More than one million people are expected to cram into central London on Sunday afternoon during what is set to be the biggest event in the UK since the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
While crowds have already flocked to the capital in their droves, the biggest turnout is expected to line the near two-mile route of the grand finale – the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The Metropolitan Police would not comment on how many officers will be on duty, but i understands the figure will be between 10,000 and 15,000, with about 5,000 held back in the unlikely event of a serious incident.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to arrive in the capital by train or road and royal revellers are being urged to plan ahead if they intend to get to the route of the Jubilee Pageant on time for its 2.30pm start.
On the roads, St James’s Park will bear the brunt of closures, which will stretch down to Parliament Square, with a northbound closure on Millbank.
Where to watch the Jubilee Pageant
A map provided by Jubilee organisers show Sunday’s pageant beginning in Whitehall close to the Palace of Westminster.
The route will be similar to that travelled by the Queen on the occasion of her coronation in 1953, going from Whitehall and to Trafalgar Square, before turning left through Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace.
Ending at Buckingham Palace, the pageant’s finale will be a rendition of the national anthem and a performance by Ed Sheeran.
As a million-plus people are expected to line the route, some of the best vantage points to witness this day in history will be close to one of 15 big screens that are peppered along the near two-mile procession.
Most of the screens are also near toilet facilities, and some have first-aid stations for those attending the Platinum Jubilee finale.
For those wishing to avoid the crush of the crowds in The Mall, there are other public events showing the pageant on big screens outside London.
In Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh thousands of people will be able to have a picnic and watch the celebrations in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
Bute Park in the heart of Cardiff city centre will host another big screen broadcasting the action from the Platinum Jubilee Pageant and there will be entertainment from the bandstand.
Westminster will be more affected by the Platinum Pageant than the Party at the Palace, with Westminster Bridge also closed during the festivities.
The riverside stretch from Blackfriars, through Embankment and to Westminster will be closed from midnight on Thursday to midnight on Sunday.
Most London buses will be running as normal but may be delayed, diverted or stop short of their normal destination due to road closures.
Transport issues around Jubilee Pageant
Royal revellers are being urged to plan ahead if they intend to get to the route of the Jubilee Pageant on time for the 2.30pm start on Sunday.
Charing Cross will be closed from 3pm.
Westminster will be open for line changes only from 10am.
St James’s Park: closed from 1pm.
Hyde Park Corner will be open for exit only from 2pm until 4pm and fully closed from 4pm.
The Elizabeth Line will be running on Sunday, and no major overground stations closures are scheduled.
Transport for London are advising people do not attempt to drive in central London to get to the pageant.
Most London buses will be running as normal over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, but may be delayed, diverted or stop short of their normal destination, due to road closures for the celebrations.
St James’s Park will bear the brunt of closures and stretch down to Parliament Square, with a northbound closure on Millbank.
Westminster Bridge will also be closed during the festivities. The riverside stretch from Blackfriars, through Embankment and to Westminster will be closed from midnight on Thursday to midnight on Sunday.
There are also dozens of smaller road closures, due to street parties taking place.
Cyclists may also be affected by road closures. There will also be closures on several docking stations for Santander Cycles across the weekend.
On the London Underground, St James’s Park will be closed but this time from the earlier time of 1pm.
Hyde Park Corner will become an exit-only station between 2pm and 4pm. It will then be fully closed at 4pm for the rest of the day.
Finally, Westminster will be closed for entrance and exit, however, you will be able to change trains at the station.
What to expect from the Jubilee Pageant
At 2.30pm the Jubilee Pageant will begin and one of the stars of the show is expected to be the Gold State Coach, which will feature virtual images of the Queen in its windows.
A near two-mile long carnival procession will head along the route from Whitehall and along The Mall.
More than 10,000 people will be involved in staging the pageant, which will follow a route similar to the path taken by the Queen during her coronation in 1953.
Several “national treasures” are being billed as participants in the event, including Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, Alan Titchmarsh, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.
The event will be split into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate, and Happy and Glorious.
The For Queen and Country segment will feature a military parade with 1,750 people and 200 horses.
The Time of Our Lives will celebrate seven decades of culture, music and fashion. Daleks, Sinclair C5s and a fleet of iconic cars from James Bond films will have starring roles, as will celebrities who have been “pivotal to the British culture” including Sir Cliff and Dame Shirley.
The third act, Let’s Celebrate, will tell the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters, packed with references to the Queen’s love of corgis and horses.
During a homage to her 1953 coronation, a huge wire-framed bust of the monarch will also appear.
The final act, Happy and Glorious, will take place in front of the Palace and will feature the singing of the national anthem as well as a performance by Sheeran.
“The overground and tube trains will be heaving, as will the route of the pageant,” a police source told i.
Another concern is that after three days of exuberant celebrating, some people may be feeling worse for wear by the time Ed Sheeran, Shirley Bassey and many more stars begin waving at the crowds.
“By Sunday, some people are going to be tired and emotional,” said a security source. “We’ll certainly be looking out for people who may have had one to many, and for anything ‘disagreements’ that get a little out of hand.”