A full dress rehearsal of a procession between Westminster Hall and Buckingham Palace has taken place ahead of the weekend’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The captains and crew of more than 1,000 boats that will sail along the River Thames in a flotilla on Sunday will also be briefed later.
Millions of UK tourists will be in London to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of 60 years since the Queen came to the throne.
In the early hours of Friday, members of the armed forces and the Household Division were among the 2,000 servicemen and women rehearsing the carriage procession – one of the final events of the Jubilee celebrations.
Members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Division rode from the Palace of Westminster along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square before travelling along the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
The procession included the 1902 state landau carriage – used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day – that will be used to take the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday.
The BBC’s Daniela Relph said the full ceremonial rehearsal was a real display of the pomp and pageantry that is expected over the whole four days of jubilee celebrations.
Soldiers rehearsed their three cheers for the Queen and the national anthem was played, she added.
Major Andrew Chatburn, the ceremonial officer for the household division, described a “spectacular sight”.
“I’m looking down the Mall now from Admiralty Arch, with the flag and the streets lined – and the mounted band has just gone down there.”
Speaking after the rehearsal, the state ceremonial training officer for the Royal Navy, Warrant Officer Paul Barker, said it had gone “very well”.
“We are at the right stage that we need to be at – we don’t want to peak too early but it’s everything I expected them to achieve.”
There would be “a mixture of nerves and pride” ahead of the “one-off event”, he added.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be joined by the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for Tuesday’s event.
At 09:00 BST on Friday, preparations will continue for the BBC’s Jubilee concert, which will be held in front of Buckingham Palace in the area surrounding the Queen Victoria Memorial on Monday.
A range of artists, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John, Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran are due to perform.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world.
Boats taking part in the Thames Jubilee Pageant will start mustering at West India Quay, near Canary Wharf, from 09:00 BST on Friday.
More than 1,000 vessels of all shapes and sizes will form a flotilla and sail along the Thames from upriver of Battersea Bridge to down river of Tower Bridge on Sunday.
Ships too tall to pass under Tower Bridge are being moored along the banks of the river, to form an avenue of sail. Source: BBC
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