In pictures: Platinum Jubilee pageant closes epic four-day celebration of Queen's 70-year reign

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Crowds are seen on The Mall with Queen Elizabeth II shown on a screen during the singing of the National Anthem at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant concluded with a rendition of the National Anthem and a surprise appearance from The Queen. (PA)

Nationwide celebrations of The Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee closed with a spectacular Platinum Pageant in London - along with an appearance from the monarch herself.

Tens of thousands of people gathered on The Mall hoping to see the Queen as four days of festivities drew to a close following the pageant.

The pageant was split into four acts, telling the story of the Queen's life, and included a feast for the eyes from the Gold State Coach with archive footage of the Queen projected onto the windows to a peloton of 300 cyclists led by Sir Chris Joy and Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny.

The colourful carnival-style event culminated with a surprise appearance from The Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside other senior royals.

During her brief appearance, a choir of close to 200 national treasures including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal serenaded the monarch by singing the national anthem at the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee festivities.

The spectacle marked the closing of four days of Bank Holiday celebrations across the country to mark the 70-year reign of the country’s longest-serving monarch which the Prince of Wales said had fostered a spirit of camaraderie and "togetherness".

The Queen had made an appearance on the first day of the national celebrations but later withdrew from some others, with the Duchess of Cambridge later revealing she had found it enjoyable but tiring.

Her surprise appearance thrilled crowds who packed onto The Mall for the historic occasion, with many saying it was the highlight of a weekend that included a RAF flypast as well as a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace featuring some of the UK's biggest stars.

Spectators wait on the Mall, ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Spectators wait on The Mall ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Dancers during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant featured a carnival-like atmosphere as it closed the celebrations. (PA)
People pose for selfies on the Mall, ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
People pose for selfies on The Mall ahead of the start of the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer among the guests at the Platinum Jubilee pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. (PA)
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Baga Chipz during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Baga Chipz was among those to appear at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (PA)
Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Scenes on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Scenes on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. (PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis join Mike Tindall and Mia Tindall during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis join Mike Tindall and Mia Tindall during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Soldiers parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Soldiers parade during the pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. (PA)
The Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The Prince of Wales watches on during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Drivers with Morris Minors during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Drivers with Morris Minors during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
A float during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The pageant featured impressive floats inspired by moments during the Queen's reign. (PA)
The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and the Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Crowds were thrilled by the surprise appearance of the Queen alongside other royals. (PA)
The 80's decade dancers on the Mall during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Among the pageant were 80's decade dancers. (PA)
Shirley Ballas and Patrick Mower during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Shirley Ballas and Patrick Mower during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. (PA)
A balloon during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The pageant included a giant balloon featuring the Queen's image. (PA)
Naomi Campbell during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Naomi Campbell was among the national treasures at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (PA)
Athlete Mo Farah during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Athlete Mo Farah joined guests at the Pageant to mark the Queen's reign. (PA)
Vintage cars during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Vintage cars during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on day four of the celebrations. (PA)
Basil Brush, Anthea Turner, Peter Duncan, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Basil Brush, Anthea Turner, Peter Duncan, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves boarded a double decker bus for the pageant. (PA)
A sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
A sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (PA)
Ed Sheeran performs during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
Ed Sheeran performed in front of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (PA)
A participant dressed as a punk during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022.
The punk era was represented during the pageant. (PA)
Riders with bicycles during the pageant. (PA)
Riders with bicycles during the pageant. (PA)
Katherine Jenkins, Chris Eubank and Sir Cliff Richard during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Katherine Jenkins, Chris Eubank and Sir Cliff Richard during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Children's TV characters from shows such as Teletubbies and Peppa Pig formed part of the pageant. (PA)
Children's TV characters from shows such as Teletubbies and Peppa Pig formed part of the pageant. (PA)
Front row left to right, the Prince of Wales; Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and second row, Autumn Kelly, Peter Phillips and Savannah Phillips wave during the pageant. (PA)
Front row left to right, the Prince of Wales; Princess Royal; and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and second row, Autumn Kelly; Peter Phillips; and Savannah Phillips wave during the pageant. (PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis during the pageant as Boris Johnson and Mike Tindall watch on. (PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis - who was up to mischief again - during the pageant as Boris Johnson and Mike Tindall watch on. (PA)
Kate Moss and Patsy Kensit take part in the Platinum Jubilee pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. (PA)
Kate Moss and Patsy Kensit take part in the Platinum Jubilee pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. (PA)
Soldiers parade down The Mall.
Soldiers parade down The Mall.
A car carrying Bake Off judge Prue Leith is pushed after it broke down during the pageant. (PA)
A car carrying Bake Off judge Prue Leith is pushed after it broke down during the pageant. (PA)
Dancers during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Dancers during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Chris Tarrant, Angela Rippon and Noddy Holder during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Chris Tarrant, Angela Rippon and Noddy Holder during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Members of the public watch as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee pageant passes through Westminster. (PA)
Members of the public watch as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee pageant passes through Westminster. (PA)
Prince Louis sat on the knee of his grandfather the Prince of Wales during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Prince Louis sat on the knee of his grandfather the Prince of Wales during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Crowds line The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)
Crowds line The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (PA)

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