How a Peterborough artist contributes to the finals of the anniversary competition
Peterborough artist Jeni Cairns will have a role in the Jubilee competition – here is the synopsis of the performances that will be staged on Sunday 5th June as the grand finale of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend:
– ACT I: FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY
The pageant begins with the ringing of Westminster Abbey’s bells, as they did on the Queen’s coronation day.
A military parade follows with all three services – the Army, the RAF and the Royal Navy – and includes the Household Cavalry, Life Guards, Blues and Royals and the Royal Marines as well as mass bands and whistlers.
With 1,750 people and 200 horses, organizers say it will be one of the largest military spectacles in modern history.
Staff from across the Commonwealth including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica and Sri Lanka will be attending.
The bill thanks the Queen for her role as head of the armed forces and honors the military, particularly the support it has offered in launching the Covid vaccine.
– ACT II: THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
The nostalgic celebration through the ages will explore seven decades of music, fashion, trends, fads and culture from 1952 to 2022 – with a cast of 2,500 spectators – the oldest being 99 years old.
Lambeth Walkers, Jivers, Hippies, Teddy Boys, Mods, Glam Rockers, Punks, New Romantics, Ravers, Britpoppers, Junglists and Breakbeaters and other “tribes” will take to the streets in the segment led by designer Wayne Hemingway.
Some 150 ‘national treasures’ – musicians, chefs, television personalities, athletes and artists who have been crucial to culture over the past 70 years – will join a 1.5km ‘river of time’.
Sir Cliff Richard, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Jeremy Irons, Heston Blumenthal, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lineker are among those confirmed.
Eleven-year-old drummer phenomenon Nandi Bushell, whose online performances have made her a social media star, will feature prominently as one of the “icons of the future”.
Five hundred vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles will be on display, as well as Daleks, Sinclair C5s, James Bond cars and an open top double decker bus wrapped in period graphics.
– ACT III – LET’S CELEBRATE
A series of 12 chapters will tell the story of the Queen’s reign and her likes and loves.
Chapter One: The Princess and the Dragon
A giant puppet dragon the size of a double-decker bus with a wingspan the width of The Mall will meet a young dancing princess who represents “the innocence of the princess against a power and wisdom”.
The 6.5-meter (21.3-foot) female dragon known as The Hatchling, created by Bristol-based art group Trigger, will be the largest-ever fully human-operated puppet, with a team of more than 18 puppeteers.
Chapter Two: The Queen’s Beasts
A menagerie of farm animals and mythical creatures will parade, representing the four nations of the United Kingdom – Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland – with the Queen’s Beasts.
Among the costumes are lions, unicorns, a dragon, peacocks, swans, chickens, pigs, sheep and a snake.
Performers aged 12 to 70 will participate in the Shademakers of the Isle of Wight segment.
Chapter Three: The Wedding Party
This Bollywood version of Princess Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh features a giant four-tier wedding cake inspired by the Queen and Philip, ‘baked’ by acrobatic chefs en route.
Bollywood dancers wear special platinum sarees in the set by Birmingham-based arts organization Nukhut.
The cake will house a sound system playing a medley of Bollywood tunes and rickshaws will also be playing music.
Fourth Chapter: The Coronation
An Afro-Caribbean carnival rendition of the Queen’s coronation of Brent-based Mahogany Carnival Arts in 1953 imagines the animal kingdom’s reaction to Princess Elizabeth’s accession to the throne during a safari in Kenya.
A giant wire-framed bust of the monarch will appear, followed by 80 dancers dressed in purple and white to create a bird’s-eye view of her coronation robe.
The bust is flanked by whirling ‘Baianas’ and older members of the community riding on mobility scooters that have been converted into ‘Flamingos’.
Drummers lead the procession, followed by a variety of animal costumes, including elephants and giraffes.
Clary Salandy and Carl Gabriel, two of Notting Hill Carnival’s key artists, designed the chapter and it features 300 costumes made by members of the Haringey community, some of which will be dedicated to family members lost to Covid.
Chapter Five: Of Tiny Acorns
The centerpiece is a giant oak tree with a 12-metre high maypole rising from the branches while maypole dancers weave in and out ribbons to form an image of the Queen, showing the spirit and longevity of the Queen’s reign.
Thirty older women from Clapham and Preston dubbed the “Gangsta Grannies” will dance as Baianas to hits like “I Feel Good.”
The four nations are represented by flora and fauna with large puppets, including a Tongan lion, dragonfish, seahorses and tropical frogs, and a floral ‘pineapple queen’.
Chapter Six: Happy and Glorious
Bridgwater’s Guy Fawkes Carnival in Somerset puts on a 100ft carnival float display of anniversary street parties and celebrations with references to Beefeaters, Crowns and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Around 2,000 volunteers work together to celebrate the traditional British carnival.
Chapter Seven: Have Faith
A wicker and steel sculpture by Peterborough-based sculptor Jeni Cairns, with open hands depicting flowers and butterflies, represents the nine interfaith religions and heralds the Queen’s commitment to religious diversity.
Children who have made painted lanterns continue with their families.
Chapter Eight: Sharing Gifts
The monarch’s cultural exchanges, gifts and friendships are celebrated with a carnival queen played by drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous, who is presented with flags by giant puppets and flag bearers to form an elaborate costume.
Commonwealth ties are highlighted with cotton and silk print costumes with a focus on Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and Manchester in the Manchester section of Global Grooves.
Chapter 9: River of Hope
Two hundred designs by schoolchildren from across the Commonwealth are made into flags and danced in a ‘River of Hope’.
The element celebrates the Queen’s appreciation for nature and the youth’s hopes for a greener future.
Chapter Ten: The Queen’s Favorites
A 20ft tall puppet of a young Princess Elizabeth, carefree and barefoot and surrounded by a pack of mischievous puppet corgis who cause comical ‘mayhem’ around The Mall, leads a playful procession depicting the Queen’s favorite things amid quirky British humour.
There will also be depictions of the Queen’s beloved child pony, Peggy, and her favorite horses, including Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner, Estimate.
A pedal-operated crown that rises and falls and a nod to the late Prince Philip with performers waving pennants depicting his award program and costumes referencing his naval service are also included in the Coventry arts organization Imagineer chapter .
Chapter Eleven: Unity
On a large mobile stage featuring a diverse cast of circus performers with and without disabilities, street dancers and urban athletes, an aerial performer will float beneath a giant helium balloon bearing an image of the Queen.
BMX stunt cyclists jump onto moving Land Rovers and performers perform stunts against a trampoline wall.
There will be live music by a star DJ, hip-hop dancers and performances by the Paralympic rugby and basketball teams on the set of Bristol’s Cirque Bijou.
Chapter Twelve: The Thanksgiving Dance
Key employees will be featured with six-metre-tall hand-painted scrolls showing the roles they have played in the Service Highlight Section during the pandemic.
The outfits each feature part of the blue tone of the NHS logo and a thank you is displayed in different languages in the NHS font.
A royal protagonist wearing a dress and train printed with 70 endangered species from across the Commonwealth will also make an appearance.
– ACT IV: HAPPY AND GLORIOUS
A musical finale takes place around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, where the national anthem is played and nearby audiences are invited to be part of the performance.
Ed Sheeran will lead a special tribute to the Queen, with royals most likely watching from the balcony and the pop star joined by other stars and performers.