A fleet of stars honored by the Queen will appear at the Platinum Jubilee Parade in central London

Dames in Jags’: A fleet of stars honored by the Queen – including Joan Collins, Arlene Phillips and Twiggy – will appear at the Platinum Jubilee Parade in central London

  • They will join the women honored by the Queen on their journey in jaguars on June 5
  • Holly Willoughby, Shirley Ballas and Rick Stein will also participate in the parade
  • The fleet of cars will race through the mall in what is billed as a ‘people’s competition’

The platinum jubilee pageant will feature a fleet of ‘Dames in Jags’ in a parade through London to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

Ladies Joan Collins, Arlene Phillips and Lesley Lawson, better known as Twiggy, will join other women honored by the Queen as they travel in Jaguars through the mall as part of the ‘People’s Pageant’ on Sunday June 5.

The Mail on Sunday has learned that This Morning host Holly Willoughby, Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas and celebrity chef Rick Stein will also take part in the final section – or act – of the parade.

Entitled Happy and Glorious, it is presented as “a finale like no other”.

Organizers promise the Pageant will have “all the excitement and spectacle of an international parade and carnival – awe-inspiring and filled with wonder and delight”.

Sir Michael Lockett, co-chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We have around 150 national treasures and household names involved but we have been holding out for a long time. We spent a lot of time pushing them back, to be honest.

Dame Joan Collins (pictured) will join other women honored by the Queen as they travel in jaguars around the Mall as part of the ‘People’s Pageant’

Twiggy is another of the women who will take part in the parade in the mall on Sunday, June 5

Twiggy is another of the women who will take part in the parade in the mall on Sunday, June 5

“We wanted it to be the People’s Pageant, not just about known faces, because we have our celebrity and she is the most famous stateswoman in the world. The Queen served with more power and conviction than anyone.

“And the celebration will be magical because, let’s face it, there has never been a platinum jubilee before and there may never be again.”

The Jubilee Pageant will only be the eighth such contest in history.

The first was for George III in 1809, two were set for Queen Victoria during her Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 1887 and 1897, one for George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935 and this will be the fourth for the current queen.

Sir Michael Morpurgo, the children’s author, was hired to write the story of the Pageant, which was organized into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate and Happy and Glorious.

Huge puppets – including giant corgis – will parade along the nearly three kilometer route. Acrobats and BMXers will also perform along the way.

Giant television screens will be erected across the country for people to watch the Pageant, which is expected to attract around one billion viewers worldwide.

A spectacular six-minute flypast over Buckingham Palace will end the Queen's Birthday Parade on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2.

A spectacular six-minute flypast over Buckingham Palace will end the Queen’s Birthday Parade on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2.

The celebration will culminate with Ed Sheeran leading a solo finale.

Sir Michael, who previously worked on the Golden and Diamond Jubilee competitions in 2002 and 2012, said he hoped for better times this year than a decade ago when 670 boats sailed the Thames in a very cold and soggy show.

“Science and technology are of course much more advanced than ten years ago,” he said.

“But this parade is a lot trickier than the boats along the Thames because it all happens in a very small footprint.

“It’s like an Olympics opening ceremony in motion, and it’s an extremely complex operation to get everyone together at the right time without having a full dress rehearsal.

“It’s a live event, so it’s not an exact science, but in Britain we have the most creative event planners in the world, without a doubt.”

A magnificent flypast crowns the Queen’s birthday celebration

By Tali Fraser

A spectacular six-minute flypast over Buckingham Palace will end the Queen’s Birthday Parade on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

More than 70 aircraft from the RAF, Army and Royal Navy will follow the traditional parade through the Mall on June 2.

The display of three times as many planes as appeared in the Queen’s final birthday flypast in 2019 will include an aerobatic performance by the Red Arrows.

Helicopters and planes used in the evacuation of the British from Afghanistan, support for Ukraine in its war with Russia and during the pandemic will also be present.

The flypast will feature highlights of RAF history, including a display of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which operates Spitfires, Hurricanes and other historic aircraft.

Although the Queen’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace is unconfirmed, the number of royals will be reduced, excluding the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The flypast will follow the traditional Trooping The Color anniversary parade of 1,500 soldiers, 400 musicians and 250 horses from the Army Household Division on the Horse Guards Parade.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I am proud that the armed forces lead the nation in celebration.”

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