Celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are already in full swing.
Thousands turned out for the parade through central London on Thursday, and Friday saw one of the most meaningful events of the long weekend – the Service of Thanksgiving, which marks the Queen’s position as a spiritual leader and head of the Church of England.
And there is plenty more to look forward to heading into the weekend, including the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The pageant will mean some roads will be closed in central London on Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know.
When is the Platinum Jubilee Pageant?
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will start at 2.30pm on Sunday 5 June in central London.
It is scheduled to end at around 5pm.
Which roads will be closed for the pageant?
Transport for London (TfL) is advising people to avoid driving in central London over the long bank holiday weekend.
A map of all the road closures for the event has been released, with areas around St James’, Charing Cross and Hyde Park Corner affected.
Public transport will largely be running as normal, though some bus routes may be on diversion or be shortened if they pass through areas where the pageant is taking place.
How can I watch the pageant live?
If you are in London you can catch the pageant in person. It is free and no ticker is required.
All you need to do is turn up at the route.
The pageant will start on Whitehall, turn under Admiralty Arch and then process up the Mall before finishing outside Buckingham Palace around Queen Victoria Memorial.
It is recommended to arrive early if you wish to secure the best viewing spot.
A map has been released that shows the route and best spots to watch the pageant.
What can we expect?
More than 10,000 people will be involved in staging the pageant.
It will take place against the backdrop of the palace and the surrounding streets, along a 3km route similar to the path taken by the Queen during her coronation.
Organizers claim it will attract hundreds of millions of global viewers akin to an Olympics opening ceremony.
Several “national treasures” are being billed as participants in the event. The full list of stars remains under wraps, but Ed Sheeran will appear on stage to lead a special tribute and the Spice Girls have indicated they will not be appearing.
Other celebrities confirmed to be making an appearance include Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, Heston Blumenthal, James Martin, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.
The event will be split into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate, and Happy and Glorious.
The For Queen and Country segment will feature a military parade with 1,750 people and 200 horses – one of the largest military spectacles in modern history, organizers say.
The Time of Our Lives will celebrate seven decades of culture, music and fashion with strolling Lambeth walkers, jivers, hippies, teddy boys, mods, glam rockers, punks, new romantics, ravers, Britpoppers, junglists and breakbeaters.
Daleks, Sinclair C5s and a fleet of iconic cars from James Bond films dating to the 1960s will have starring roles, as will celebrities who have been “pivotal to the British culture” including Sir Cliff and Dame Shirley.
The third act, Let’s Celebrate, will tell the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters, packed with references to the Queen’s love of corgis and horses.
One section will see elite BMX stunt cyclists jump on to moving Land Rovers, while another will see the Paralympic rugby and basketball teams appear, as well as disabled and able-bodied performers from Bristol group Cirque Bijou.
During a homage to her 1953 coronation, a huge wire-framed bust of the monarch will appear.
This interpretation of the coronation in Afro-Caribbean carnival-style, by Brent-based Mahogany Carnival Arts, imagines the animal kingdom’s response to Princess Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952, while on safari in Kenya.
The Queen’s wedding in 1947 to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, will be highlighted with a giant four-tier wedding cake baked by acrobatic cooks on the move, in a performance by Birmingham-based group Nutkhut.
The final act, Happy and Glorious, will take place in front of the Palace and will feature the singing of the national anthem, as well as a performance by Sheeran.
What else is happening over the jubilee weekend?
Saturday June 4
5.30pm – The Epsom Derby takes place. The Queen and her family of her are expected to head to the racecourse on Derby Day, where the monarch is due to be greeted with a guard of honour, made of up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.
7.40pm – Members of the Royal Family arrive at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert.
8pm-10.30pm – The open-air concert in front of the palace – featuring stars including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Diana Ross – is broadcast live on BBC One.
Sunday June 5
Street parties and Big Jubilee Lunches are staged throughout the country.
There is an interactive map showing all the registered events and street parties on the official Platinum Jubilee website.
You can either enter your postcode to search for events near you, or click on a pin on the map. That will then tell you more about a particular event.
More than 2,400 events and 3,100 parties have already been organised, as far north as the Scottish islands and as far south as Penzance.
If you are looking for a Big Jubilee Lunch event, you can find one on the project’s own interactive map here.
The Big Lunch is a street-party project that runs street parties with the aim of fostering healthier and safer communities.
Nextdoor Jubilee also has a map of events, which you can find here.
Why is the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday in June?
The Platinum Jubilee bank holiday falls nearly four months after Elizabeth II celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession on 6 February, 2022.
However, that also marked 70 years since the death of her father, King George VI, and was therefore not an occasion the monarch wished to celebrate.
The first week of June was therefore chosen for the Platinum Jubilee weekend, just like the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees, with the summer month offering a better chance of good weather.
The bank holiday for the jubilee is on Friday 3 June.
To create the four-day weekend, the late-May spring bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June.
George VI – who became king unexpectedly after the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII – died in his sleep at Sandringham on 6 February, 1952.
Elizabeth II was announced as her successor. She was aged only 25 at the time, and was on a visit to Kenya with Prince Philip. She is now 96, and recently celebrated her birthday.
Her coronation did not take place until June 2, 1953, after a period of mourning.
The King had been battling ill health and failed to recover from a lung operation.
His body was discovered by a valet at 7.30am. At 10.45am, it was announced: “The King, who retired to rest last night in his usual health, passed peacefully away in his sleep from him early this morning.”