Platinum Jubilee

Armed Forces played key role in Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The British Armed Forces led the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London on Sunday.

The Pageant was the final event of the four-day celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee.

Around 1,800 regular and reserve personnel from all three services, as well as musicians from the Armed Forces bands took part in the event.

"It has been exciting and such a special day, being a part of something that could potentially never happen again," Able Rate Olivia Gray, a member of the Royal Navy ceremonial guard, said.

The pageant was 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.

British Army musicians from across the service also came together providing music along the pageant route.

The performance featured the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Band, British Army Band Sandhurst, British Army Band Colchester, The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and The Pipes and Drums of the 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Personnel from across the RAF also formed marching detachments as part of the parade which included representatives from the RAF Regiment and RAF Marham, who were accompanied by 112 musicians from The Combined Bands of the RAF.

"It’s a great honour to have represented the Royal Air Force in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, helping to tell the story of her remarkable 70-year reign," member of the RAF marching detachment, Squadron Leader Derek Read said.

Personnel from across the Commonwealth took part in the parade, with representatives from 21 countries attending the event.

On Sunday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he is "proud" of the "many contributions" made by the Armed Forces over the Jubilee weekend.