On 5th June 2022, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant told the story of The Queen's 70-year reign and our transforming society. We commissioned artists and the communities they work with to interpret different chapters of this narrative in their own unique way, placing those communities and the work they created center stage, in a spectacular unfolding story filled with wonder, warmth, wit and wow-factor.

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Platinum Pageant

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant took place on Sunday 5th June 2022. It told the story of The Queen's 70-year reign and our transforming society. The Pageant was played out in four parts:

Act I: For Queen and Country
"For Queen and Country" was the opening act of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. It was a military spectacle and celebrated the UK Armed Forces from all three Services, along with military personnel from across the Commonwealth including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, and beyond. Read More

Act II: The Time of Our Lives
“The Time of Our Lives” was a vibrant display of British life since 1952, moving through a transformation of popular culture over the last 70 years. Read More

Act III: Let’s Celebrate
The third act of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, “Let’s Celebrate”, harnessed creativity, ingenuity, humour and community spirit. Read More

Act IV: Happy and Glorious.
A finale like no other formed around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, with all parts of the Pageant leading to the moment. Read More

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Leaving a lasting legacy

Since the outset of the creative process we have been committed to providing an enduring legacy.

To achieve this we engaged with social outreach partners to ensure that the Pageant reached communities throughout the country, Commonwealth and beyond. We worked with many different organisations to help ensure we delivered our vision and ambitions.

Leaving a legacy of creativity and celebration

The performance groups were selected for their unique perspectives, as well as their fantastic array of styles, sounds, colours and expressions. They come from diverse communities around the UK and together they represent the global community we are all a part of.

Many have returned to these communities after the Pageant. Homecoming processions in local areas and displays of the costumes, props and artworks that have been a part of the Pageant will be available for people to see. The bonds and networks established by these groups in preparation for the Pageant will live on far beyond the Pageant.

Inspiring, engaging and developing young people

Working with schools from the UK and Commonwealth, the Ideas Foundation is reaching over 1,000 children with their creative brief to create posters on the themes of community, kindness and a love for nature - a Commonwealth of Kindness. These models will be included in the curriculum and used by teachers with future students, with the work being displayed on digital platforms and billboards around the UK.

EDT Industrial Cadets challenged young people aged 11-16 from over 1,000 schools across the UK to showcase their ideas for a “Sustainable Street Party”. Students reflected upon sustainability considerations of food, materials, transport and energy. These real-life carbon reduction assignments will live on in future school projects so that more students can learn these vital skills.

100 young volunteers from the National Citizen Service will be supporting the Pageant and we have hired interns through Creative Access enabling people from communities under-represented in the creative industries to access careers, progress and reach leadership.

Ensuring an accessible and inclusive Pageant

Our work with Attitude Is Everything and Diversity Ally has enabled us to foster a safe and inclusive space for all.

Workshops ran by Attitude is Everything have proved vital support to the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. We’ve learned how to apply inclusive principles to our event where we can, ensuring anyone who wanted to can take part in, or view, the Pageant on 5th June could do so.

Reducing unnecessary waste

We are dedicated to minimising our material wastage. We have eliminated single use plastics where possible and for hard to recycle items we are working with ReFactory.

Every Can Counts were encouraging recycling of aluminium cans – their fantastic sculpture in St James’s Park was featured during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

To reduce energy consumption, not only will the Pageant floats use human and battery power, but the performance groups are ethically sourcing and reusing materials, many of which will have an afterlife beyond the 5th June.

Promoting positive climate actions

The team worked with suppliers, performers and partners to reduce emissions across the event. Feeding our several-thousand strong team and performers is a huge task! We prioritied a plant-based provision where we can, and any surplus food will be redistributed by Eighth Plate and City Harvest. We also supplied water refill points to eliminate the need for plastic water bottles.

Bikes are a big feature of the Pageant! We believe cycling is for everyone and are supporting Wheels for Wellbeing. We’re also encouraging all staff, performers and guests to travel by public transport or low carbon options whenever possible.

Leaving a greener event framework

A detailed sustainability and CO2 Analysis Report is being completed by A Greener Festival on behalf of the Pageant. Findings, recommendations and guidance has been shared post-event to encourage greener activities in the future.

Engaging the public in our sustainable legacy

Through Pinwheel, we invited the general public to support one of three projects that reflect the Pageant’s values of inclusive and accessible culture and the regeneration of land and biodiversity. We are supporting: The Queen’s Green Canopy, Wheels for Wellbeing and Save Me Trust.

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On the day

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant took place from 14.30 – 17.00 BST on Sunday 5th June 2022. The Pageant started on Whitehall, turned under Admiralty Arch and then processed up the Mall before finishing outside Buckingham Palace around the Queen Victoria Memorial.

Crowds lined the streets and parks of Central London, as well as celebrating with their own local street parties and the Pageant was available to view on BBC One, Sky and ITV (in the UK).

If you would like a reminder of all the fantastic stories around the Pageant, our digital programme is still available for download.  You can also download it from this QR code:

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The Pageant

Act I: For Queen and Country

“For Queen and Country” was the opening act of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. It was a military spectacle and celebrated the UK Armed Forces from all three Services, along with military personnel from across the Commonwealth including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, and beyond.

While thanking The Queen for her seventy years of service to her country and recognising her role of Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, the Pageant honored the service of the people, including the role of the military who play a fundamental part of the fabric of society.

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Act 2: The Time of our Lives

“The Time of Our Lives” was a vibrant display of British life since 1952, moving through a transformation of popular culture over the last 70 years.

With a cast of thousands, each decade was brought to life through the popular music and dance styles, fashion, youth culture and classic vehicles of the times.

Double-decker buses, wrapped in specially designed and custom-made graphics, reminded spectators of the most memorable and world-shaping moments from the last seventy years. The Pageant took audiences from post-war 1950s Britain with Lambeth Walkers and jivers, to the 1970s with northern soulies and glam rockers, all the way to the 1990s with acid ravers and Britpop power. Crossing into the new millennia, ‘The Time of Our Lives’ reflected the technological advances which have changed and impacted modern Britain over the last two decades.

This act featured 150 ‘national treasures’ including TV personalities, musicians, chefs, sportspeople, designer, and artists who have helped shape British culture of the last 70 years. These included Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, James Martin, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker and childhood favorites such as Basil Brush.

Image courtsey of vintagefestival.co.uk

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Act 3: Let’s Celebrate

The third act of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, “Let’s Celebrate”, harnessed creativity, ingenuity, humour and community spirit. It mashed street theatre, music-on-the-move, urban dance, and the very best of Carnival, May Day, Mela, Fiesta and Mardi Gras to celebrate The Queen’s extraordinary life experience. This act featured an outburst of performer groups from across the UK who all created their own unique pieces for the Pageant:

Trigger
Bristol-based Trigger is an independent arts organisation, who create events that put audiences at the centre of the action. A single dancer – a young woman with a flowing baton in hand, joyfully skipped, danced and played with an epic 21-foot-tall Hatchling dragon puppet, interacting with the crowds around them.

Shademakers
Based in the Isle of Wight, Shademakers brought a historic display to the Pageant. Elaborate costumed figures representing the Four Nations and The Queen’s Beasts took audiences back in time. During her coronation, The Queen walked past ten sculptures of heraldic beasts when entering Westminster Abbey and these were portrayed by knights on horseback.

Nutkhut
Founded in 2003 in London, Nutkhut creates imaginative, stunning performance and installation – reimagining the old and telling the new. A celebration of weddings from around the Commonwealth was interpreted in inter-generational Asian/Bollywood ‘mela’ style. A 4m cake took centre stage as maypole dancers in saris surrounded the scene.

Mahogany
Formed in 1989, Mahogany Carnival Arts is a group of artists based in Harlesden, London. They imagined the Coronation in Afro-Caribbean carnival-style. They roared down The Mall depicting The Queen’s ascension whilst on Royal tour in Kenya. Their piece featured an array of colourful costumes followed by a giant wire frame sculpture of The Queen.

Emergency Exit Arts & Mandinga Arts
This creative collaboration featured technical marvels from Emergency Exit Arts, live music from Rhythms of the City and Mandinga Arts' extraordinary carnival puppets and costumery. The centerpiece was a mighty oak and maypole, whose conjoined ribbons formed an image of The Queen. This celebration piece took pride in our country's attitude to diversity and LGBTQIA+ identities.

Bridgwater Carnival
Bridgwater Carnival, based in Somerset, is one of the largest illuminated carnival processions in Europe. For the first time ever, rival creatives from Britain’s oldest carnival tradition collaborated to interpret The Crown, Royal Heraldry, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Their performance was split into two Great British parts – Happy and Glorious. ‘Happy’ was a street dance parade with over 80 dancers depicting celebrations, jubilee parties and Royal Weddings whilst ‘Glorious’ featured a magnificent carnival float reflecting Royal Insignia, The Commonwealth and oomp and splendour.

Have Faith & Jeni Cairns
Have Faith and Jeni Cairns’ collaboration reflected The Queen’s commitment to religious diversity. Hundreds of children from nine primary schools across Greater London collaborated to build and parade paper and withy butterflies, with iconography representing the nine principal faith groups. The centerpiece was designed by Peterborough-based artist Jeni Cairns and featured a willow and steel structure of open hands, which offered up flowers and butterflies to depict the nine interfaith religions.

Global Grooves
Global Grooves wowed audiences with a colorful spectacle called A Sharing of Gifts. This presentation was a reflection of our global interdependence and a celebration of our shared heritage and identity. Global Grooves weaved together creative elements musical phrasing, and dance movements that told the story of today’s Greater Manchester, proudly sharing its story on the global stage.

Thames Festival, Kinetika Bloco & Oi Musica
200 dancers across 72 schools carried River of Hope flags under the expert direction of Mr Leon Hazlewood. The partnership project between the Thames Festival Trust and the British Council was built on an existing programme called Rivers of the World.

Kinetica Bloco are a charity music band based in London, which have been together for 22 years. They played music from Burna Boy to Alison Hinda, and Ezra Collective to Toast – all based around the theme of togetherness.

Dancers from Oi Musica, based in Edinburgh, were in full flow along the Pageant route, with their incredible Southern U.S Style 'souzaphones'. Their jazz-based street band provided audiences with toe tapping tunes and fantastic percussion.

Imagineer
A comic slant on Her Majesty’s love of horses and corgis featured in Imagineer’s section called ’The Queen’s Favourites.’ Rich with quirky British humor created by a Coventry-based outdoor arts organisation in collaboration with Midlands based artists and participants. A twenty-foot high puppet of Godiva led the procession, bringing with her gifts from Coventry, celebrating the ingenuity and industry of the West Midlands.

Cirque Bijou
Cirque Bijou’s large scale mobile stage was populated by a diverse and dynamic cast of world-class circus artists, street dancers and urban athletes. Working with young dancers from Tottenham-based street dance company Steppaz and with elaborate bespoke zero-waste costumes from award-winning London-based fashion house Teatum Jones, Cirque Bijou’s mobile circus structure was sustainably powered and showcased the talent of tomorrow.

Kinetika & Jeanefer Jean Charles
Essex-based Kinetika joined forces with a number of key workers from across the UK to celebrate their work over the last two years. They recognised and paid homage to those on the front line during the UK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Queen’s commitment to public service was celebrated through silk banners, and mass choreography involving key workers and their communities.

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Act 4: Happy and Glorious

A finale like no other formed around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, with all parts of the Pageant leading to the moment. It served as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ and the London Community Gospel Choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. Members of the viewing public were invited to become part of the performance, as they gathered around the Queen Victoria Memorial outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.

National treasures assembled from the world of the performing arts, entertainment, fashion, business and media, including Jeremy Irons, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan. Led by one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Ed Sheeran, together, it was an astounding opportunity to pay a special tribute to Her Majesty. Her Majesty then appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace along with three generations of The Royal Family, rounding off a spectacular Jubilee weekend.

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Our Partners

The Pageant was financed in its entirety by a combination of corporate partners, commercial businesses, royal warrant holders and generous individuals.

Over 16 major British brands and leading international companies from diverse sectors including retail, fashion, hospitality, culture, media and business came together to form a unique alliance in celebration of The Queen’s 70-year reign.

Each of these partners were united by a common focus to nurture the creative sector and honor Her Majesty, as well as belief in the Pageant’s values and its commitments to sustainability, diversity and inclusion and a unique celebration for the world in 2022.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was generously funded by a significant contribution from The Gosling Foundation, as a tribute to Her Majesty in memory of their Founder, the late Sir Donald Gosling. Find out more here.

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant is taking place on the streets of central London but we hope that people across the UK and around the world will come together and celebrate this historic moment in their own communities.

And we want you to get involved! We hope you’ll join us on this special day by hosting your own event in your local community.

To help with your planning we have put together this Pageant Pack. It’s full of ideas on what types of events or activities you could organise, a handy checklist to help you think of everything and even some suggestions on how to ensure your event can have a lasting impact.

We’re delighted to have the support of Lloyds Bank, bespoke partner for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, who will focus their support on helping communities celebrate the Pageant. Lloyds Bank will also be sharing the packs through their website.

DOWNLOAD THE PAGEANT PACK HERE

GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant is taking place on the streets of central London but we hope that people across the UK and around the world will come together and celebrate this historic moment in their own communities.

And we want you to get involved! We hope you’ll join us on this special day by hosting your own event in your local community.

To help with your planning we have put together this Pageant Pack. It’s full of ideas on what types of events or activities you could organise, a handy checklist to help you think of everything and even some suggestions on how to ensure your event can have a lasting impact.

We’re delighted to have the support of Lloyds Bank, bespoke partner for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, who will focus their support on helping communities celebrate the Pageant. Lloyds Bank will also be sharing the packs through their website.

DOWNLOAD THE PAGEANT PACK HERE

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Meet the Team

Sir Michael Lockett KVCO

Co-Chair

As Chairman of Audley, Sir Michael Lockett specialises in all the elements needed to build, enhance, protect and sustain a reputation.

Sir Nicholas Coleridge CBE

Co-Chair

Nicholas Coleridge CBE is Chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Chairman of the Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool.

Rosanna Machado

CEO

Rosanna has worked in the events industry for over 20 years, running high profile events including The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 and the G8 Summit in 2013.

Phoebe Reith

Director of Development & Partners

Phoebe devised and led on the delivery of private funding towards the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Adrian Evans

Pageant Master

Adrian is one of the UK’s leading festival directors and creative producers. In 2012 he was Pageant Master for The Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

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26 May 2022

Her Majesty The Queen: The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album

The only official book published for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant by St James’s House, featuring more than 250 beautiful images from throughout The Queen’s 70-year reign.

11 May 2022

Coming together for our future - public invited to influence the Platinum Jubilee Pageant’s legacy

As part of its legacy, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant’s is inviting members of the public to select projects in line with its vision, to find out about their work, support them directly, and contribute to a cleaner, greener UK. The projects are Save Me Trust, The Queen’s Green Canopy and Wheels for Wellbeing.

6 May 2022

The Gold State Coach finds new life in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Gold State Coach will appear as part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 5th June, 2022. It has been a splendid and beloved sight at royal coronations, jubilees, and events since it was built in 1762 and has not been seen on the streets of London for over 20 years.

26 April 2022

The Unveiling of ‘The People’s Pageant’

The team behind the creation of the historic Platinum Jubilee Pageant today revealed more information about the astounding spectacle which will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and surrounding streets on the afternoon of Sunday 5th June 2022.

6 April 2022

More Partners Announced To Support the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant today announced six more major international companies who have become partners of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

They join a host of other organisations which have come together to form a unique alliance in celebration of The Queen’s 70-year reign.

8 March 2022

Two official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Projects announced for children and young people

Children and young people from across the UK are being invited to create a ‘Commonwealth of Kindness’ with the Ideas Foundation and a ‘Sustainability Street Party’ with the Engineering Development Trust in two new initiatives to leave a lasting impact on their careers and communities.

15 February 2022

Celebrating, Viewing and Taking Part in The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant today announced the many different ways the public can get involved with the event. From a ballot to win tickets with Cadbury, the Lloyds Bank Pageant Packs filled with community ideas, to watching the Pageant on the BBC, there is something for everyone.

18 January 2022

Major British Brands Come Together To Support the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant announced the major household British brands, as well as leading international companies, who have become partners of this once-in-a-lifetime event. These partners represent diverse sectors including retail, fashion, hospitality, culture, media, travel and business.

2 June 2021

Buckingham Palace Announces Platinum Jubilee Pageant Plans with 1 Year To Go

A pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of The Queen’s reign, as well as honour the collective service of people and communities across the country.

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The footprints we Leave

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant was determined to leave a positive legacy and influence within communities home and away, as well as the events industry. PJP committed to minimise carbon emissions and waste throughout all operations:

  • Our total carbon footprint was 651.39 Tonnes CO2e and these carbon emissions were removed from the atmosphere using durable afforestation, soil carbon storage, cross-laminated timber for construction, high grade biochar, enhanced weathering and direct air capture.
  • We reduced our event production CO2 emissions by 25% through mitigation actions.
  • Mains power usage was used where possible and 100% renewable diesel (HVO - Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) was used in all event generators.
  • 2,600 meals were collected and donated via City Harvest.
  • 12,500 water bottles were avoided through reusable bottles and water refill usage.
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FAQs

Will the Pageant be broadcast on TV? If so what channel?

The Pageant will be broadcast live on BBC One on the 5th June. Keep following our social media channels for more information on timings

I can’t come to London to watch the Pageant. How else can I get involved?

There are numerous ways you can get involved in the Pageant. You can download our Pageant Packs filled with ideas on how to celebrate the event in your local community. Make sure you’re following our social media channels to find out more about plans for the Pageant and some of the amazing performances you’ll get to see on the day. There will also be many events and activities celebrating the Platinum Jubilee taking place near you. Use this map from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to find out what’s on. You can also submit details for your event, street party or other activity to be added to the map.

What else is happening across the Jubilee weekend?

There are lots of different events taking place across the Jubilee weekend. For more information visit http://www.platinumjubilee.gov.uk.

Why is the Platinum Jubilee Pageant taking place?

The Pageant, taking place on the 5th June 2022, has been created to bring a once-in- a- lifetime experience to millions of people, in celebration of The Queen’s 70-year reign as well as the collective service of our country and communities. More than 6,000 military personnel, performers, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of the seven decades in the awe-inspiring festival of creativity. Marking the reawakening of the creative sector and drawing on talent from every part of the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth, the Pageant will combine pomp and ceremony, street arts, theatre, music, circus and costumes.

What kind of Covid measures will be in place?

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will follow all the Government Covid-19 guidelines

Do I need a ticket to watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant?

You don’t need a ticket to watch the Pageant. The public viewing areas on Whitehall and the Mall are managed by DCMS and are not ticketed and open to the public. We recommend arriving early as the area will be busy. Please check the TFL website for information on travel and suggested routes.

What is the route of the Pageant?

The Pageant begins on Whitehall, goes through Admiralty Arch and then up The Mall. The finale will take place just outside Buckingham Palace around Queen Victoria Memorial.

What time does the Pageant start and finish?

The Pageant is due to start at 14:30 (BST) and finish at approximately 17:00 (BST)

What accessibility provision is there?

DCMS are managing the public areas. You can find out more about accessibility here.

The Pageant is also providing a visual and audio descriptive of the Pageant to assist in giving an overview of the sights and sounds of the Pageant and a fuller understanding of the spectacular performances for hearing and visually impaired people. You can download the guide here.

Where can I watch the Pageant?

In the UK you can watch the Pageant on TV on BBC, ITV and Sky on Sunday 5th June, along with all of the other Jubilee programming over the weekend.

If you’d like to watch the Pageant in person then head down to Whitehall or the Mall to watch the procession – these areas are managed by DCMS and are not ticketed. We recommend arriving early as the area will be busy. Please check the TFL website for information on travel and suggested routes.

Will there be screens along the Pageant route?

Screens broadcasting the Pageant will be placed in St James’s Park, along The Mall and along Whitehall. Find out more here.

Will there be screens outside of London?

Yes of course. In Edinburgh, screens will be placed in Princes Street Gardens. In Cardiff, a large screen will be placed in Bute Park. All screens in these locations are available for the public and will be showing the BBC’s broadcast of the Pageant.

Please bear in mind the big screen locations in London have limited capacity.

There will be other locations to watch the events locally. Around 60 local sites can be found on DCMS’s Events Map.

Will the Pageant be broadcast on TV?

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be broadcast on BBC, ITV and Sky on Sunday 5th June.

What time will the broadcast start and finish?

For more information on the BBC broadcast, visit their website here.

Which celebrities are attending or performing?

The Pageant will feature a host of national treasures, including TV personalities, musicians, chefs, sportspeople, designer, and artists who have helped shape British culture of the last 70 years. Some of those already announced include Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, James Martin, Jeremy Irons, Bill Bailey, Gok Wan, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker and childhood favourite Basil Brush. Find out more here.

Can I volunteer to help at the Pageant?

We’re proud to be working with NCS who are providing volunteers across the Pageant. Unfortunately, all volunteering opportunities are now closed. We thank you for your interest.

Can I perform or participate in the Pageant?

Unfortunately, all participation opportunities are now closed. We thank you for your interest.

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Thank You

To those who attended or were spectators of The Pageant on 5th June and worked with our initiatives across the UK and Commonwealth, we thank you for your support and hope you will remember the event for years to come.

We were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Thank you Ma’am

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