Members of the Royal Family have joined hundreds of thousands of spectators in central London as the Platinum Pageant brings the jubilee festivities to a close.
A near two-mile long carnival procession is heading along the route from Whitehall and along The Mall – with representatives from Commonwealth countries heading down the route, followed by Olympians including Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Jason and Dame Laura Kenney.
More than 10,000 people are involved in staging the pageant, which is following a route similar to the path taken by the Queen during her coronation in 1953.
Among the royals set to be in the Jubilee Pageant’s royal box are the Prince of Wales as well as the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
They were joined in the royal box by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
What to expect from the Jubilee Pageant
One of the stars of the show was expected to be the Gold State Coach, featuring virtual images of the Queen in its windows.
Several “national treasures” are taking part in the event, including Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, Alan Titchmarsh, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.
The event will be split 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.
The Time of Our Lives will celebrate seven decades of culture, music and fashion. Daleks, Sinclair C5s and a fleet of iconic cars from James Bond films will have starring roles, as will celebrities who have been “pivotal to the British culture” including Sir Cliff and Dame Shirley.
The third act, Let’s Celebrate, will tell the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters, packed with references to the Queen’s love of corgis and horses.
During a homage to her 1953 coronation, a huge wire-framed bust of the monarch will also appear.
The final act, Happy and Glorious, will take place in front of the Palace and will feature the singing of the national anthem as well as a performance by Sheeran.
One of the motorcyclists leading a fleet of classic bikes in the Jubilee parade said it was “brilliant” to be part of the festivities.
Barry Yarde, 66, from Brockley in south-east London, will ride his 1953 twin-engine Sunbeam S7 in the 1950s section of The Time Of Our Lives part of the pageant.
He told the PA news agency: “Whether you’re a royalist or not it makes no difference, just the celebration of 70 years I think is a brilliant thing to be part of.
“After two years of an absolute tough time for everybody, a gathering like this is just wonderful, watching everyone enjoying being out and being together, that’s important”.
He said he was not a royalist “in the true sense of the word”, but believes the Queen “has done a brilliant job”.
86-year-old Peter Biles, from High Barnet, also joined the motorbike parade on his 1952 Vincent twin-cylinder.
The octogenarian passed his test at the age of 16 and took up motorcycling in 1952, a year before the monarch’s coronation. He said it was a “privilege” to be part of the festivities a decade after he also took part in the Golden Jubilee.
He said: “In the one 10 years ago I couldn’t hear the engine running; the roar of the crowd was tremendous, I revved the throttle and still couldn’t hear the engine”.
Daniel Cullen, who is a member of a carnival club involved in the pageant, described how a group of rival clubs came together to create the float for the Jubilee.
A total of 15 carnival clubs from Somerset joined together to create the Bridgwater Carnival float.
Mr Cullen, 45, told PA: “There’s different people from different carnival clubs who have all worked together on this. We are rivals, but we’re friends.
“There’s people which we would have just said hello to and that’s about it, but now we’ve got to know them really well, we have a drink with them and become friends.”
Simon Male, 35, of the Harlequins Carnival Club, said the project has helped the different clubs all bond together.
“It’s been really good to be asked to get involved in this,” he said. “We compete in the whole circuit but it’s been really good working with so many people than what you normally do.
“It’s been brilliant working with other clubs. We’re learning different skills of how people do stuff, it’s a whole next experience and is a once in a lifetime.”