Ed Sheeran has reflected on past Jubilee celebrations ahead of performing during Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant (Picture: Getty/Rex)
The 31-year-old is among a number of famous faces lined up to perform at the Platinum Pageant, which involves 10,000 people, including the military, more than 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the public.
In a post on Instagram, the singer wrote: ‘20 years ago I decided I wanted to pick up a guitar because I watched the Golden Jubilee on TV, saw Eric Clapton play Layla and said, “that’s what I wanna do”.
‘10 years later I played The A Team at the Diamond Jubilee, and now 10 years on I’m playing the Platinum Jubilee this Sunday.
‘Life is weird how it keeps coming full circle in lovely ways. Tune in on Sunday and see ya there x’
The Shape Of You star is set to perform his song Perfect during Sunday’s celebrations, as a tribute to the Queen and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The singer first performed for the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 (Picture: Getty)
Ed shared pictures on his Instagram, inlcuding this one of meeting Queen Elizabeth backstage in 2012 with Kylie Minogue (R) (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Party At The Palace saw stars perform including (L-R) Rod Stewart, Paul Mccartney, Joe Cocker, Brian Wilson, Brian May and (behind) Eric Clapton (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The song was originally released in 2017 on the singer’s Divide album.
The Platinum Pageant will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and its surrounding streets on the afternoon of Sunday June 5 – the last day of the four-day bank holiday weekend marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
The event is expected to bring to life iconic moments from the Queen’s 70-year reign and showcase how society has changed over the past seven decades.
Highlights will include an aerial artist suspended under a vast helium balloon, known as a heliosphere, bearing the image of the Queen.
The Queen is now marking 70 years on the throne, and her celebrations began on Thursday with Trooping the Colour (Picture: AFP via Getty)
Plent of cleberities are set to join chart-topper Ed on stage for the culmination of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday (Picture: AP/Getty)
Other key moments will be a giant oak tree flanked with maypole dancers, a huge moving wedding cake sounding out Bollywood hits, a towering dragon and three-storey-high beasts.
At one stage, the Queen will be imagined in her younger days with a 20ft puppet of a youthful princess, barefoot and carefree, surrounded by a pack of mischievous puppet corgis along The Mall.
A number of celebrities, including Sandie Shaw, Marc Almond, Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley and Jools Holland, will take part in the finale, when Ed Sheeran will appear on stage to lead his special tribute to the Queen.
The Platinum Pageant airs on BBC One from 1pm on Sunday, June 5. The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace airs on BBC One from 7:30pm on Saturday, June 4.
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