Festivities over the extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 will include the Trooping The Colour, a ‘great lunch’ led by the Lord Mayor of London, ‘the Queen lighting bonfires’ and a BBC concert, Mr Coleridge said.
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Coleridge focused on what the pageant – with a budget of between £10 million and £15 million – will involve.
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 in .
‘That was pretty large, this is larger. It’s going to have 6,500 people taking part in it.’
The original Queen waxwork was first installed in Blackpool in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign, receiving a £150,000 makeover (seen here)
Royal makeover: A sculptor gives the finishing touches to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee waxwork which was originally unveiled in 2012
Next year’s Platinum Jubilee pageant will be the ‘largest ever put on’, organisers say – even topping events held in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s diamond milestone. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II (second from left) with children on October 1 at the start of the official planting season for the Queen’s Green Canopy – part of the Platinum Jubilee initiative
Mr Coleridge said he hopes the pageant will ‘try and cheer up the country’ following the Covid pandemic.
He added: ‘At the same time, and massively importantly, we’re going to make sure whilst the Jubilee is based on London because it’s going to be a procession that goes around the parks, through Westminster, under Admiralty Arch, down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill, it’s not going to be London-centric.’
He went on: ‘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.
‘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.’
Victoria & Albert Museum chairman Nicholas Coleridge (pictured left in 2019), who is co-chairing the pageant, said 6,500 performers would take part in the final day of celebrations in June [File photo]