June 2 marks the beginning of the Platinum Jubilee, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the British throne: United Kingdom, Realms and the Commonwealth. According to Fox News:
In honor of the milestone anniversary, thousands of street parties are scheduled to coincide with days of royal celebrations honor the queen’s historic reign, including two bank holidays planned on Thursday and Friday for a four-day, holiday weekend.
Buckingham Palace shared that the queen’s attendance at events throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend will likely only be confirmed on “the day itself,” and Prince William and wife Kate Middleton were tapped to lead the Jubilee celebrations.
The celebrations begin Thursday with Trooping of the Colour, which marks the Monarch’s official birthday. She is 96 this year! Historically, the British monarch takes the salute to her troops, known as the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade. This year her son Prince Charles, as well as her daughter Princess Anne and her grandson Prince William, will take the salute instead during the military display.
Friday there will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, which will be attended by the royal family, followed by a reception at the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor.
Saturday will be a Race Day, fitting for the Queen, who is a lover of horses and racing. The royal family are expected to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs, where past and present jockeys are set to form a guard of honor at one of Britain’s biggest horse racing events.
There will be a palace concert later in the evening where 22,000 people have been invited to attend. Performances will include Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Queen + Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Craig David, George Ezra and Ela Eyre.
Performances featuring casts and special guests from The Phantom Of The Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat are also included in the event, with appearances by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Diana Ross will close the show during her first live U.K. performance in 15 years.
On Sunday, more than 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches in an attempt to set a world record for the longest street party with more than 10 million people anticipated to join in celebrations of communities in the commonwealth.
A three-hour pageant will close the weekend’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the Gold State Carriage, led by The Sovereign’s Escort.
The queen is not expected to personally travel in the regal carriage, but a “fabulous surprise” is in store instead.
The Pageant serves as an opportunity to highlight the queen’s achievements throughout the last seven decades, and culminates with a performance by Ed Sheeran, before a gospel choir and military band sing the National Anthem, “God Save the Queen.”