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Live: Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in the UK and ask your questions

Live: Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in the UK and ask your questions
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The program of the festivities

The celebrations marking the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II take place from Thursday to Sunday. Here is the program of the festivities:

More than 1,500 soldiers and musicians from the British Army will parade during the ceremony of the hello to the colors (Trooping the Color), which officially marks the birthday of the Queen, who was born in April.

This military parade, with musicians and horses, is a tradition that goes back more than two centuries. With the high point of two appearances by Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to greet the crowd first and then admire the aerial parade.

Only members of the royal family who carry out official public engagements on behalf of the Queen will be present on this balcony, which therefore excludes Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, exiled in California, as well as Prince Andrew, son of the Queen, who has signed a financial agreement to end sexual assault charges.

More than 2,800 signal lights will then be lit on Thursday evening at the Palace and across the UK, including on the country’s four highest peaks, as well as in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Territories from overseas.

The Queen will remotely light, from Windsor Castle, the main light attraction of the night: a 21-meter-high tree-shaped sculpture located in front of Buckingham Palace, where Prince William will be present.

Lights will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals on five continents. Nine bridges spanning the River Thames in London will be illuminated, as will the iconic BT Tower in the capital, as well as several cathedrals in England.

A mass of thanksgiving for the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and on this occasion the bell of the Great Paul (Great Paul bell) will be rung, which occurs very rarely.

This bell dating from 1882 is the largest church bell in the country. Its mechanism broke in the 1970s, but it was repaired last year. It has only sounded eight times since.

Passionate about horse racing, the queen was to attend the 243e edition of the prestigious Epsom Derby. But according to the British press, it will ultimately not make the trip.

In the evening, some 22,000 people – including 5,000 “key workers” during the pandemic – are expected to attend a big party at Buckingham Palace, the BBC Platinum Party. Among the headliners: Queen + rockers Adam Lambert, Motown legend Diana Ross and Alicia Keys.

This day also marks the first birthday of Lilibet, daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan, who could meet the Queen, her great-grandmother, for the first time.

Millions of people will take part in outdoor dining celebrations across the country, with more than 70,000 people having registered to organize these “great jubilee lunches”according to the government.

More than 600 lunches are also planned in Commonwealth countries and the rest of the world, from Canada to Brazil, from New Zealand to Japan and from South Africa to Switzerland.

This last day of celebration will culminate with a large festive parade in central London, to Buckingham Palace. Musicians, artists, dancers, comedians… around 10,000 people will take part in a great show exploring the transformation of society since the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952. It will end with the interpretation of the national anthem , God Save the Queenoutside the palace, run by British pop star Ed Sheeran.

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