Gold State coach leads platinum jubilee with 1953 Queen portraits in windows

Gold State Coach will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant parade, evoking an image of a young queen waving from her windows on her coronation day using archive footage. The film, which was recorded on June 2, 1953, as the Queen travels on a bus on her coronation day, will be shown using advanced technology on the remodeled windows of an 18th-century stately carriage on the last day of festivities in June.

It will be the first time the 260-year-old and intricately decorated Gold State coach, built in 1762, has appeared on the streets of London in 20 years, since the Golden Jubilee. Made of gilded wood, a thin layer of gold leaf over wood, it is seven meters long, weighs four tons, and stands 3.6 meters tall. Because of its weight and suspension, it is only used at a rapid pace.

Led by eight horses, Windsor Gray, led by the Cavalry Division of the House of Cavalry, the Grand Carnival will conclude the spectacular Carnival Festival on Sunday 5 June as the procession travels along a 3 kilometer road. You will ring the bells of Westminster Abbey just as you did on Coronation Day.

Competition Master Adrian Evans said: “Everywhere you look, in the gold carvings and painted plaques, in the uniforms of Postillons, grooms, walkers, midwives, and guards, there is a long tradition and history. It will be a unique sight that we are fortunate to open the competition with that will set the tone for so many scenes. The next awe-inspiring.”

The coach, the UK’s third-oldest surviving coach, carries only the Sovereign, although he has previously competed in competitions without a stirrup. But the Queen, now 96, will not travel there during these jubilee festivities, with the film’s footage instead seeking to relive her coronation day 69 years ago.

For her coronation, the Queen used the bus to travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey and back. The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied her in the garb of an admiral of the fleet.

Royal Mews staff strapped a hot water bottle to the bottom of the seat, as the day was unusually cold and humid. The way back from the monastery was extended, allowing as many people as possible to see the Queen, now wearing the Imperial Crown.

The king left the monastery carrying an orb and sceptre, and inside the bus special supports were made for them. The procession took 45 minutes to pass any given point.

In jubilees 1977 and 2002, the Queen and Philip traveled by bus to the national Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral. The elaborate bus features, above each wheel, a massive triton in gilded walnut to represent the spread of the government’s good news, and the main body of gilded wood carved to represent the palm trees framing the doors and windows.



Gold State Coach at Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

The paintings include Roman gods and goddesses representing human skills and feature endeavors. These include the arts, sciences, virtue and security, and the harvest goddess Ceres who highlights weapons in a sign of peace and prosperity that overcomes war.

The front panel includes a figure of Britannia seated on the banks of the Thames, with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral visible in the city. On the roof there is a gilded woodcut of the British Imperial Crown held by three putti representing England, Scotland and Ireland.

More than 10,000 people take part in the ambitious competition kickoff, which will take to the streets in four seasons. A musical tribute led by Ed Sheeran, puppet dogs wreaking havoc along the mall and a massive 3D wire bust of the Queen will be part of the “once in a lifetime” experience.

Up to one billion people around the world are expected to watch the end of the televised Jubilee holiday.

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