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

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

Around 200,000 events will take place in local communities across the UK between Thursday and Sunday as they celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Events range from parades with performers recreating key moments in the Queen’s reign, to concerts featuring A-list stars like Ed Sheeran and Alicia Keys, to a pageant and special flyover.

Members of the public can watch the BBC live stream events at The Mall and St James’s Park in London, Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and Cardiff’s Bute Park.

More than 70,000 “Big Lunches” have been organized for Sunday across the UK, with around 10 million people expected to gather with their neighbors to celebrate the special occasion.

Here’s a look at what’s in store for each day of the bank holiday weekend.

Thursday

The first day of the anniversary begins at 10am with the Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.

At 10:30am, members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace to join the parade, which brings together more than 1,500 soldiers and musicians, around 240 horses and the Irish Guards mascot, Turlough Mor, the Irish wolfhound, to honor the to celebrate big day.

Around 7,000 members of the public are believed to be watching the parade as they return to Horse Guards Parade for the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2019.

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The military spectacle will be followed by a balcony appearance from the Queen and it is hoped they will be able to watch a special flyby alongside key royals including the Cambridge children.

The next event will take place at 9:25pm, when members of the royal family will arrive to watch the lighting of the main bonfire at the palace – a 21m tall tree-of-trees sculpture.

More than 3,000 beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth.

Friday

The day’s celebrations begin with a Thanksgiving service to pay tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign. The service will be at 11am in St Paul’s Cathedral.

To mark the anniversary, St Paul’s Cathedral will ring the Great Paul, which weighs 16.5 tonnes and is Britain’s largest cast bell. It was restored last year.

Members of the Royal Family will attend a lunchtime reception in the Guildhall at 12:25pm hosted by the Lord Mayor.

Saturday

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

At 7.40pm, 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 will attend the open air concert which will take place from 8pm to 10.30pm and will feature stars such as Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Diana Ross. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Sunday

Street festivals and large anniversary dinners will be held across the country, with a total of around 200,000 events taking place.

The jubilee competition takes place in central London between 2.30pm and 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 moves 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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