The Queen’s Jubilee weekend has arrived and the country is celebrating 70 years of her reign.
Among the festivities is the highly anticipated Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will chronicle the Queen’s life and achievements.
Here’s everything you need to know about when and where things will happen.
What is the Platinum Jubilee Competition?
On Sunday June 5, the Jubilee Pageant will be held in central London, with a 3km long carnival procession that will descend The Mall and pass Buckingham Palace. This event is open to the public and reservations are not required.
More than 10,000 people will take part in staging the show on the afternoon of Sunday, June 5.
It will take place against the backdrop of the palace and the surrounding streets, along a 3 km route similar to the path taken by the Queen during her coronation.
Organizers say it will attract hundreds of millions of viewers around the world, like an Olympics opening ceremony.
Several “national treasures” are announced as participants in the event. The star roster remains under wraps, but Ed Sheeran will appear on stage to lead a special tribute and the Spice Girls have indicated they won’t appear.
Other celebrities confirmed to appear including Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, Heston Blumenthal, James Martin, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.
The event will be divided into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate and Happy and Glorious.
The For Queen and Country segment will feature a military parade with 1,750 people and 200 horses – one of the greatest military spectacles in modern history, organizers say.
The Time of Our Lives will celebrate seven decades of culture, music and fashion with Lambeth walkers, jivers, hippies, teddy boys, mods, glam rockers, punks, new romantics, ravers, Britpoppers, junglists and breakbeaters.
Daleks, Sinclair C5 and a fleet of iconic cars from 1960s James Bond films will have starring roles, as will celebrities who have been “pivotals of British culture”, including Sir Cliff and Dame Shirley.
The third act, Let’s Celebrate, will tell the Queen’s life story in 12 chapters, filled with references to the Queen’s love of corgis and horses.
One section will see elite BMX stuntmen jump on moving Land Rovers, while another will feature the Paralympic rugby and basketball teams, as well as disabled and able-bodied performers from Bristol Cirque Bijou.
During a tribute at her 1953 coronation, a huge wire bust of the monarch will appear.
This rendition of the coronation in Afro-Caribbean carnival style, by Brent-based Mahogany Carnival Arts, imagines the animal kingdom’s response to Princess Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952, while on safari in Kenya.
The Queen’s 1947 marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, will be highlighted with a giant four-tier wedding cake prepared by acrobatic cooks on the go, during a performance by Birmingham-based group Nutkhut .
The final act, Happy and Glorious, will take place outside the Palace and will feature the singing of the national anthem as well as a performance by Sheeran.
Where will the contest go?
A map has been released which reveals the route and the best places to watch the Pageant.
How can I watch?
The Platinum Jubilee Contest will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5.
It will last about two hours and will end around 5 p.m.
If you want to catch it in person, you can follow the schedule announced on the official website.
It says: ‘The competition will start on Whitehall, wind under Admiralty Arch and then process through the Mall before finishing outside Buckingham Palace around the Queen Victoria Memorial.’
Tickets are not necessary.
If you can’t make it to the event in person, you can tune in on TV.
It will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with coverage starting at 1pm.
Which roads are closed in London?
Road closures and route changes on public transport are expected during the four-day holiday this weekend.
Central London will be full of street parties and events, so it is recommended to avoid crossing the capital if possible. Alternative routes should be planned to avoid traffic jams.
Street parties are planned in every borough, and many road closures have already been confirmed by individual councils.
You can check which roads will be closed using this Street Works UK traffic map to plan your route accordingly.
What are the other weekend events?
You can search for all the best London events on the official Queen’s Platinum Jubilee website, including community street parties, picnics, concerts and exhibitions.
If you’re planning your own Big Jubilee Lunch, you can add your own details to the interactive map so others can join in the festivities.
Next Door also has an interactive map that lets you know what celebrations are happening in your local community.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade – Trooping the Color – will take place in central London on Thursday June 2.
The parade, comprising more than 1,500 officers and soldiers as well as 250 horses, will start at Buckingham Palace and wind through the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, with the Royals on horseback and in carriages.
The show is free and will be broadcast live on BBC One.
The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace will take place on Saturday 4 June. This event is open to the public but reservations are required and the ticket raffle is now closed. The event will also be broadcast live on BBC One.