Sheeran to crown queen’s four-day jubilee party

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British pop superstar Ed Sheeran was on Sunday set to bring the curtain down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s historic Platinum Jubilee. 

The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter will perform at the finale of a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch’s record seven decades on the throne, as a long weekend of festivities across the UK concludes.

Meanwhile, millions of people are expected to attend “Big Jubilee Lunch” picnics, including an attempted world record for the longest street party.

The four-day extravaganza began Thursday with the pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Colour military parade to mark her official birthday, followed by beacon-lighting ceremonies across the country.

Friday’s focus was a traditional Church of England service of thanksgiving led by senior royals — and returning Prince Harry and his wife Meghan — in the hallowed surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

– Spectacle –

The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry — the largest regular military band in the UK — will lead the Gold State Coach along a crowd-thronged route to Buckingham Palace.

Performers from street theatre, carnival and other genres will also join in to celebrate her extraordinary life.

The carnival will include a giant oak tree flanked with maypole dancers, a huge moving wedding cake sounding out Bollywood hits, a towering dragon and three-storey-high beasts.

Earlier on Sunday, up to 10 million people are expected to take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch picnics nationwide.

More than 600 lunches have also been planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.

– ‘Full circle’ –

Ahead of his appearance, the “Shape of You” singer-songwriter revealed that the 2002 “Party at the Palace” to mark the queen’s Golden Jubilee actually inspired his phenomenally successful musical career.

Sheeran went on to perform at the queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert 10 years ago. 

His headline performance will follow Saturday night’s “Platinum Party”, which featured an array of stars on stage outside Buckingham Palace, with Prince Charles and his son Prince William paying personal tribute to the queen’s decades of service.

The nearly three-hour concert, watched on TV by the monarch from Windsor, came after two packed days of celebrations on Thursday and Friday, which were designated public holidays.

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Originally published as Sheeran to crown queen’s four-day jubilee party


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