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LONDON – During the long weekend of the royal festivities dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne, the British people will take center stage in at least one event.

More than 10,000 performers, including schoolchildren, community groups and military bands, are expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace on June 5 to complete a four-day celebration of the Queen’s platinum anniversary.

The event at the mall, a tree-lined road leading to the palace, will feature pop star Ed Sheeran, dancers, acrobats, vintage cars and images of the Queen’s favorite corgi and horses in performances highlighting changes in British society during Elizabeth’s long life. reign.

“It will be about how through the memories, stories and experiences we share, we can see how we are all connected in time with each other and with the Queen,” show director David Zolkver said on Tuesday.

Elizabeth, the monarch with the longest reign in British history, took the throne when she was 25 years old. Over the next seven decades Britain experienced the end of its empire, the Cold War, the economic tensions of the 1980s and the challenges of an increasingly multicultural society.

Now 96 years old, the queen, who has been constantly present in all this, remains a symbol of stability.

The jubilee competition seeks to mark this legacy with a spectacle that will begin with the ringing of the bells of Westminster Abbey, as on the day of Elizabeth’s coronation.

The first of the four “acts” will be a parade involving military bands and servicemen from Britain and the Commonwealth, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica and Sri Lanka.

About 2,500 volunteers are expected to take part in the second act, which will focus on creativity, dance, fashion and music during the Queen’s reign.

This part of the program will also feature 150 “national treasures” that have shaped British culture over the past 70 years, including singer Cliff Richard, chef Heston Blumenthal and gold medalists in figure skating Jane Torville and Christopher Dean.

The third chapter will celebrate the Queen’s reign and personal interests with whimsical British humor. The acts include a 20-foot young woman doll surrounded by a flock of mischievous corgi dolls.

The event will end in front of Buckingham Palace, where Sheeran will perform, and the public will be invited to join in singing “God Save the Queen.”

Organizers declined to comment on whether the monarch could be persuaded to appear on the balcony of the palace.

From 2 to 5 June, Britain celebrates the anniversary of the Queen.

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