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A roundup of the Jubilee weekend celebrations

The Queen celebrated 70 years on the throne with plenty of events.

Elizabeth II has been the queen of England and had a successful reign for 70 years and this weekend people all across the UK showed their love for their country and its esteemed monarch with street parties, parades, high profile concerts, pageants and more.

The queen and the royal family are seen as symbolic figureheads for the people of England but many people believe they have done a world of good during their reign whereas others remain stuck on the controversy surrounding their prejudices against people of colour after the Meghan Markle fiasco. Nevertheless, everyone put their opinions aside, embraced the bank holiday and all that came with celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.

The official televised events began from Thursday as the jubilee kicked off with the Queens birthday parade. The members of the royal family joined the parade where there were around 1,500 soldiers, 240 horses and around 22,000 ticket holding civilians. There was also a lighting of the principal beacon at the palace and over 3,000 beacons across the UK and the common wealth.

Friday's celebrations began with a service of Thanksgiving to pay tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign. The service took place at 11am at St Paul’s cathedral and at 12:15 Her Majesty and her family attended a lunchtime Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor.

The rainy spells did not kill the spirit of the people of the UK as festivities continued on over the four days. The street parties, jubilee lunches and seafront picnics in Morecambe went ahead despite the less than stellar weather. Everyone wave and wore the Union Jack with pride and celebrated Her Majesty's reign with friends and family.

Saturday's event saw the BBC and the Royal Family premiere the Platinum Party at the Palace Concert, which took place outside Buckingham Palace. This three hour event saw a star studded line-up which saw performers from the worlds of music and dance to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

This special event was centred around global themes that have been born, or evolved,

during the majority of the Queen’s reign, which saw extraordinary British and

Commonwealth contributions including fashion, sport, the environment, pop music and musicals.

Musical icons such as Diana Ross, Queen and Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Sir Elton

John, Hans Zimmer, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran shared the three stage set-up

with other musical and dance performers such as Ella Eyre, Craig David, Sam Ryder,

Elbow and George Ezra, Nile Rogers, Andrea Bocell, Diversity, Mimi Webb, Jax Jones

and Celeste.

Andrew Lloyd Webber made a special appearance with Lin-Manuel Miranda, which

then led to a magnificent musical phenomenon with the casts of Hamilton, The Lion

King, The Phantom of the Opera, Six and Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat

taking the stage to perform their best hits.

The event also saw special pre-recorded messages towards her Majesty from stars

such as Sir David Attenborough, Julie Andrews, Paul MCcartney, Stephen Fry, David

Beckham, The Royal Ballet, Emma Raducanu.

The event also saw thoughtful and emotional speeches from the members of the Royal

Family. Prince William and Prince Charles dedicated their speeches of gratitude to what

Her Majesty has achieved during her 70 year reign.

Sunday was the final day of the Jubilee celebrations which saw people take to the streets for parties in the capital and across the country.

The main planned event was the Jubilee Pageant which saw a 3km carnival procession featuring a range of tributes to the Queens 70 years on the throne. Plenty of the royal family were in position watching the event and it was a delightful display of what the Queen has meant to the country over the decades.

The Pageant didn’t go without criticism though due to the cost-of-living crisis affecting families across the country and with rising bills, some thought the £15 million spent on that event alone was too much.

Jubilee celebrations culminated in a large performance from Ed Sheeran where he sung the national anthem in front of the Queen’s residence. The artist also sung a rendition of his song ‘Perfect’ which was dedicated to her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Ed Sheeran is no stranger to these performances, as the singer also performed for Elizabeth at her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, to celebrate 60 years on the throne.

Delighting and surprising the crowd, the Queen made an appearance on the balcony after it was speculated that the 96-year-old monarch would not be participating in the final activities.

Whether or not you support the monarchy, the events organised where extremely well executed and celebrated the life of the Queen to millions of people, providing some joy to the country after a low few years.


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