Royal expert 'doesn't expect the Queen will appear' for Platinum Jubilee pageant

The former press secretary to Her Majesty, Dickie Arbiter said it would be a 'great surprise' if she appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony

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A royal expert has said he “doesn’t expect” the Queen to appear for the Platinum Jubilee pageant.

The Jubilee celebrations will draw to a close with a colourful street pageant which royal revellers hoping to capture a sight of Her Majesty.

While it remains unclear whether the Queen will appear on the final day of celebrations to mark her 70 years of reign, the former press secretary to Her Majesty, Dickie Arbiter doesn’t expect it to happen.

Dickie Arbiter
Dickie Arbiter
The Queen emerged onto the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour
The Queen emerged onto the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour

Speaking to Alastair Stewart from GB News’ Jubilee Party, Mr Arbiter said: “There’s a lot of expectation that she might appear on the balcony at the end of the day, but that’s a decision that will happen at the last moment

“I don’t expect it, but if it does happen it is a great surprise.”

The ambitious £15 million pageant is split into four acts: For Queen and Country with a military parade; The Time of Our Lives progressing through seven decades of culture, music and fashion; Let’s Celebrate telling the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters with corgi puppets and carnival creations; and the Happy and Glorious musical spectacle.

Celebrities will travel in decorated open top double decker buses for the decade-by-decade celebrations.

Among the sights will be the Gold State Coach which will feature archival footage of the Queen broadcast at the windows, making it seem as if the monarch is in the carriage.

A peloton of 300 cyclists, riding vintage bikes from across the seven decades of the Queen’s reign, is to travel down The Mall led by Sir Chris Hoy and cycling golden couple Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny.

Close to 200 national treasures will take to the stage to serenade the Queen by singing the national anthem at the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee festivities.

Stars including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw, Felicity Kendal, Joe Wicks and Holly Willoughby will join Ed Sheeran in a mass rendition of God Save The Queen outside Buckingham Palace at the end of the pageant.