between corgis and horses, the grand parade is fine-tuning its preparations

One of the paintings in the procession, entitled ‘The Queen’s Favourites’, was entrusted to Imagineer, an outdoor events company based in this West Midlands town in central England. A “total surprise” and a “huge honor”, underlines its general manager Jane Hytch.

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Dogs and horses

It is a more personal part of the 96-year-old Queen’s life that will be represented in this parade which will march through the streets of London to Buckingham Palace on June 5, as part of her jubilee celebrations. of platinum. “We thought about what she likes,” explains Kathi Leahy, the artistic director. This is how dogs and horses became obvious.

More particularly the famous corgis of the queen, short on legs and with big ears. A pack of twenty puppets of these dogs, mounted on wheels, will take part in the show. The first was named Susan, named after the first corgi given by her parents to Princess Elizabeth for her 18th birthday. Everyone has their own expression. One, with dark brown eyebrows, was nicknamed Groucho Marx, in reference to the American comedian.

Life-size models of corgi dogs are lined up at Imagineer's workshop in Coventry, central England, on May 20, 2022.


Life-size models of corgi dogs are lined up at Imagineer’s workshop in Coventry, central England, on May 20, 2022.

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And to animate them with as much life as possible, during the rehearsals, called “Corgi training camp”, each of the young people who will handle them was asked to ask themselves “what kind of dog” they have in hand: “ mischievous ? “, ” young ? “, ” old ? “, explains Kathi Leahy.

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70 years of reign of Elizabeth II: our file

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On February 6, 1952, Elizabeth II succeeded her father George VI on the throne of the United Kingdom. 70 years later, the monarch remains an essential figure. This Sunday, its platinum jubilee will be celebrated across the kingdom

The parade reserves a special place for horses, a great passion of Elizabeth II, by representing ten of the equidae that mattered in the life of the queen: Peggy, the Shetland pony offered to Princess Elizabeth then aged 4 by the king George V, in Burmese, the mare she rode on several occasions during “Trooping The Colour”, a ceremony officially celebrating her birthday. Horses are often depicted with gears, in homage to Coventry’s rich industrial past. It is also on the site where the company is located that the first British automobile was born at the very end of the 19th century.

Lady Godiva

To celebrate Coventry, a gigantic puppet representing Lady Godiva, created for the London Olympics in 2012, will participate in the parade. It pays homage to the 11th century character who, according to legend, crossed the city naked on horseback to convince her husband Leofric of Mercia to lower taxes.

Jane Hytch, chief executive of Imagineer, stands atop a ladder next to a 10-meter tall puppet of Lady Godiva.


Jane Hytch, chief executive of Imagineer, stands atop a ladder next to a 10-meter tall puppet of Lady Godiva.

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