Queen returns to centre stage on the final day of Jubilee celebrations

The royal standard had been raised above Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant celebrations on Sunday, meaning the Queen was in residence – and she didn’t disappoint, appearing on the balcony to the delight of fans.

A hologram of the Queen waving to the crowd through the window of the same Gold State Coach that took her to the Coronation almost 70 years ago had earlier opened the final day of celebrations in London for the jubilee.

The 260-year-old gilded carriage – not seen on the capital’s street for 20 years – was flanked by guardsmen on horseback and featured archival footage of the monarch.

The Queen appears on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and the Cambridges.Credit:AP

Around 10,000 people were involved, including a cast of 6,000 performers, on the final day of the jubilee weekend marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Guardsmen, Gurkhas, Royal Marines and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their breastplates and plumed feathers were among the hundreds of servicemen and women who led the way marching along the streets.

Millions of Britons gathered for patriotic street parties, picnics and barbecues on Sunday, with more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches being held across the United Kingdom.

The ambitious £15 million pageant was split into four acts: For Queen and Country with a military parade; The Time of Our Lives progressing through seven decades of culture, music and fashion; Let’s Celebrate telling the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters with corgi puppets and carnival creations; and the Happy and Glorious musical spectacle.

It included a cultural celebration of the second Elizabethan age, including a dazzling parade of 1950s cars and motorbikes, from Morris Minors to rockers.

They were followed by couples dancing the Lambeth Walk, and a colourful 1950s double-decker bus.
A peloton of 300 cyclists riding vintage bikes – led by Olympic cyclists Chris Hoy and Kadeena Cox – followed.

The Gold State Coach – complete with a hologram of the Queen – during Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant.Credit:Getty Images

Legendary British rocker Sir Cliff Richard and soprano Katherine Jenkins appeared atop an open-top bus on The Mall, while several Daleks – paying tribute to BBC sci-fi cult hit Dr Who lined up alongside dancers and old police cars with their lights flashing.

Fashionista Gok Wan and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal were among the famous faces representing the 2000s at the Platinum Jubilee pageant. The open-topped bus also featured Olympic gold medallists Sir Mo Farah and Dame Kelly Holmes.

One float featured Peppa Pig characters, Wallace and Gromit, Bob the Builder and the Teletubbies.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall were among royals standing up to watch the procession as the gilded coach made its way towards Buckingham Palace.

Prince William and his wife, Catherine and their children were also present in the box.

Images released on the couple’s Twitter account earlier showed Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis helping their mother in the kitchen. The caption read: “Baking cakes for the local community in Cardiff to enjoy at a Platinum Jubilee street party taking place today! We hope you like them!”

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