Today marks the final day of celebrations to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking the monarch’s landmark 70 years of service.
And to round off the bumper weekend of events, the Platinum Pageant was held on the Mall in London, with more than 10,000 people signed up to take part and the likes of Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis all in attendance.
The pageant started with a hologram of a young Queen during her 1953 coronation that was projected into the State Coach, but it was the moments after that captured the hearts of Brits watching at home – as a huge celebration of the last seven decades of life in Britain kicked off in style.
Love the royals? Sign up for the Mirror’s daily newsletter to get all the latest news on the Queen, Charles, Kate, Wills, Meghan, Harry and the rest of The Firm. Click here to sign up.
Seven vintage buses drove down the Mall with each representing a different decade from the 1950s through to the 2010s, along with a procession of Morris Minors, Land Rovers, and Vespas – and even an appearance from TV icon Basil Brush.
And people online were left in stitches by the “bonkers” event, which also included a troupe of dancers doing the famous Lambeth Walk, as well as a nod to Only Fools and Horses.
One person wrote on Twitter : “Just turned on the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. Love how bonkers and random some of this is.”
While another described the event as “spectacular”, as they said: “My era – the 1960’s bus in the Jubilee Pageant this afternoon. The whole thing is quite spectacular.”
Others were simply struck by how much culture Britain has to offer, as people from all walks of life came together to celebrate everything the country stands for.
Someone said: “Just look how much culture Britain has had to offer across the past 7 decades! We are the leading country for so much talent across so many arts. I’m glad we’re showing how much this county has offered the world across the 70 years!”
The event was also deeply nostalgic for some who took to social media to say they were watching the pageant while thinking about the memories they’d made in their own lives throughout the decades.
One person wrote: “Loving this Jubilee Pageant! So many memories…”
As another added: “Really enjoying the @Jubilee_Pageant – so many memories!”
And even those who aren’t as keen on the royal family found themselves getting involved in the Jubilee spirit, as one person noted that it was moving for them to watch the look on their grandparents’ faces as they watched the procession.
They said: “I’m against the idea of Monarchy but I’m currently watching my 93-year-old old Grandparents enjoying the Jubilee pageant and I feel happy for them seeing remnants of a Britain that doesn’t exist anymore.”
Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at [email protected] .