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Special role for Gold State Coach in Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Gold State Coach, used by The Queen at her Coronation, will take a starring role in this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Her Majesty rode through the streets of London in the coach for her Silver and Golden celebrations in 1977 and 2012 but as she marks 70 years on the throne, the carriage will convey images of her historic reign.

As it makes its way through the capital, footage of The Queen and her Coronation will be shown in its newly remodelled windows.

The coach will take the lead in the Platinum Pageant which will form the central part of celebrations on the final day of the Jubilee weekend.

As the pageant begins, the coach will ride at the head of the military procession. The bells of Westminster Abbey will ring out, as they did on Coronation Day, and the carriage, drawn by eight Windsor Grey horses will ride slowly through the streets of London.

Pageant Master, Adrian Evans, said ” It will be a unique spectacle, one that we are privileged to have opening the Pageant.” 

He added ””Everywhere you look, in the golden sculptures and painted panels, in the detail of the harnesses worn by the magnificent Windsor Grey horses, in the uniforms of the postilions, grooms, footmen, attendants and mounted guards, there is a wealth of rich tradition and history. ”

The Gold State Coach is part of the military parade which forms the opening section of the Pageant. It will be followed by ”The Time of our Lives” which will bring The Queen’s reign to life through vintage vehicles and clothes. Another segment will represent important parts of The Queen’s life and rule. The massive event, which will dominate the capital, also features buses for each decade of The Queen’s reign and some of the biggest and most popular stars in Britain.

The Platinum Pageant takes place on June 5th 2022.

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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 who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. 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.