Amazing Somerset Carnival Carriage ready for today’s Platinum Jubilee Competition

A special Somerset Carnival float will take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London this afternoon (Sunday June 5).

The unique ‘Jubilation’ cart has been invited to participate in today’s Platinum Jubilee Competition in London as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

The Platinum Jubilee competition will start at 2.30pm and will be broadcast on BBC One, ITV and Sky with live coverage on BBC iPlayer.

The event will pass through London and is expected to last over two hours. The route will start on Whitehall, turn under Admiralty Arch, then continue past The Mall before ending outside Buckingham Palace around the Queen Victoria Memorial.

According to organisers, the Pageant “will have all the excitement and spectacle of an international parade and carnival – awe-inspiring and filled with wonder and delight.”

“The competition will combine street art, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume to celebrate Her Majesty’s unwavering duty, her love of the natural world and her devotion to the Commonwealth.”

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant is divided into four acts, each celebrating the Queen’s reign:

Act 1: For Queen and Country: a military spectacle, celebrating the British armed forces of the three services, as well as military personnel from all over the Commonwealth, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica, Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

Act two: The time of our lives: an exhibition on the evolution of life since 1952 and the Queen’s 70 years as monarch.

Act 3: Let’s celebrate: this act will feature dances, carnival processions, installations and creative displays from arts organizations such as Trigger (from Bristol), Bridgwater (from Somerset) and Shademakers (from the Isle of Wight). Mahogany, from London, will also reimagine the coronation in an Afro-Caribbean carnival style.

Act 4: Happy and glorious: the finale at the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace. Here, icons from the worlds of music, comedy, film and art will pay homage to the Queen.

It comes as months of work on the carnival carriage has been completed, with around 200 carnivalists from 17 different Somerset carnival clubs involved.

Spectators at this autumn’s Burnham-On-Sea Carnival on November 7 and the other six Somerset Guy Fawkes Carnivals in Bridgwater, Weston, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury will also be able to view the carriage in all its glory.

Pictured: Work in progress on the special carnival trolley (Photos: Bridgwater Photographic Society / Brian Sweeting)