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A River of Hope is heading to London to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


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A celebration of hope with a focus on the future will take a starring role in the final part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Over 200 silk flags will be paraded through along the Mall as a ‘River of Hope’ as the Platinum Pageant comes to a close outside Buckingham Palace.

The flags will bear images designed by children and young people around the UK. They will be carried together to produce a river effect, flowing through the streets of central London.

A competition for schools is now open. The focus for designs is hope for the future with a spotlight on the environment and protecting the planet.

The winning designs will also be digitised to be shown on big screens around the UK as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

They will be a focal point of the Pageant which will see thousands of performers tell the story of The Queen’s reign through art, music and theatre. The event will also include key workers and volunteers.

The celebrations will involve people from across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Schools interested in taking part in the competition can find out more on the special website.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.