at 11.30am and Great Paul will be rung between 10.50am and 10.55am, followed by a peal of bells. After the service, a reception will be held at the Guildhall .

Saturday June 4, 2022: The Derby at Epsom Downs, followed by Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace

The Derby at Epsom Downs

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace

The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign. 

Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in due course.

Sunday June 5, 2022: The Big Jubilee Lunch

The Big Jubilee Lunch 

Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. 

In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.

People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant

A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets.

It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honouring the collective service of people and communities across the country.

The bells of Westmiminster Abbey will chime to mark the start of the pageant, as they did on the day of the Queen’s Coronation. 

As they do so, the Mounted Band of the Queen’s Household Cavalry will lead the Gold State Coach along a crowd-thronged route back to Buckingham Palace. 

Archive film footage of Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day will be shown on the remodelled on the windows to evoke the image of the young monarch travelling in the coach on the day of her Coronation. 

More than 10,000 people will be involved, including the military and more than 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the public. 

Well-known celebrities from music, film, sport and the arts will also take part in the Pageant, whilst the Armed Forces will take a key role. 

Overall, around 1,800 servicemen and women will be there to represent the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force. 

The ULTIMATE Platinum party guide: How and where to toast the Queen’s 70-year reign… from the Red Arrows at RAF Cosford to jousting at Hampton Court Palace and Sir Elton John at the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace

  • Celebratory events will also include Superbloom at Tower of London and special concerts all over the UK 
  • Smaller events such as a 70km ‘ultra challenge’ in Portsmouth are also taking place to mark the Jubilee
  • MailOnline has compiled the ultimate party guide to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee over specialbank holiday

By Jamie Phillips for MailOnline 

Huge events are taking place across the country to celebrate the Queen‘s 70-year reign.

Celebratory occasions will include the Red Arrows performing overhead at RAF Cosford, to jousting at Hampton Court Palace and Sir Elton John among guests at a special concert at Buckingham Palace. 

Meanwhile, a 70-kilometre ‘ultra challenge’ is taking place for runners wanting to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in a unique way and a 70-mile classic car run in Cornwall, featuring a car from every year of the Queen’s reign, is also pencilled in among a wide variety of events.

Below, MailOnline has compiled the ultimate party guide to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the special extra bank holiday.

Singalong at the Tower 

Date: April 28

Time: 7pm 

Location: The Tower of London 

The Tower of London will host a special concert with ‘a programme of rousing and expressive choral music’ featuring the Choir of the Chapels Royal.

Music inside the St Peter and Vincula chapel will reflect on the ‘themes of coronation and queenhood’.

Ticket price: £25 via the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) website.

Yeoman Warder's (more commonly known as Beefeaters) parading from the Queen's House to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula - where the event will take place

Yeoman Warder's (more commonly known as Beefeaters) parading from the Queen's House to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula - where the event will take place

Yeoman Warder’s (more commonly known as Beefeaters) parading from the Queen’s House to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula – where the event will take place

The National Lottery’s Big Jubilee Street Party

Date: May 12

Time: 6pm

Location: AO Arena, Manchester

The event, hosted by Jason Manford and Fleur East, will feature performances from the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Grennan, Steps and Ella Henderson among others.

Tickets are now sold out for the event, but ITV and ITV Hub will be airing a special one-off show on a date to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Tickets: Sold out

TV: ITV and ITV Hub, 

Superbloom 

Date: June 1 to September 18

Location: Tower of London

Superbloom at the Tower of London will see more than 20 millions seeds sewn to create a ‘spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers that will fill the Tower’s moat’.

Designed to attract pollinators, ‘Superbloom’ aims to ‘bring spectacular natural beauty’ to the urban space.

Visitors will be able to slide down the moat on a mat, while a specially commissioned sound installation and sculptural elements will also form part of the attraction.

Tickets: From £12 for adults via the HRP website.

Gardeners sow seeds into the moat surrounding the Tower of London, that will bloom into a 'Superbloom' display celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee later this year

Gardeners sow seeds into the moat surrounding the Tower of London, that will bloom into a 'Superbloom' display celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee later this year

Gardeners sow seeds into the moat surrounding the Tower of London, that will bloom into a ‘Superbloom’ display celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee later this year

Jubilee Joust at Hampton Court Palace

Date: June 1 – June 5

Times: 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm 

Location: Hampton Court Palace

Experience the historic sport of jousting in the gardens of the iconic Hampton Court Palace.

A special family-friendly tournament will take place over five days that will see knights compete to be hailed champion, with spectators able to cheer, jeer and follow the fun from the sidelines.

Tickets: Free for members, from £26.10 for adults via the HRP website.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert

Location: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Date: June 2

Time: 7.30pm

A special concert is to take place at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee that will include a selection of works from throughout her reign.

Titles for the evening include music from the coronation, works dedicated to The Queen and HRH The Princess Margaret, music from across the Commonwealth, personal favourites of Her majesty (My Fair Lady) and even bagpipes.

Tickets: £13-£55 via the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra website.

Ride a purple steam train

Date: June 2 – June 5 

Timetable: TBC 

Location: Taw Valley

Severn Valley Railway has renamed its 34027 Taw Valley engine Elizabeth II to mark her jubilee – as well as painting it purple.  

Across the jubilee weekend, rock bands from the 1950s will play classic hits at multiple stations, while the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast with a Lancaster will also take place on all four days. 

Tickets: From £32.40 on the Severn Valley Railway website.

St Paul’s Cathedral Service of Thanksgiving

Date: June 3

Time: TBC

Location: St Paul’s Cathedral, London

A service of thanksgiving will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign. Little information is available at present, but it is understood the service will not be open to the public.

Tickets: Closed to the public.

Jubilee Concert at Windsor Castle

Date: June 3

Time: TBC

Location: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Take the chance to enjoy musical entertainment at Windsor Castle’s famed St George’s Chapel.

The concert will feature ‘special performances’ with the benefit of ‘amazing chapel acoustics’ and will be hosted by BBC Radio Three’s Petroc Trelawney. 

Tickets: Tickets and further details for the Concert will be available in due course.

Platinum Party at the Palace 

Date: June 4 

Time: TBC

Location: Buckingham Palace

A special concert will take place in front of the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

MailOnline reported last year that Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Stevie Wonder were being lined up to perform at the concert, set to be the ‘biggest celebration’ of the year in the UK.  

It is hoped to be similar to the Diamond Jubilee concert organised by Gary Barlow in 2012, which saw the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, as well as Kylie Minogue, Madness, and Annie Lennox take to the stage. 

A ballot for tickets has now closed, but up to 10,000 people will attend and the show will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Tickets: Ballot closed

TV: BBC One and BBC iPlayer

'God Save the Queen' projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace at the end of the 'Party at the Palace' concert held in the palace grounds to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002

'God Save the Queen' projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace at the end of the 'Party at the Palace' concert held in the palace grounds to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002

‘God Save the Queen’ projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace at the end of the ‘Party at the Palace’ concert held in the palace grounds to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002

Epsom Derby 

Date: June 4

Location: Epsom Downs Racecourse

Time: 4.30pm

Prior to the huge Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will have an eye on the Epsom Derby.

The Cazoo Derby, one of the most prominent races in the calendar, has been taking place since 1780 and this year will feature an official commemoration of the Queen.

Her Majesty, an avid horse racing fan, has only missed the Derby four times in 75 years.

Tickets: From £30 on the Jockey Club website.

TV: ITV

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ‘Proms in the Park’ concert 

Date: June 4  

Time: 1pm

Location: Wherstead Park, Ipswich

A ‘Best of British’ Proms concert will feature Christina Johnson and a live music ensemble.

Rousing classics such as Land of Hope and Glory, Abide with Me, Nimrod, God Save the Queen, Jerusalem, You’ll Never Walk Alone will be played along with hits from the West End. 

Tickets: From £5 on the Wherstead Park website.  

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Date: June 4

Time: All day

Location: The Long Walk, Windsor 

Windsor’s iconic Long Walk will host a huge picnic event with a ‘carnival atmosphere’ featuring ‘cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign’.

The Platinum Party at the Palace will also be shown on giant screens for all to enjoy with their food.

Tickets: Free entry

Windsor's iconic Long Walk will host a huge picnic event with a 'carnival atmosphere' featuring 'cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign'

Windsor's iconic Long Walk will host a huge picnic event with a 'carnival atmosphere' featuring 'cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign'

Windsor’s iconic Long Walk will host a huge picnic event with a ‘carnival atmosphere’ featuring ‘cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign’

Picnic in the Park afternoon tea at Sandringham

Date: June 4 and June 5

Time: 12pm-5pm

Location: Sandringham Estate, Norfolk

Where better to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than at her much loved country retreat at Sandringham?

Visitors can enjoy a ‘delicately packaged’ afternoon tea in a ‘commemorative Platinum Jubilee design’ in the estate’s Parkland.

Tickets: From £35 on the Sandringham Estate website

Windsor Big Lunch

Date: June 5  

Time: All day

Location: The Long Walk, Windsor

The day after its Picnic in the Park event, Windsor will host its annual Big Lunch.

Friends and families will again be encouraged to bring picnics and union jack flags, while giant screens will show the Platinum Pageant.

Tickets: Arrangements are currently being put in place for a facility to reserve tables free of charge via a ticketing system, with details available soon.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Date: June 5

Time: TBC

Location: Buckingham Palace 

The Pageant will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume to celebrate the Queen’s ‘love of the natural world and dedication to the Commonwealth’.

A procession will take place along The Mall, emulating a moving river,  while vintage cars and motorbikes will also feature.

The event is split into four parts, the first of which will contain more than 2,000 military personnel, followed by vintage clothes and classic cars, an artistic element and then a ‘surprise package’. 

Tickets: Open to the public, no booking required. 

A concept image of marching bands who will make up part of the Jubilee celebration. The marching bands, a giant dragon puppet and circus acts will form part of a spectacular pageant

A concept image of marching bands who will make up part of the Jubilee celebration. The marching bands, a giant dragon puppet and circus acts will form part of a spectacular pageant

A concept image of marching bands who will make up part of the Jubilee celebration. The marching bands, a giant dragon puppet and circus acts will form part of a spectacular pageant

Bodmin to Penzance classic car run

Date: June 5 

Time: TBC

Location: Bodmin

Seventy cars from 70 years will travel 70 miles through Cornwall from Bodmin to Penzance to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Bodmin, the event’s oldest vehicle will be a 1952 MG TD.

Tickets: £25 entry 

Portsmouth Platinum Jubilee 70k Ultra Challenge

Date: June 5

Time:  8.40am-5pm

Location: Ferry Road, Portsmouth

The ultra challenge will see competitors given the choice between running the full 70k, or spreading the distance across a kayak, run and cycle.

There will be medals for all who complete the event, while there is the option to run a shorter distance if desired.

Tickets: Open to the public

RAF Cosford Airshow

Date: June 12

Time: Gates open at 8am

Location: RAF Cosford, Shropshire

The RAF Cosford Airshow will tell the 70-year-old story of aviation and its links to royalty through themed displays, while visitors can also enjoy a hands-on experience through immersive story-telling.

Air Show Chairman, Wing Commander Kenny Wickens, said earlier this year: ‘We are delighted to announce the return of the RAF Cosford Air Show after two difficult years. 

‘A huge amount of work has been done in the early stages of planning this event to ensure we can provide a safe and enjoyable show for all of our visitors and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to RAF Cosford for a day of celebration and entertainment.’

Tickets: Adults from £34, under 16s go free. Available to buy on the Cosford Airshow website

RAF Falcons display RAF Cosford Air Show in 2019, when at least 55,000 people attended the event

RAF Falcons display RAF Cosford Air Show in 2019, when at least 55,000 people attended the event

RAF Falcons display RAF Cosford Air Show in 2019, when at least 55,000 people attended the event

Red Hot Chilli Peppers and motorcycle display at the Platinum Jubilee Youth Spectacular

Date: June 18 and 19

Time: TBC

Location: St Ninians, Fife, Scotland

TV presenter Stephen Mulhern will host an event at the newly constructed arena that will feature a motorcycle display along with Scouts, Guides and Highland dancing.

It will culminate with an after event performance from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Tickets: Open to the public, but advance booking required.

Source: Daily Mail

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