Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a grand jubilee lunch on the last day of the celebration of the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.
Millions of people across the UK take part in patriotic street parties, picnics and barbecues on the fourth day Platinum Jubilee weekend.
The monarchThe eldest son and Camilla joined about 500 other guests at the main feast at the Oval Cricket Ground in south London.
More than 85,000 “Big jubilee lunches”, sponsored by Camilla, are being held across the country – an initiative launched in 2009 to bring communities together. There were also about 16,000 street parties.
The Duchess of Cornwall joked that this time it was easier to cut the cake with a knife than at the previous event, where she was with the queen who had to cut the cake with a sword.
Camilla also revealed that 18 million people across the country today participate in big lunches and street parties.
Madeline Ratcliffe of Sky said: “It’s more than the organizers originally expected – the wet weather obviously doesn’t bother the celebration.”
Among those present at The Oval were 70 “platinum champions” from the Royal Voluntary Service and famous ambassadors for charity.
Guests saw a 20ft 3D recreation of a jubilee felt lunch made by artist Lucy Sparrow, which was shown before it was hung at the Grand Entrance to Buckingham Palace later this year.
It contains sandwich plates, quiche, new platinum pudding, trifles with lemon and amaretti, scotch eggs and fruit plates.
Meanwhile, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were to meet with the people creating the “Long Table” on the Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle.
This afternoon, a colorful street competition will take place in central London, with around 10,000 people, including a team of 6,000 performers.
The three-kilometer-long parade begins in front of the Palace of Westminster at 2:30 p.m.
The 96-year-old monarch will not participate in the election due to movement problems, but her archival recordings will be broadcast on the coach’s windows. And the royal fans will hope that he will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace later in the day.
The procession will head through Whitehall, before turning into Trafalgar Square and through the Admiralty Arch.
They will travel to the Queen Victoria Monument in front of Buckingham Palace, turning onto Birdcage Walk and along St James’s Park.
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What to expect during the competition
The selection will be divided into four acts: For the Queen and the Earth, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate and Happy and Glorious.
The first will include a military parade of 1,750 people and 200 horses – one of the greatest spectacles in British history – from the military, navy, RAF and Commonwealth.
The second act is “a vivid depiction of British life since 1972” and a celebration of culture, music and technology over the past 70 years.
The third part, Let’s Celebrate, will tell the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters, with a tribute to her corgis and her beloved horses.
The queen will be shown in her younger days with a 20-meter doll of a young princess surrounded by a pack of naughty corgi dolls.
It will also feature a 21-foot puppet dragon with a wingspan as wide as the Mall, while its purple-and-white crown uniform will be recreated by 80 dancers with “baiana” spinning.
The final act will take place in front of the palace around the Queen Victoria Memorial.
Citizens will be invited to join in and sing the national anthem, led by the Gospel Choir and Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band.
Which celebrities will play?
Ed Sheeran will end the celebration with a musical dedication around 5 p.m.
Sheeran wrote on Instagram that past celebrations have inspired his music career, saying: “Twenty years ago I decided to take the guitar because I watched the Golden Jubilee on television, saw Eric Clapton play Layla and said ‘that’s what I want to do’ .
“Ten years later, I played with the A team at the Diamond Jubilee, and now, 10 years later, I am playing at the Platinum Jubilee this week.
“Life is weird spinning full circle in wonderful ways. Get involved on Sunday and see you there x.”
Other celebrities involved include Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, Heston Blumenthal, James Martin, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.