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Charles, Camilla and Earl and Countess of Wessex set to lead Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate Jubilee

Charles, Camilla and Earl and Countess of Wessex set to lead Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate Jubilee

Senior members of the Royal Family have led the nation’s Big Jubilee lunch today as a record-breaking 12 million people are set to celebrate the Queen‘s 70 year reign on the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the Big Lunch, joined Charles at a flagship feast at The Oval cricket ground in south London, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex are also set meet people creating the ‘Long Table’ down on The Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle – despite the Met Office issuing a yellow thunderstorm weather warning.

The duchess of Cornwall was seen in a stunning emerald green dress by Fiona Clare, whilst Charles donned a smart suit for the occasion.

The celebration also coincides with this year’s Thank You Day – originally set up to pay tribute to those who helped people through the pandemic.

Celebrities David and Victoria Beckham, Ross Kemp, Gareth Southgate, Prue Leith and Ellie Simmonds have urged people to throw the biggest thank you party for the Queen.

The Platinum Pudding, Scotch eggs and fruit platters will feature on a six-metre felt creation by artist Lucy Sparrow, which was viewed by Charles and Camilla at The Oval. The intricate creations will also be given pride of place in the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace later this year.

The Big Lunch at Windsor will attempt to break the world record for the longest dinner table by assembling 488 tables on the Long Walk outside the famous royal residence.

Camilla, patron of the Big Lunch, has joined Prince Charles at a flagship feast at The Oval cricket ground in south London today

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall marveled at the felt Platinum Pudding, Scotch eggs and fruit platters by artist Lucy Sparrow

Pictured: Prince Charles and Camilla attend the Big Jubilee Lunch At The Oval

The intricate six-metre felt creations will also be given pride of place in the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace later this year

The scale of events shows the nation’s admiration for Her Majesty (pictured at Windsor in April)

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will meet people creating the ‘Long Table’ down on The Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle

Members of the local community, 70 volunteers who have been recognised as Platinum Champions through the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards, celebrity ambassadors and various charity representatives will be among the guests at the cricket ground.

Charles and Camilla will also present the Platinum Champions with certificates and pins, before cutting a Big Jubilee Lunch cake.

More than 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches are being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.

Last month Camilla told the Mail of her passion and determination to get as many members of the public out to celebrate as possible.

‘It’s just wonderful to get people back together again, isn’t it?’ she said. ‘It’s a lovely way to celebrate, it’s a lovely way to get to know your neighbours and to have a lot of delicious food and chat.’

Edward and Sophie will join Berkshire residents for their special lunch on the Long Walk, opposite Windsor Castle.

The Long Walk is being reinvented to create ‘the Long Table’ in celebration of the jubilee. This royal pair are also set to meet groups of street performers. The Big Lunch is an annual event aimed at celebrating community connections.

Guests wait for the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as Patron of the Big Lunch, at the Big Jubilee Lunch with tables set up on the pitch at The Oval cricket ground in London

Pictured:  A felt art piece by Lucy Sparrow of a Jubilee Lunch at the Oval cricket ground in London today 

Lucy Sparrow created a spread of felt cakes, strawberries, scotch eggs and a tea set to celebrate the Big Lunch happening across the globe today

The knitted decor also includes devilled eggs, a fruit adorned cake and mini Battenberg cakes, that have little smiling faces on

Members of the local community, 70 volunteers who have been recognised as Platinum Champions through the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards, celebrity ambassadors and various charity representatives will be among the guests at the cricket ground 

More than 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches are being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland

The celebration is being organised by the Eden Project Big Lunch initiative, which is seeing everything from world record-breaking street party attempts to small community gatherings of just one or two neighbours among the registrations.

More than 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches are also being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.

Peter Stewart, executive director of the Eden Project, where the idea for The Big Lunch comes from, told the Daily Mail: ‘Despite hard copies running out, demand for our digital packs is pushing that number up, so we think our estimates of more than 12million joining in on the weekend is modest.

‘That’s possible because of National Lottery support and the patronage of HRH Duchess of Cornwall, who has been behind us every step of the way.’

Mr Stewart was at pains to stress that people wishing to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee do not have to organise a formal event – even pulling up a chair and inviting neighbours over for a slice of cake will do.

The important thing, he said, was to stretch out a hand of friendship and be part of a ‘historical national event’.

The Big Lunch at Windsor (pictured this morning) will attempt to break the world record for the longest dinner table by assembling 488 tables on the Long Walk outside the famous royal residence 

The Long Walk is being reinvented to create ‘the Long Table’ in celebration of the jubilee

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are also set to meet groups of street performers. The Big Lunch is an annual event aimed at celebrating community connections

Despite the wet weather, overnight volunteers and council officials prepared the tables that stretch down the long walk in Windsor

Two neighbouring villages from adjoining counties are hoping to break the world record for the longest jubilee street party.

Goring, in Oxfordshire, and Streatley, in Berkshire, plan to create a kilometre-long (0.6 mile) celebration, with more than 500 tables spanning the full length of both village high streets.

In Morecambe, Lancashire, the town council’s party will see 300 tables stretched across the famous promenade – past the famous Eric Morecambe statue unveiled by the Queen in 1999.

Birmingham is hosting a major open-to-all event in its Victoria Square, while in Bognor Regis, on the South Coast, the whole town is being turned into a carnival with big screens.

In Bristol there will be an international celebration, highlighting the Queen’s global popularity. From Preston, where 10,000 people are expected at one event, to Portsmouth, where two events will see live entertainment and bandstand performances, communities are coming together.

David and Victoria Beckham are set to host a special big lunch on Sunday for inspirational individuals as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Meanwhile, David Beckham and his wife Victoria are set to host a special big lunch on Sunday for inspirational individuals as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The A-list couple will celebrate people who have made incredible contributions to their communities.

The Beckham’s Big Jubilee Lunch will air as part of the Platinum Pageant on BBC One on Sunday June 5.

Those attending the couple’s lunch include MBE recipients such as Judith Harper, who was made an MBE for services to fostering, having fostered more than 100 children.

Also at the lunch will be Saeed Atcha, who was made an MBE for services to young people and the community in 2019. 

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