Wednesday, 22 September 2021
It's been announced that, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, a very special event will take place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 12-15 May.
The Platinum Jubilee Celebration will see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of spellbinding arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays from the Commonwealth and Europe, our own Armed Forces, dancers and global equestrian displays. Performed live to an audience of over 5,000 on each of the four nights, the event will also be broadcast to the nation on Sunday 15 May by ITV and the ITV Hub.
The show takes place in the same arena used by Royal Windsor Horse Show during the day and is the fourth in a series of events at the same venue that have marked significant moments in the life of HM The Queen. These include The Golden Jubilee Pageant, The Diamond Jubilee Pageant and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, which won a BAFTA for the Best Live Event in 2016.
The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day. With moments of humour, great theatricality, pomp and pageantry, this will be a spectacle like none other. Leading the narrative will be ‘The Queen’s Players’, a group of actors and artists especially brought together for the event and based on the travelling players of the Elizabethan period. With some of the UK’s greatest performers a part of the troupe, the audience will be in safe hands as the show unfurls. Music will be arranged and composed for the National Symphony Orchestra by Debbie Wiseman OBE, who has topped the Classical Charts with her recently released album “Kings and Queens”.
Simon Brooks-Ward, the Celebration’s Director and Producer said: "Without giving too much away at this early stage, we have secured some of the best equestrian, military and musical displays from here and around the world to feature in this huge production. We are also very excited by The Queen’s Players and have had indications of commitment from some great names, that we will release in the near future."
Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV said: "It is a real honour to be the home of this Platinum Jubilee Celebration as we bring this unique production to ITV and ITV Hub. We know the audience is going to see something very special as we host what is certain to be a memorable gala event."
In 2016, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration raised £1.2 million for military, Commonwealth and equestrian charities, patronised by Her Majesty. It is the intention to surpass this figure in 2022.
Tickets are on sale, with further information available at www.platinumjubilee.com.