Ed Sheeran is set to play an integral role in Queen Elizabeth‘s upcoming Platinum Jubilee.
The singer will lead the musical tribute taking place during the four-day-long celebration taking place starting on June 2 to celebrate the monarch’s history-making 70 years on the throne. Sheeran is scheduled to put on a concert outside Buckingham Palace on the Sunday of the festivities during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, the grand finale carnival that will feature appearance and performances by various British icons from music, film, sport and the arts.
While organizers have revealed that the event will be called the “People’s Pageant,” they’re keeping the rest of the details, aside from Sheeran’s involvement, totally under wraps. The pageant’s director, David Zolkwer, explained at a press conference in London on Tuesday, “I’m going to say wait and see. We’re not wanting to keep secrets, but we are trying to hold back surprises for the day.” And Sheeran added in a statement following the announcement, “I am looking forward to performing at The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in June. I’m proud to be part of the celebration and it’s going to be a great opportunity to bring everyone together.”
The People’s Pageant is just one of many exciting events set to transpire this summer in honor of the queen’s seven decades of service. To kick off the royal festivities, 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians will gather for the traditional Trooping the Colour parade. That will be followed by the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee beacons throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories, and, for the first time ever, in the capital cities of Commonwealth countries. On Friday, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and on Saturday the monarch and royal family will attend Derby at Epsom Downs. And the long weekend will also conclude with The Platinum Jubilee Pageant which will feature over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and “combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as honoring the collective service of people and communities across the country.”
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