Ed Sheeran will crown the Queen’s four-day Jubilee party

British pop superstar Ed Sheeran was set to raise the curtain on Sunday on four days of momentous national celebrations to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s historic Platinum Jubilee.

The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter will perform in the finale of a one-day show praising the monarch’s record of 96 years over seven decades on the throne, at the end of a long weekend of festivities across the UK.

Sheeran is one of several ‘national treasures’ set to pay a ‘special tribute’ to the Queen against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace to mark the milestone never before achieved by a British sovereign.

Meanwhile, millions are expected to attend ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ picnics, including a world record attempt for the longest street party.

It remains unclear whether the Queen will make any in-person appearances at the pageant, having been forced to skip several Platinum Jubilee Celebration appearances due to mobility issues.

The four-day extravaganza began Thursday with the pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Color military parade to mark its official anniversary, followed by beacon lighting ceremonies across the country.

She made two public appearances in front of huge crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace that day, then launched the beacon lighting at Windsor Castle.

On Friday, the focus was on a traditional Church of England service of thanksgiving led by members of the royal family – and the return of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan – in the hallowed setting of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Then on Saturday, the tone turned more festive as Motown legend Diana Ross and Italian opera legend Andrea Bocelli led a “Platinum Party” outside Buckingham Palace.

– Spectacle –

Sunday’s “Platinum Jubilee Pageant” will begin with a military pageant celebrating Britain’s armed forces as well as personnel from many of the other 53 Commonwealth countries.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Band – the largest regular military band in the UK – will lead the Gold State Coach along a packed route to Buckingham Palace.

A cast of 10,000 will then stage a street performance showcasing popular culture over the seven decades of the Queen’s reign with music, dance, fashion, youth culture and classic cars.

Artists from street theatre, carnival and other genres will also join him in celebrating his extraordinary life.

Among the highlights, an aerial artist suspended under a vast helium balloon, called the heliosphere, bearing the effigy of the sovereign.

The carnival will feature a giant oak tree flanked by maypole dancers, a huge moving wedding cake echoing Bollywood hits, a towering dragon and three-story beasts.

The show will culminate with the singing of the UK national anthem, “God Save the Queen”, and the highly anticipated performance by Sheeran.

Earlier Sunday, up to 10 million people are expected to attend Big Jubilee Lunch picnics across the country.

More than 70,000 people had signed up to hold such picnics in villages, towns and cities, with families, neighbors and whole communities ready to come together to share food and drink.

More than 600 lunches are also planned across the Commonwealth and beyond, from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.

A flagship party with specially invited guests will take place at The Oval cricket ground in London.

– ‘Full circle’ –

Sheeran, 31, will close the platinum jubilee celebrations by singing her 2017 hit “Perfect.”

Ahead of his appearance, the ‘Shape of You’ singer-songwriter revealed that the 2002 ‘Party at the Palace’ to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee actually inspired his phenomenally successful music career.

On TV, he saw Eric Clapton perform his classic song “Layla” and decided “this is what I want to do,” he wrote on Instagram.

Sheeran went on to perform at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert 10 years ago.

“Life is weird how charmingly it comes full circle,” he added.

Her main performance will follow Saturday night’s ‘Platinum Party’, which featured an array of stars on stage outside Buckingham Palace, with Prince Charles and his son Prince William paying personal tribute to the Queen’s decades of service.

“You have pledged to serve for a lifetime – you continue to deliver,” Charles said in his poignant message to “Mum,” which he capped off with “three cheers to Her Majesty.”

The nearly three-hour concert, watched on TV by the Windsor monarch, came after two busy days of celebrations on Thursday and Friday, which have been designated public holidays.

Longer pub opening hours, various street parties and other events celebrating the Queen’s central place in the lives of most living Britons have been credited with temporarily lifting the gloom of a worsening cost of living crisis.

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