Colorful contest, street parties for Cap Platinum Jubilee

Brian May performs at the Platinum Jubilee Concert taking place outside Buckingham Palace, London on Saturday June 4, 2022, the third of four days of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee (Source: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, swimming pool)

Royal fans were hoping for an appearance from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace after a colorful street show through London on Sunday, the final day of a bank holiday weekend celebrating the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

Thousands of performers will parade along a three kilometer (nearly two mile) route from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace, telling the Queen’s life story with dance, vibrant costumes , carnival music and giant puppets.

The festivities will begin with the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey, and a military band will drive the Golden State Coach, a horse-drawn carriage that carried the Queen to her coronation 69 years ago.

The monarch will not take part in the competition, but a stock video of her will be shown in the windows of the trainer.

Royal fans braved the wet and cold weather and camped out on the mall overnight to secure the best view of the contest. Some came for the celebrities scheduled to perform, while others said they wanted to be part of a historic moment.

“It’s history, it’ll never happen again. It’s something special, so if you want to do it, you have to go big or go home,” said Shaun Wallen, 50.

The Queen has not appeared in public for Platinum Jubilee events since Thursday, when she smiled and waved on the Buckingham Palace balcony with her family. She has limited her appearances in recent months due to what the Palace describes as “episodic mobility issues”.

Still, she thrilled the country when she appeared in a surprise comedy video that opened a concert Saturday outside Buckingham Palace. In the video, the monarch enjoyed tea with a computer-animated Paddington Bear – and revealed that, just like the furry character, she has a thing for marmalade sandwiches and likes to keep them in her purse.

Diana Ross and rock band Queen headlined the all-star tribute concert, which also included Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.

On Sunday, celebrities including Ed Sheeran will sing “God Save The Queen” outside Buckingham Palace as the competition’s finale. Many are hoping the monarch will make a second balcony appearance to close out the weekend of celebrations.

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Jo Kearney contributed to this report.

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