London: Queen’s four-day anniversary is ‘biggest event ever’ held in the UK

A celebration marking the Queen's 70 years on the throne will be the 'largest ever' in Britain.

Her Majesty is Britain’s longest-serving monarch (Photos: Getty)

A celebration marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne will be the ‘largest ever’ in Britain.

The anniversary gala will be held on a bumper holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to 5 June.

As many as 6,500 artists are set to take part in Sunday’s finals, with predictions that say a billion people could tune in to see.

Competition co-chair Nicholas Coleridge said it would surpass Queen Victoria’s diamond anniversary celebrations in 1897 in its size and splendor.

A parade through central London will feature ‘huge sculptures the size of four-storey houses’, including a giant dragon doll.

People from all 54 Commonwealth countries will participate when the city comes alive with street theater from 17 different groups, marching bands and circus acts.

Coleridge, president of the Victoria and Albert Museum, promised events for all corners of the country, MailOnline reports.

He said: ‘It’s going to be the biggest thing ever taken on, bigger we even think it was put on for Queen Victoria.

LONDON - JUNE 04: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh drive past the mall in an open car on their way to watch a parade in celebration of the Golden Jubilee on June 4, 2002. (Photo by Anwar Hussein / Getty Pictures)

The Queen and Phillip drive along the mall in an open car on their way to see a parade to celebrate the Golden Jubilee on June 4, 2002 (Image: Getty)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Queen Elizabeth II at the launch of The Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, XXII Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021 in London, England.  The Queen and Earl of Wessex are the Patron and Deputy Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, respectively.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

Her Majesty during this week’s launch of The Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, XXII Commonwealth Games on October 7 (Image: UK Press / Getty)

‘Although the anniversary is based in London because it will be a parade that goes around the parks, through Westminster, under the Admiralty Arch, down the mall, past Buckingham Palace and up past Constitution Hill, it will not be London-centered.

‘Northeast, Northwest, Plymouth, every MP I talk to asks me if their own constituency will be represented.’

He added: ‘We have a mysterious celebrity singer that if I said that, the whole team would be so angry with me that I probably would never be able to go back to the office.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Maureen McLean / Shutterstock (12070016q) Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery ride along the Long Walk today for Trooping the Color at Windsor Castle to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's official birthday.  It is a scaled-down version due to the Covid -19 restrictions and restrictions for mass meetings Trooping the Color, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK - 12 June 2021

Kings’ Troop Royal Horse Artillery ride along Long Walk for Trooping the Color at Windsor Castle (Image: Shutterstock)

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A special ceremony in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to launch the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay (Image:

Rolls Royce Venues attend a Golden Jubilee Tribute Convention at Windsor Castle.  together with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen underwent a parade of vehicles as they staged a round of honors around the square at Windsor Castle.  * A selection of 200 cars showing the evolution of the prestigious selections from the earliest days was then shown to members of the public on the grounds of Frogmore House in nearby Windsor Home Park.

Rolls Royce oweners attend a Golden Jubilee tribute meeting at Windsor Castle (Photo: PA)

The £ 15 million event begins with Trooping the Color, which will be staged in its entirety for the first time since the pandemic, and a live Platinum Party at the Palace concert will be held at Buckingham Palace.

A Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday.

Lighthouses will be lit throughout the UK, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and overseas territories.

London skyline

City of London skyline (Image: Getty)

Communities across the country will be invited to sit together for a large anniversary lunch on Sunday with friends, family and neighbors.

It will be privately funded, organizers said, by a mix of business partners and individuals.

The actual date of her anniversary is February 6, 2022, when the festivities take place four months later.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 02: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on 2 October 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The ceremony that opened the new session of the relegated Scottish Government paid tribute ???  local heroes ???  from all over Scotland who have supported their communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)

The Queen attended the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on 2 October (Image: Getty)

The May holiday is moved to Thursday, June 2, and the extra holiday is Friday, June 3.

Coleridge said he hopes the festivities will strengthen people’s love for Britain.

He added: ‘The BBC believes it can be seen by approaching a billion people.

‘I suppose they might be exaggerating a bit, but it’s going to be huge because it’s going everywhere.

‘By the end of it, I hope we’ll feel recharged, highly patriotic and very much a nation when we all celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.’

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