(London) British star Ed Sheeran will be the culmination of the celebrations of the 70 years of the reign of Elizabeth II in June, at the end of a historic parade in tribute to both the monarch and the diversity of the British people, announced Show organizers on Tuesday.
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The parade, one of those “once in a lifetime” according to the organizers, will take place on June 5 in the streets of London and will be the high point of the four days of festivities planned for the queen’s platinum wedding.
Launched to the sound of the bells from Westminster Abbey, the parade will stretch three kilometers to Buckingham Palace, where Ed Sheeran will pay a musical tribute to the 96-year-old monarch.
Described as a “national treasure” by organisers, the British singer said he was “proud to be part of the celebrations”.
A total of 10,000 soldiers, artists of all kinds and volunteers will participate in the event, broadcast on television around the world and which could be attended, according to estimates, by a billion people.
“It is unique. In all our history, we have never had the opportunity to celebrate 70 years of reign”, enthuses Adrian Evans, the “conductor” of the parade.
After having organized in 2012, on the occasion of the diamond jubilee, a great nautical parade on the Thames, he decided this year to return to dry land and put the public at the center of his “People’s Parade” which will pay tribute to seven decades of culture.
“I wanted to find a way that would allow everyone to participate, so that every community in the UK could play a part and take part in the celebrations in their own way,” he told AFP.
Air show, music of all styles, Street art, dance, street theater… “I created a parade that brings together different styles of artistic performances and celebrations. And together they tell the story of the Queen’s reign.
But will the monarch attend the parade dedicated to her? Will we see her on the balcony at the end of the parade, when the public must storm the enormous entrance esplanade to the palace and where the corgis, her favorite dogs, will be waiting for her?
“We are in contact with the royal house about the involvement of all members of the royal family. Details will be released in due course,” said show general manager Rosanna Machado.
Elizabeth II largely withdrew from public life due to mobility problems. Appearances of her have become exceedingly rare since a brief hospitalization in October, but in late March she attended a religious ceremony honoring Prince Philip, marking her return to the public after months of absence.