Celebration as the World comes to Windsor

Celebration as the World comes to Windsor

Justin Burns

Celebration as the World comes to Windsor

The Queen's 60 years on the throne and 250 Commonwealth and state visits were brought to life as the world came to Windsor.

The Diamond Jubilee Pageant extravaganza took place in the grounds of a glistening Windsor Castle from Thursday to Sunday.

More than 550 horses, 1,000 dancers, and musicians and performers from 18 countries paid tribute to Her Majesty's reign during a magical theatrical journey.

The World Comes to Windsor celebrated visits in a two-hour equestrian and dancing performance, alongside footage from her trips that were beamed on huge screens.

Television presenter Alan Titchmarsh introduced acts on the 45 metre Buckingham Palace-style stage along with Martin Clunes, Dame Helen Mirren, The Kumars' Sanjeev Bhaskar and comedian Omid Djalili.

The Queen, wearing a cream coat, and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in a horse-drawn Landau carriage pulled by four Windsor Greys.

Four Canadian Mounties saluted her as she left her carriage and made her way to the royal box to watch the proceedings.

Her Majesty was joined by The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent for the glamorous event.

They were first treated by the mesmerising Inuits from Canada, and Huasos from Chile in the America's section.

Her numerous Australasian trips were then narrated by Australian entertainer Rolf Harris who also sang one of his outback hits and performed with his famed wobble board.

These included the New Zealand Maori Te Arawa performers who performed the kapa haka, and an activity ride by the New South Wales Mounted Police.

Asian and Middle East visits were celebrated with various displays that included by the Indian President's Bodyguards, and more than 100 riders from the Royal Cavalry of Oman.

The show moved away from horses in the African section as tribes and choirs sang their hearts out, and finished with a performance of Disney's Lion King song 'He Lives in You'.

Her trips to Europe saw classical maestros II Divo perform before the 90 horses and riders from the Carousel of the Carabiniere from Italy put on a medieval display.

They were followed by Frenchman Jean Francois Pignon who demonstrated his skilled horsemanship, that drew smiles and amazement.

The acrobatic Russian Cossaks from the Kremlin Equestrian Riding School then flipped, and somersaulted on galloping horses - drawing gasps from the 4,000 crowd.

A grand finale to the four days saw Grammy-nominated singer Susan Boyle perform before the Queens' passion for horse racing was celebrated as her horses were rode by famous jockeys.

Performers then recreated the 1953 coronation, national flags were raised and the national anthem reverberated around the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The pageant was a magical night with all the pomp and grandeur befitting of Her Majesty's 60 years as head of state.

The event will be broadcasted at the start of June on ITV1 during the diamond jubilee celebrations.

See this week's Windsor Express for more.


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