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Queen’s 4-day Bank Holiday Platinum Jubilee party to be ‘biggest UK event ever’

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee party is set to be the 'biggest event the UK has ever seen' according to organisers.

The pageant will take place over a bumper four-day Bank Holiday weekend next year and will feature 6,500 performers on the last day alone.

Kicking off on Thursday, June 2, and ending on the Sunday, organisers are also hoping it tops Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee held in 1897.

Victoria and Albert Museum chairman Nicholas Coleridge, who is co-chairing the event, revealed plans for the party at this week's Conservative Party conference in Manchester, detailing how he intends to utilise the £10 million to £15 million budget.

He said: "It's going to be the largest that's ever put on, larger we think even than that that was put on for Queen Victoria.

"We're having all the creative industries in it – 17 different theatre groups have so far signed up to be in it, we're having enormous sculptures the size of four-storey houses being dragged down the Mall.

"We're having a mysterious celebrity singer that if I said it, the entire 'Team Jubilee' would be so angry with me that I'd probably never be able to go back into the office.

"We've got royals, we've got golden coaches and at the heart of it, of course, we've got the Queen."

He explained that the festivities will include processions around London's parks, the Trooping The Colour, a "great lunch" and a BBC concert.

Coleridge also revealed that there will be events taking place all over the country involving people from all over the world, which is fitting seeing as the BBC predicts the pageant could attract a global audience of one billion.

"At the same time, and massively importantly, we're going to make sure that whilst the Jubilee is based on London… it's not going to be London-centric," he continued.

"We even have a giant map, making sure that we have people from every part of our country and indeed every part of the Commonwealth.

"We're going to have people from all 54 Commonwealth countries who are going to be taking part in this astounding parade.

"But on the side of it, the levelling up agenda will be fully respected – the North East, the North West, Plymouth, every Member of Parliament I speak to asks me whether their own constituency will be represented."

The event also aims to "cheer up" the nation following a tough two years during the pandemic.

Coleridge concluded: "By the end of it I hope we're going to feel re-energised, highly patriotic and very much one nation as we all celebrate the Platinum Jubilee."

It's been a year like no other for the Queen from the loss of her husband to heartache over Prince Harry. But Her Majesty has also had a lot of cause for celebration, including the birth of baby Lilibet. To mark what a year the Queen has had, OK! Magazine is bringing you a limited edition collector's issue. Get your hands on it here.

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