Horse show to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70th anniversary


Members of the Household Cavalry ride on horses in the courtyard of the Royal Mews during the media launch of the 'Platinum Jubilee Celebration: A Gallop Through History' at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show will feature a Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee celebration with hundreds of horses and 1,000 performers marking her 70th anniversary on the throne.

The 90-minute military, musical and equestrian spectacular from May 12-15 will culminate in a live-broadcast final show before the Queen, a horse lover. "Platinum Jubilee Celebration: A Gallop Through History," on the grounds of Windsor Castle, will involve more than 10 nations the monarch has toured on state visits.

"We are going to be telling a story not just of the Queen and her 70 years, but the whole history from Queen Elizabeth, the first era to now," said Simon Brooks-Ward, director and producer of Platinum Jubilee Celebration, in an interview at Buckingham Palace, during a media launch on Tuesday.

"(It) will be done through actors ... artists and ... over 500 horses and a thousand people taking part in dancing, music and displays."

Elizabeth, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952 on the death of her father George VI.

Celebrations will be held in the UK throughout 2022, with a special weekend of events in June.

Proceeds from the Platinum Jubilee Celebration in Windsor Castle will go to charity. Tickets for the equestrian show go on sale on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Will Russell; Writing by Sarah Mills; Editing by Richard Chang)

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