Next month, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking seven decades on the throne.
She will become the first ever British monarch to reach the milestone, and for the occasion there are a whole host of events going on - from an extra bank holiday to royal parades like Trooping the Colour.
One of the biggest events will be the Queen’s Platinum Party at the Palace, a huge concert bringing together some of the biggest names and celebrities to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
This is everything we know about the Platinum Party at the Palace - and how you can get your hands on some tickets.
What is the Queen’s Platinum Party at the Palace?
The Platinum Party at the Palace is a concert celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II.
The star studded event will include performances from some of the biggest names in music, ranging from “pop stars to rock royalty to opera singers”.
A statement from the Palace said: “The Platinum Party at the Palace will bring together the world’s biggest entertainers to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
“With state-of-the-art technology and a stunning stage design, the event will feature an incredible range of highlights from global music stars with a full, live orchestra – to actors from film, TV and the stage telling the story and celebrating some of the most significant cultural moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.”
The event will have three stages and even 3D-projections across the face of the Palace.
The Party at the Palace is hosted by the Royal Family and the BBC and will kick off on 4 June 2022.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer, said in a statement: "The Platinum Party at the Palace is set to be one of the highlights of Her Majesty The Queen’s landmark Jubilee festivities weekend and one of the biggest concerts in a generation.
"The BBC is honoured to be bringing every moment of this live event to millions watching and listening at home, and on outdoor screens across the UK and around the world."
Who is playing?
The full lineup of artists playing at the Platinum Party at the Palace has not yet been released, but the first performer has been announced as George Ezra.
In a statement, award-winning musician Ezra, who currently has chicken pox, said: “Hello everyone, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, what an incredible honour to be asked.
“I look forward to seeing you all on June 4 where we can bring pop and roll to the palace.”
In 2002, S Club 7 and members of the rock band Queen performed at the Palace for the Golden Jubilee.
In 2012, Gary Barlow organised celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary, which featured performances from Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran.
How can I get tickets?
Unfortunately tickets will not be made public to purchase - but you can apply for tickets by entering the ballot.
There are 5,000 pairs of free concert tickets up for grabs, with each successful ticket holder able to bring a guest, bringing the audience total to 10,000 tickets.
The ballot opened today (Thursday 24 February) at 7am and will close at 11:59pm on 23 March.
To apply you’ll need to head over to the Ticketmaster website and fill out the online form. The form requires information such as your name, address, date of birth, phone number and if you have any disability requirements. You can then also input the details of a guest as well.
The official Platinum Jubilee website says: “The 10,000 tickets are not being allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so there is as much chance of being selected if an application is made on the 24th of February as on the 23rd of March.”
Those looking to apply for tickets have to be over the age of 18, and any guests must be aged 11 or ever. Guests who are aged under 16 must be accompanied by a ticket holder who is a parent or legal guardian, or someone with the written permission of a parent or legal guardian.
Only one application per person is permitted, with successful applicants notified by email by late April 2022. At that time successful applicants will be asked to accept their tickets. You’ll have two weeks in which to claim your ticket.
Tickets will be digital and successful applicants will use a QR code to gain access to the event on their mobile phone.
All guests are asked to bring two separate forms of identification as well as their tickets, one of which must be photographic (such as a passport or photo driving licence) and the other must confirm your current home address.
If you’re not one of the lucky winners, or you can’t make it to the venue in London, then don’t worry - the Platinum Party at the Palace will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2, and supported across the entire BBC network, so you can still watch the concert from the comfort of your own home.
How do I get to Buckingham Palace?
Ticket holders will be responsible for their own travel to Buckingham Palace and their own accommodation.
There will be no parking available so guests are recommended that they make their way to the venue on public transport.
There are both rail and underground stations within walking distance of the Palace - you can check the Transport for London website for more information about how to plan your journey.
What is and isn’t allowed into the concert?
Guests are not allowed to bring their own food or alcohol into the event, but there will be concessions within the concert arena if you want to buy food or drink.
You are allowed to bring a camera, but you won’t be permitted to film anything (even on your phone) and professional cameras (including zoom lenses) are not allowed either.
Only small A4 sized bags, handbags and rainwear will be permitted, and there will not be a cloakroom available. Umbrellas will not be allowed.
All guests will be subject to a security search on arrival.
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