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Friday, 3 August, 2001, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
All-star Jubilee gigs at Palace
The Queen in Buckingham Palace Gardens
Buckingham Palace Gardens under inspection this week
An all-star pop concert and classical gala will be staged for the public in the Queen's garden at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.

The 2002 celebration of the Queen's 50-year reign will be the first time the Palace grounds, usually the venue for invitation-only Royal garden parties, are opened for public concerts.

Official Golden Jubilee logo
A National Service of Thanksgiving will take place on 4 June
Launching the events, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said: "The weekend will have something for everyone."

"From the concerts to the Thanksgiving Service, these events will give a focus to the celebrations across the country."

Tickets to the events, during an extended June bank holiday weekend, are to be free to UK citizens and will be allocated by ballot.

Some 14,000 tickets will be available, but the events will be produced and televised by the BBC and relayed to giant screens beside the Palace for those without tickets.

Silver Jubilee
The Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 were a huge success
Details of the stars to appear at the pop concert have not been revealed, but it is understand that they will reflect 50 years of music.

"It is a time to remember and a time to thank the Queen for 50 years of service to the nation," said Ms Jowell.

It is hoped that the Jubilee celebrations will give a boost to the UK tourism industry.

There are also plans for a carnival pageant along The Mall, which will be closed to traffic for the day, on 4 June 2002.

This will reflect the stated Jubilee themes of celebration, service and community involvement.

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