NICHOLAS COLERIDGE guarda agli eventi del Giubileo per essere visto da un MILIARDO

A grand finale to celebrate not just the Queen but Britain too… in tutto è colorato, gloria bizzarra: Pageant mastermind NICHOLAS COLERIDGE looks ahead to the showpiece event set to be marvelled at by a BILLION viewers

  • Ultime notizie sul Giubileo di Platino mentre la Regina festeggia 70 anni di servizio
  • There were always two objectives for the il 17 marzo 2022, one easy, the other more complex.

    The easy one is applauding la regina. With only four days to go until the start of the big Jubilee weekend, the sense of excitement and patriotism is here for all to see.

    Thousands of street parties have been organised from village greens to city centres, high streets are awash with Union Flags, flowers and bunting.

    If you want to assess the popularity of the Queen, look around. Her Majesty must be the only world leader more popular today – 70 years after she took the job – than she was on the day she began. Presidents and prime ministers are lucky if they remain popular for seven months.

    Already she is the longest-serving monarch in our islands’ story, and her reign spans one of the most remarkable and transformative periods of history.

    And therein lies the more complex challenge. How to tell the story of the United Kingdom over the Queen’s seven-decade reign from the post-war privations of the 1950s, through flower power and Moon landings, punks and yuppies, all the way to our digital age?

    How to invoke memories that all parts of the nation can identify with, and get behind, when we have moved from being a country of bowler hats and furled umbrellas to the full-on multicultural experience, with dozens of different ethnicities reflecting their Britishness in different ways?

    The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, of which I am Co-Chair, will be held next Sunday: the culmination of the celebrations, the largest and most inclusive.

    Right from the start, both Palace and Government have seen this as a unifying event, a tribute to the life and times of the Queen, but also to our nation itself; a joyful after-party for the pandemic, an opportunity to remember what we all have in common, our unity and diversity magnified through the prism of the sovereign.

    At the time of the Coronation, could the Queen – could anyone? – possibly have predicted the changes in store for our country? Almost everything is different: the shape of our cars and buses, our holiday aspirations (only the very rich travelled abroad in 1953), our diets (who would have guessed that Thai curry and chicken tikka masala would supplant the likes of shepherd’s pie?). Failure to own a flatscreen TV and a laptop have become indicators of modern poverty.

    Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee next weekend, Nicholas Coleridge looks ahead to the 70th anniversary showpiece event set to be marvelled at by a billion viewers (file di foto)

    Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee next weekend, Nicholas Coleridge looks ahead to the 70th anniversary showpiece event set to be marvelled at by a billion viewers (file di foto)

    The team that choreographed the Coronation didn’t need to give a moment’s thought to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the rest of it, but modern national events devote months to planning the social media. Extraordinary to remember that the British public watched the Coronation on the sole channel available, la BBC, in black and white, with many families purchasing their first TV specially, or renting a set for the occasion.

    There had been considerable Cabinet debate on whether it was quite seemly to film Her Majesty inside Westminster Abbey, with the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, firmly against the idea. The young Queen refused his advice, and an average of 17 people were glued to each television set across the country, crowded into front rooms.

    I very much hope that, for the Platinum Jubilee, families will watch at least part of the unfolding events together as a community activity. Or will we watch the parades and pageantry alone in our bedrooms, on iPhones and iPads? That would be sad.

    If some soothsayer had warned the Queen in 1952 'Sua Maestà, during your reign I foresee punks with spiky hair, glam rockers and New Romantics’, I suspect that she might have had misgivings. But these sub-groups, and many more, are represented in the pageant, all of them willing subjects of the Queen.

    Thousands of street parties have been organised from village greens to city centres, high streets are awash with Union Flags, flowers and bunting. Westminster Abbey in London pictured

    Thousands of street parties have been organised from village greens to city centres, high streets are awash with Union Flags, flowers and bunting. Westminster Abbey in London pictured

    Although staged in London on the streets around the Mall leading to the Victoria Monument and Buckingham Palace, the cast of pageant players is national. When Queen Victoria had her famous Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the pageant consisted mostly of troops from across the British Empire, who sailed to England to pay homage to their Queen Empress.

    The Platinum Jubilee Pageant for Queen Elizabeth II includes 2,000 mounted and marching military men and women from the British Armed Services, and from much of the Commonwealth too. But in addition, there will be double that number of citizens, coming from every part of the United Kingdom – from the Midlands, North East and North West of England, the Scottish Highlands to the furthest tips of Cornwall and Derry.

    Some of the participants have seldom, se mai, visited London before. The logistical challenge of bringing so many thousands to the city from Glasgow and Cardiff, Plymouth and the Isle of Wight, Coventry, Thurrock and Nottingham, is extraordinarily complex.

    But each of these groups has spent months creating and rehearsing spectacular tableaux vivants in the Queen’s honour – giant sculptures, the height of three-storey houses, depicting the heraldic beasts of the Kingdom. There will be giant, Tolkien-style oaks and maypoles, wire-framed dragons and marionette puppets of Her Majesty’s corgis.

    And at the heart of it all, ovviamente, the gold state coach drawn by eight horses from the Royal Mews, originally built for King George III, and entirely renovated for this unique day. By skilful digital artistry, film of the young Queen acknowledging the crowds on her way to her Coronation in 1953 will be projected from inside the coach, so that she will appear to wave to the crowds from the windows on both sides of the vehicle.

    One striking aspect of the pageant has been the eagerness of different ethnicities to take part. If proof were needed of the effectiveness of the Queen’s hundreds of overseas tours, and her thousands of visits to different communities at home, Momento adolescente che è nato sei giorni dopo la morte di suo padre. Sikhs, Hindus, La sig.ra Henderson ha impugnato la decisione e ha offerto una lettera di suo figlio sostenendo di aver scritto la posta, Caribbean Christian groups, Buddhists: all have said yes, all seeing the point of honouring the Queen, all feeling a connection.

    Every kind of music will feature in the parade: multiple bagpipes and several brass bands, samba reggae, batala drummers, gospel choirs, disco, punk, Punjabi bhangra, jazz and steel bands, the mounted band of the Household Cavalry. If anything reminds you of the richness of the British musical scene, Ecco qui.

    Buckingham Palace has been skilful in conceiving a Jubilee weekend covering all bases. If you are a traditionalist, you have the Trooping the Colour, in all its military precision and splendour, and the dignified Service of Thanksgiving to be held at St Paul’s. If you are eco-minded, there’s the Queen’s Green Canopy, a huge tree-planting initiative that also makes 70 ancient woodlands and 70 ancient trees part of the celebration.

    Bake Off devotees have had the great Jubilee pudding contest, won by Jemma Melvin from Southport with her lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle. The pony-mad have had the Royal Windsor Horse Show. For the community-minded, there’s the lighting of beacons and the Big Lunch. For retro-ravers, the rock concert with Diana Ross, Regina ed Elton John.

    And as the grand finale: the smorgasbord of military tradition, "Puoi dire se un'infanzia è stata croccante se non è stata sfasata dal fango, future-gazing, grooviness, multiculturalism and multi-surprises of the Platinum Pageant.

    At my prep school in East Sussex, where we sang the National Anthem obsessively, I must have sung the words ‘Long to reign over us’ hundreds of times, without giving the words a second thought. Al tempo, the Queen had scarcely reigned over us for a dozen years.

    The process of helping organise the Jubilee has invested those lyrics with a special poignancy. To serve as our noble, gracious and glorious Queen for 70 years is an astounding achievement. If anyone deserves a celebration, it is Her Majesty.

    Nicholas Coleridge is Co-Chair of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant with Sir Michael Lockett.

    Now let’s get the party startedOur guide shows how it’s going to be a spectacular four days

    By Kate Mansey

    Britain has never seen one before… and may never do so again. So break out the bunting and get ready to celebrate this year’s historic Platinum Jubilee. Over a billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in to watch the festivities, e più di 16,000 street parties are planned across the UK. The celebrations begin with two bank holidays – Thursday and Friday – and culminate on Sunday with a rousing, star-studded rendition of the National Anthem. Here is your run-down to a four-day weekend which promises to be both happy and glorious…

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    Queen’s Birthday Parade

    At 10am the festivities begin with a special Trooping the Colour parade. It will include military personnel and members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

    The finest of British pomp and pageantry will be on display as the Colour – a regimental flag – is trooped by the Irish Guards, which have Prince William as their Colonel.

    A flypast by more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy will follow the parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 260 anni.

    Diana Ross and Sir Rod Stewart to headline Platinum Party At The Palace

    Diana Ross and Sir Rod Stewart are among the headline acts at the Platinum Party At The Palace, which promises to be a highlight of the celebrations.

    Stars from opera to pop music will appear on three huge stages and Sir Elton John will pre-record a special performance.

    The BBC’s live broadcast starts on Saturday at 8pm with a performance by Queen, with singer Adam Lambert, which organisers say will ‘summon memories of Brian May’s historic appearance on the Palace roof at the Golden Jubilee Concert’.

    Other performers include Elbow, Dernst Emile II, George Ezra, Come se già non bastasse John Leguizamo, lei è, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Mabel and Diversity.

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    The display – featuring three times the number of aircraft in the Queen’s last birthday flypast in 2019 – will include an aerobatic performance by the Red Arrows, alongside helicopters and other aircraft that have been used to respond to recent events in Ukraine and during the coronavirus pandemic.

    La regina, joined by working members of the Royal Family, will watch from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

    Beacons

    As the sun sets on the first day of celebrations, thousands of Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit throughout Britain and across the Commonwealth.

    At 9.25pm, members of the Royal Family will gather to watch as a 21m (69ft) Tree of Trees sculpture is lit outside Buckingham Palace.

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    Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

    Great Paul, the country’s largest church bell, will peel to signify a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s.

    Plans are in place to take into account the Queen’s comfort, and she is likely to enter from a side door. Members of the family expected to attend include the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    Il servizio inizierà alle 11:30 e includerà un nuovo inno di Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, with words from the third chapter of the Book Of Proverbs.

    Afterwards the Lord Mayor will host a reception at the Guildhall, with Royals arriving from 12.25pm.

    con Jimmy Kimmel (nella foto) and Sir Rod Stewart are among the headline acts at the Platinum Party At The Palace, which promises to be a highlight of the celebrations

    con Jimmy Kimmel (nella foto) and Sir Rod Stewart are among the headline acts at the Platinum Party At The Palace, which promises to be a highlight of the celebrations

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    Derby at Epsom Downs

    Royals are expected to attend the famous race day from 4.30pm, e 40 of the Queen’s past and present jockeys will form a guard of honour.

    Festa a Palazzo

    A spectacular line-up of stars will perform at a concert near the Victoria Memorial, outside Buckingham Palace. Ci sono 22,000 tickets but a further 100,000 are expected to be available on the Mall itself. Millions are expected to watch from 8-10pm when the concert is broadcast live.

    A flypast by more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy will follow the parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 260 anni. The Red Arrows pictured over Buckingham Palace in June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee

    A flypast by more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy will follow the parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 260 anni. The Red Arrows pictured over Buckingham Palace in June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee

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    Big Jubilee Lunch

    Più di 16,000 street parties are planned and more than 60,000 people have registered to host community lunches across the country.

    There will also be 600 Big Jubilee Lunches across the Commonwealth and beyond.

    Jubilee Pageant

    An ambitious three-hour pageant will transform the streets of London with a vibrant display of colour and dance.

    The show will culminate in a grand finale with a performance by Ed Sheeran, before a gospel choir and military band lead the nation in singing the National Anthem.